In November last year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, made a very important announcement: awarding grants of almost £1 million to Poppyscotland. You can read about our two vital projects below, which will receive funding in 2017 and beyond.
Poppy on the move
As part of the grant awarded to Poppyscotland, we have received £730,000 for a mobile education and community resource. The Moving Poppy vehicle will tour schools and rural communities across Scotland. The aim is to bring our well-regarded learning programme, Sowing the Poppy Seed, to more people than ever before. In fact, we estimate that an incredible 9,000 schoolchildren and 50,000 adults will enjoy spending time on the Moving Poppy each year. The grant will go towards purchasing the Moving Poppy vehicle and keep it running for the first five years.
Mark Bibbey, Poppyscotland Chief Executive, commented: “The Moving Poppy will help us reach many more people. It will also bring our learning programme to remote areas of the country and help us to promote our welfare services, volunteering opportunities and fundraising in these communities.”
New Ayrshire Welfare Centre
Alongside the Moving Poppy, we have been awarded a £250,000 grant to fund a new Poppyscotland welfare centre in Ayrshire. The new centre will provide a vastly improved level of support for the Armed Forces community in south west Scotland, which is home to 175,000 veterans – a third of the total in Scotland.
A recent study highlighted that support for the ex-Service community in the region is disjointed, so our new centre in Kilmarnock will aim to bring existing services and Poppyscotland’s own expertise together in one central hub.
Speaking about this much-needed new centre, our Head of Welfare Services, Gary Gray, said: “Poppyscotland Ayrshire will be a one-stop-shop for the Armed Forces community in Ayrshire and the surrounding area. Having opened a similar welfare centre in Inverness, we know that the model works. It has made a life-changing difference to hundreds of members of the Armed Forces community in the north of Scotland since opening in 2014 and we look forward to replicating that success at our Kilmarnock hub from 2017.”