A local charity supporting veterans has received a new funding boost through the Scottish Veterans Fund.

The Erskine Veterans Charity has supported former armed forces personnel since 1916 at its home in Renfrewshire.

The £12,850 grant will help employ a new member of staff at the activity centre to provide a wide range of financial advice to members on topics such as welfare, debt management, veteran specific benefits, pension and energy advice.

Over £140,000 in total was given to veterans groups across the country in the latest round of funding through the Scottish Government programme.

Since being set up in 2008, the Fund has paid out over £1.7 million to projects aimed at helping armed forces veterans and their families overcome any disadvantage experienced as a result of service.

Other beneficiaries of the Fund include the RAF Foundation, Walking with the Wounded, and the Thistle Foundation.

The news was welcomed by Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP, Gavin Newlands.

He said: “I’m delighted that the hard work Erskine do supporting veterans and their families has once again been recognised in this funding award by the Scottish Government.

“The Scottish Veterans Fund has already paid out over £1.7 million in funding to groups across Scotland in the 14 years since it was set up, and it continues to go from strength to strength.

“Transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging for many former personnel, and the more support we can provide as a society to those facing that challenge, the better, which is why the support
provided by the Fund is so useful.

“When I visit Erskine I never fail to be impressed by the tireless work they do to support those who served in our armed forces.

“With Keith Brown as the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans – who served himself with the Royal Marines for several years – I know Scotland’s veterans will continue to have the support from the Scottish Government they all deserve.”