Skye and Lochalsh Veterans Steering Group
Recent initiatives and the implementation of pilot schemes concerning the NHS care of Armed Forces Veterans has highlighted that the NHS Scotland and local Government are vastly underestimating the number of Armed Forces Veterans resident in Skye and Lochalsh and more widely across Highland and the Islands. This underrepresentation of true numbers potentially means that when it comes to funding for the provision of physical and mental health care services and specific social care support we will attract an inappropriately low amount of funding and support.
We wish to be afforded the same level of health and social care afforded to Armed Forces Veterans across the UK, there is significant disparity between what is offered in the central belt and what is offered within Highland.
We would like to have a fuller understanding of the number of Armed Forces Veterans on Skye and Lochalsh and taking part in this survey, it will enable us to:
A. Be able to inform NHS Highland and our MSPS and MPS.
B. Negotiate for the provision visiting social and healthcare and social and welfare support services (inc SSAFA, Legion Scotland, ABF, RNBF, RAFA etc)
C. Establish a record of Veterans to enable the provision of self help within our Veteran Community.
D. Establish a record of Veterans so that we may be able to consider the formulation of a Skye and Lochalsh Armed Forces Veterans Association.
E. Establish a record of Veterans so that we can build a social network.
To help collate information, Skye and Lochalsh Council For Voluntary Organisations are managing this survey and your answers can be anonymous.
There is a Veterans Breakfast Club which is a national organisation already in Skye which meets at Jans Vans Café in Portree- https://www.afvbc.net/. However we would like to create a local safe, welcoming place for veterans (or serving military personnel while visiting Skye) to meet with likeminded people from a similar background.
If you have any issues completing the survey please contact Samantha-Jo McArthur at SLCVO on email@example.com or call 01478 612921.
Thank you for your support.