THE Rangers Charity Foundation’s work with services related charities will continue this season via its Armed Forces Fund which will again work with charity partners but for the first time will also be able to help smaller local and community-led projects too.
The Foundation has chosen to support SSAFA, Poppyscotland and the Coming Home Centre in Govan for season 2018/19 and have pledged to raise £3,000 for each, as well as an additional £6,000 to help smaller projects throughout the season which are improving the lives of veterans and serving personnel.
The first beneficiary of this new fund this season was Veterans First Point Lanarkshire, which works with veterans from all three services struggling with a variety of issues and operates in conjunction with the Scottish Association for Mental Health and the NHS. They received funds for new kit for their veterans’ football team, as well as training equipment and footballs.
The Rangers Charity Foundation has a long and proud tradition of working with services related charities and was a joint signatory, along with the Club, to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016, receiving the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence a year later in 2017.
The Foundation has donated over £168,000 in cash to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date, as well as significant in-kind support. Donations have included over £57,000 to veterans’ charity Erskine and £40,000 to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, as well as donations ranging from £5,000 – £7,500 to many others such as Combat Stress, Poppyscotland, RNRMC, AA Veterans Support and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, provides lifelong support to serving personnel, veterans and their families. Last year, SSAFA caseworkers in Glasgow delivered personalised support to over 750 members of the Armed Forces community in need, providing practical, emotional and financial help through its network of volunteer caseworkers.
Poppyscotland reaches out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need. The charity provides tailored support and funding to thousands of ex-Servicemen and women as well as other vital services in advice, employment, mobility, respite, housing and mental health support.
The Coming Home Centre’s mission is to serve those who have served, offering practical help and advice to veterans and a place to meet and enjoy peer support and camaraderie.
Set up in 2010 in the heart of Govan, close to Ibrox Stadium, the Coming Home Centre provides a place for veterans to get together, enjoy lunch or a cup of tea, and talk with their peers. The Centre offers veterans access to a wide range of support and advice and also runs a number of workshops, from music and art therapy classes to cooking and woodwork.