Poppyscotland Inverness opens doors for Armed Forces Day

19th June 2017 Laura Hayward

This year’s Armed Forces Day is on Saturday 24th June, and, to mark the special occasion, Poppyscotland’s Inverness Welfare Centre is hosting an open day on Friday in recognition of the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community in Scotland.

The event, which runs from 11:30am to 3pm, is open to all serving or former members of the Armed Forces in the north of Scotland, including Reservists and family members, and aims to bring people together in an informal setting to learn more about what support is available and how to access it. There is also the opportunity to join the Legion Scotland Inverness Breakfast Club at 10am that same morning.

Nina Semple, the Welfare Services Manager at Poppyscotland’s Inverness Welfare Centre, said: “It’s important for the Armed Forces community in the north of Scotland to know that we offer funding and support, along with services for advice, employment, mobility and respite, and support for housing and mental health.

“What’s more, we ensure that our services are tailored to meet local needs, ensuring no-one is disadvantaged by virtue of where they live. This event will bring people together in an informal setting to improve their understanding of our diverse Armed Forces community and the key issues its members face.”

Poppyscotland supports current and former Servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both regular and reserve, and members of the Merchant Navy who have served in a commercial vessel in support of UK military operations. Collectively we recognise them as the Armed Forces community which is made up of around 530,000 people in Scotland (100,000 North of Scotland, 25,000 Highlands).

The key principles of Poppyscotland Welfare Services include early prevention, to stop a problem before it becomes a crisis, as well as empowering individuals to give them the means to regain control of their lives. We take a holistic approach – not simply problem solving, but identifying and addressing root causes. What’s more, we work in collaboration with others to achieve the best outcome for beneficiaries. Our approach is also evidence-led; where services are developed on the basis of sound, empirical evidence and we practise sustainability to ensure that our services has long-lasting impact.

For more information on the event, please visit https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/events/inverness-armed-forces-day/