By Judith Haw
The Scottish Veterans Fund has awarded Erskine a generous grant of £15,000 towards the cost of developing our new post of Support Worker for the Erskine Transitional Supported Accommodation project.
To increase housing availability for Veterans, and further diversify the mix of housing Erskine provides, we are currently constructing 24 Transitional Supported Apartments on our Veterans Village in Bishopton. The apartments will provide safe, temporary accommodation predominantly for Service men and women of working age who, for various reasons, leave the Armed Forces unexpectedly. Through the employment of a dedicated Support Worker we will deliver a personalised programme of activities for each Veteran over a two-year period. Designed to enhance Veterans’ prospects of identifying long-term accommodation and employment, the programme will include housing advice, welfare and benefits advice, access to formal training and education, CV and interview support, life skills, and more.
Erskine Chief Executive, Wing Commander Ian Cumming, commented: “Each year approximately 1,800 men and women completing military service choose to settle in Scotland, with around 600 seeking to reside in communities local to our Veterans Village. Our project will support those from this cohort who are leaving the Armed Forces at short notice, with no immediate plans in place, thereby minimising the risk of experiencing homelessness and increasing the potential for successful transition to civilian life.
“The role of the Support Worker is essential to the provision of appropriate services for Veterans residing in Erskine Transitional Supported Accommodation and to the overall success of this project. We are therefore incredibly grateful to the Scottish Veterans Fund for their most generous financial assistance, which will support younger Veterans as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.”
Jim Wilson, General Secretary of Veterans Scotland, added: “It is great to see this important project being supported by the Scottish Veterans Fund. The importance of securing accommodation and long-term sustainable employment when transitioning from Service to Civilian life must not be underestimated and often proves to be a significant challenge for a small cohort of those that leave annually. This project provides additional support for them and will ensure they have every opportunity to continue to contribute fully to society after leaving the Services.”
To find out more about the work of Veterans Scotland and support provided to the Veteran community across Scotland click here www.veteransscotland.co.uk.
To find out more about a range of services and information that is available for members of the Armed Forces and Veterans Community, go to www.veterans-assist.org.