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Scottish Veterans Minister visits Glasgow Helping Heroes

Scottish Veterans Minister visits Glasgow Helping Heroes


28 May, 2019

The Scottish Veterans Minister, Graeme Dey (pictured left), recently visited Glasgow Helping Heroes to experience at first hand its crucial work with the Armed Forces community …

Staff and beneficiaries spoke to the Minister about the specialised support provided by the Glasgow’s Helping Heroes drop-in centre. The visit also gave the Minister a chance to discuss the Scottish government’s work with the Armed Forces community across Scotland and how this is evolving after the recent consultation on the Veterans Strategy.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a partnership between SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and Glasgow City Council to support the serving community, veterans and their families. The team offers holistic help and advice on issues such as housing, employment and training, dealing with debt or financial issues, and assistance relating to health problems.

Says Veterans Minister Graeme Dey:‘I am very pleased to be able to hear about the valuable work being done both with and on behalf of those in our veterans community who, for whatever reason, have found themselves requiring additional support.We established the Scottish Veterans Fund to assist the groups and organisations already providing excellent support to Scotland’s ex-Service personnel and their families. Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a great example of exactly that, and I’m delighted that the Scottish government is able to support them as they develop that work further.’

Rachel Tribble, service manager at Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, adds:‘A visit from the Veterans Minister shows that the Scottish government takes the support of the Armed Forces community very seriously. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to discuss our work, particularly the huge advantages of the holistic approach we have when working with beneficiaries.’

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a service for veterans and their families who live or work in Glasgow, helping those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, as well as those struggling with tenancies.

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