Falkirk Council

Falkirk Council
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Veterans' Champion

The Scottish Government's Cross Party Group on supporting Veterans in Scotland was established in 2008 to consider issues affecting the veteran community in Scotland in order that those responsible for shaping policy, locally and nationally, recognise that the needs of some veterans may be different from other members of the community. Its work has focussed on issues such as improving allocations policies for social housing and priority medical treatment and on securing better mental health services for veterans.

The Group was keen to establish a network of local 'champions' to work with veterans groups, promote veterans issues within their Councils and liaise with the Cross Party Group.

Each local authority was invited to appoint a Veterans Champion to act as a link with:

  • The Cross Party Group
  • The Scottish Government
  • The UK Government
  • Veteran's Charities
  • Veteran's Organisations
  • Veterans

Falkirk Council appointed Councillor John Patrick as it's Veteran's Champion on 18 May 2012. Councillor Patrick has been a Councillor since 1996. He served with the Royal Air Force as a National Serviceman from 1958 - 1960.

Councillor Patrick can be contacted at John.Patrick@falkirk.gov.uk| or by telephone 01324 506161

For more information see forthcoming events.

A number of organisations provide valuable support to veterans. Some of these are listed below together with contact numbers:

Organisation Telephone No.
ABF The Soldiers' Charity| 0131 310 5132/
0131 310 5116
Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP)| 0845 231 0300
British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association (BLESMA)| 01764 652 480
Erskine| 0141 812 1100
Ex-Service Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress)| 01292 561 300
Forces Pension Society| 020 7820 9988
Officers Association Scotland (OA Scotland)| 0131 557 2782
Poppyscotland| 0131 557 2782
Regular Forces Employment Association| 0131 557 1747
Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF)| 0131 225 6421
Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)| 0131 225 5221
Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS)| 0131 557 2782
Royal Naval Association (RNA)| 02392 722983
Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT)| 02392 60112
Scottish War Blinded| 0131 333 1334/
0131 333 1369
Scottish Veterans' Residence| 0131 556 0091
Seafarers Support| 0800 121 4765
Service Personnel and Veterans Agency| 0800 169 2277
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help (SSAFA Forces Help)| 0845 1300 975
St Dunstans| 020 7723 5021
Veterans Assist Scotland| 0131 550 1569
Veterans Scotland| 0131 557 2782
Veterans UK| 0800 169 5401
Veterans Welfare Service| 0800 169 2277
War Widows' Association of Great Britain (WWA)| 0845 2412 189


Please see our dedicated Veterans page| for further information.

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    Cllr John Patrick
    Falkirk Council
    Members Services
    Municipal Buildings
    Falkirk
    FK1 5RS
  • By Telephone:
    01324 506161
  • By Email
    John.Patrick@
    falkirk.gov.uk