Annual Review 2011/12
Extensive research has been carried out, examining the current and likely future needs of the Armed Forces community in Scotland. As a result we have developed a five-year plan, which will be implemented in 2012/13, and will transform the range of services we are able to provide. Here are some of the ways in which we will be improving the lives of Scotland’s veterans and their families over the next year:
Dedicated service in the North of Scotland
In 2013 Poppyscotland will open an office in Inverness. This will be an extension of our services in both a welfare provision and fundraising sense and will be the first time that we have had a physical presence outside of Scotland’s Central Belt. We will seek to provide a co-ordinated and holistic service where the Armed Forces community in the North of Scotland can access advice, information and support to improve their quality of life.
Expanding access to advice
The Armed Services Advice Project, our advice service with Citizens Advice Scotland, is changing lives for the better. Over the next year we will extend the project to other areas in Scotland, including Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, Edinburgh & Lothians.
Helping veterans get into work
Partnership working is at the heart of Poppyscotland’s welfare services and this will continue with the development of three employment initiatives to help veterans get into work:
- Working with the charity SAMH we will introduce Employ-Able, a service to help veterans with mental health issues get into work. It will remove barriers, help develop skills and set goals, taking the form of one-to-one and group work sessions.
- LifeWorks is a vocational assessment programme that matches employment options with skills and mind-set. Previously run in England by Royal British Legion Industries, Poppyscotland will work with them to deliver this service in Scotland.
- We believe everyone deserves a second chance in life if they have taken a wrong turn. We will work with APEX Scotland to improve the employment prospects of veterans with criminal convictions. Trained advisers will help individuals identify career options, provide a letter of disclosure and prepare them for interview.
In order to deliver our new and existing life-changing services we need to raise more money and our fundraising drive will continue. Our aim is to highlight the needs of the Armed Forces community, to promote the expanding range of welfare services that Poppyscotland provides and to raise as much money as possible to make an unforgettable difference to those we help.