Type Charity for veterans and their families
Location Scotland
Grant amount £15,000
Date March 2015
Website www.poppyscotland.org.uk

How the charity helps veterans

Best known for running the iconic Scottish Poppy Appeal, Poppyscotland aims to work all year round to identify and help those veterans and their families who are in urgent need of care and support.

Poppyscotland merged with The Royal British Legion in June 2011. One of the aims of the merger was for Poppyscotland to extend the range of welfare services that it offers to mirror those of the Royal British Legion.

Their principal objectives are to relieve suffering, hardship and distress and to promote the relief of need and to promote education. Their activities include fundraising and the provision of welfare services including:

  • operating the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal
  • operating, as a subsidiary charity, the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh, employing disabled Service veterans in the manufacture of poppies, wreaths etc.
  • providing financial assistance to individuals in crisis
  • providing (in partnership with other organisations) employability initiatives in the areas of mental health, veterans with a criminal record and vocational assessments
  • providing advice, information and guidance to individuals and their families via our welfare centre in Inverness and via the Armed Services Advice Project delivered in partnership with Citizens Advice Scotland

Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity grant

In March 2015, Poppyscotland received a grant of £15,000 from The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. The money was used to support the Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) which delivers information, advice and support to members of the Armed Forces Community through a Scotland-wide helpline and maintaining this funding in subsequent years. 

Between October 2013 and September 2014, ASAP helped 2,433 who were supported through 10635 new issues and seven repeat issues. 10 per cent of these clients had Royal Navy or Royal Marines background and 71 per cent of all clients were veterans.

Ian McGregor, Chief Executive of Poppyscotland, said: “ASAP is a success story for Poppyscotland; it is going a long way to tackling the problems faced by the most vulnerable members of the Armed Forces community and excellent results are being achieved."