Our Council is working with as many organisations as possible to improve the lives of current and former service personnel in Dumfries and Galloway. It's important for people to realise that they don't have to cope on their own. There is help available.
We're currently working with a range of organisations to see how best we can help current and former service personnel and their families to cope with issues such as housing, benefits, mental and physical health, post-traumatic stress, and returning to civilian life.
Our region is in the vanguard of support with our Dumfries and Galloway Armed Forces Community Covenant. This is a statement of mutual support between our civilian community and our local armed forces community.
This is supported by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme, which has a national fund of £30m. Over 4 years, this scheme will consider bids for grants from £100 to £250,000 from areas with a Community Covenant. Projects successfully applying for funds must deliver tangible results and meet the overall aims of the Armed Forces Community Covenant.
So, whatever issues you have as a current of former member of our armed forces, you can be assured that there are people and agencies that can help you. To help you find the help that is available, this page has links to a wide range of agencies, including Registered Social Landlords (RSLs), Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS), Combat Stress, Welfare Rights, and our Council's Financial Inclusion and Assessment Team (FIAT).
I very much hope that you find this site and its links of help. If you want to discuss any matter related to the site or the links to information, please contact me.
Councillor Archie Dryburgh
Armed Forces Champion
Dumfries and Galloway Council