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Veteran factory Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company announces director

Newly-formed Scotland’s Bravest manufacturing Company, the largest employment development specifically for Scottish veterans in decades, is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural director.

Michelle Ferguson, whose previous organisation was twice recognised as finalists in the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards under her stewardship, will take over the Refrewshire-based social enterprise due to launch in June.

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Memorandum of Understanding to serve military community

Today (29 November 2017), the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) and Veterans First Point (V1P) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the aim to improve collaboration between the two organisations and to better serve the Military community in Scotland.

DMWS and V1P’s cause complements each other; both organisations focus on improving the health and well-being of veterans and their families.

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Housing Options Scotland celebrates 20th Anniversary

Housing Options Scotland (HOS), a Scottish charity offering housing advice to disabled people, older people and veterans is celebrating 20 years of service this year.

Founded back in 1997, the Edinburgh-based organisation has grown from a small operation to a well-established charity helping an average of 500 clients per year. Over the last 20 years, HOS has built-up a reputation of excellence by providing its customers with advice and support on the complex design, financial and legal processes involved in buying or renting a property.

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Combat Stress announces TV presenter Neil Oliver as its ambassador in Scotland

Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health, has today announced Neil Oliver as an ambassador in Scotland.

The television presenter, archaeologist and author, best known for presenting series such as A History of Scotland, Vikings and Coast, will help the charity to raise awareness of its vital work supporting former servicemen and women with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Neil recently visited Hollybush House, the Combat Stress treatment centre in Ayr, to meet with veterans supported by the charity.

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Plans unveiled for Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company to employ Scottish veterans

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, the largest employment development specifically for Scottish veterans in decades, will open at veterans’ charity Erskine’s headquarters next June, it was announced today.

Renfrewshire-based social enterprise SBMC is projected to help more than 40 of the country’s brave ex-servicemen and women every year through direct, flexible employment – whilst also offering vital tailored wrap-around welfare support and accommodation in collaboration with Erskine.

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Edinburgh – Remembrance Day service

Frank Ross, the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, was joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and fellow politicians, as well as members of the Armed Forces community, for a ceremony at the Stone of Remembrance to mark Remembrance Sunday today (November 12th).

More than 100 wreaths were laid at the poignant service, organised by Legion Scotland at the City Chambers, to remember those who have fallen in conflicts. Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE, the President of Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland, read Binyon’s Lines after the bugler had played the Last Post.

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Edinburgh falls silent at Armistice Day service

The firing of the Edinburgh Castle gun signalled the start of the Armistice Day Service, in Edinburgh, today (Saturday 11th November). A two-minute silence followed thereafter before the Rev Dr Karen K Campbell conducted the service in the Garden of Remembrance.

Members of the Armed Forces community, including veterans, attended the poignant event, organised by Legion Scotland, to remember those who have fallen in conflicts. Frank Ross, the Right Honourable Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, led a special group of wreath-layers at an event that was open to the public. The ‘Poppy Bus’ – provided by Lothian Buses and appropriately numbered 11 – halted beside the Garden of Remembrance at 11am.

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Wednesday 6 December – Perth Christmas Concert

St John’s Kirk of Perth will be getting into the Christmas spirit by holding a concert on Wednesday 6 December to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

More information: Performers will include the Kirk Choir and Organist, the Military Wives Choir from Leuchars base in Fife, an Ensemble of the Highland Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, well-known Olivier award winning actress Lesley Mackie, as well as local dignitaries, including Brigadier Mel Jameson CBE- the Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, and Branch President, the local Regiment -51st Highland, 7th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Black Watch Association and many SSAFA volunteers.

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