New help for our veterans

Borders veterans can now access a local service that will deliver support to vulnerable ex-servicemen and women, and help them find work .

Veterans’ charity Poppyscotland and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) have created Employ-Able, which provides training and practical advice to assist veterans in their search for jobs.

Employ-Able aims to remove barriers to employment and help develop veterans’ skills, through one-to-one and group work, using the model of SAMH’s successful Tools for Living programme. Ongoing support once veterans are in employment is also available.

Bobby Duffy, Director of Operations at SAMH said: “Veterans deserve as much support as we can give them when they settle back into the community. We know it can be hard for some veterans to get back into regular employment and that unemployment and financial difficulties are bad for your mental health, so we’re really pleased to be working with Poppyscotland to deliver this service.”

There are around 189,000 veterans of working age in Scotland.

Poppyscotland research suggests that the unemployment rate for veterans aged 18-49 is twice that of the general UK population, with around 28,000 veterans in Scotland out of work.

The research found a lack of current employability services that specifically target veterans who may be vulnerable or need additional support to get back into work. Employ-Able is intended to address this lack.