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Spotlight on: Armed Forces Community

In Scotland, it is estimated that 20% of the population are part of the Armed Forces Community. Recognising that members of this community often have particular support and information needs, The Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) has been created to be the focal point for the Armed Forces Community in Scotland for access to advice, information and support.  

ASAP can be accessed by calling our Helpline on 0845 231 0300.  

News

  1. 12 Nov 2014

    On Tuesday 11th November, The Armed Services Advice Project was subject to a Members' Debate in The Scottish Parliament.

    The work of the project attracted praise from across the Chamber, and excerpts can be read below, and full video can be watched below.

  2. 11 Nov 2014

    CAB service wins over £3.5m for Scotland’s Armed Services community

  3. 15 Jul 2014

    When Ashleigh Bird's work placement for her Stirling University Law degree fell through at the last minute, she couldn't have imagined that her misfortune would lead to such a fulfilling experience.

    The Community Action Team asked Ashleigh a few questions - read on to find out more about her experience at Stirling CAB, her research into the issues facing the armed services community, and the launch of her report on Armed Services Day...

Publications

  1. Period 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016
    Claire Williams

    Publication date: November 2016

    The report covers the work of the Armed Services Advice Project over the last project year, 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. We supported over 2400 clients with more than 11,500 new and repeat issues, achieving a client financial gain of over £1.5M. A survey of clients showed that 94% rated the service as very good or good, and 81% reported increased peace of mind as a result of using the service.

    The full report can be downloaded below. 

  2. Claire Williams

    Publication date: November 2015

    This report highlights the positive impact that the advice service is making on members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland while also identifying areas of difficulty, including income, employment and housing.

  3. Publication date: May 2015

    This short leaflet introduces the Armed Services Advice Project, provides information about who the service is for and what kinds of problems we can help with, and how to get in touch with us.

  4. Keith Dryburgh and Katey Tabner

    Publication date: November 2014

    The Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) was established in 2010 to be a focal point for the Armed Forces Community (AFC) in Scotland for access to advice, information and support, while working closely with key partner organisations to ensure that clients receive the most appropriate support.

    This report provides an update to the findings of the Civvy Street: The New Frontline report which was published in 2012. The report examined the advice needs of members of the Armed Forces Community, looking at whether and how they differed from those of the average citizens advice bureau client. The report found that while the advice needs of veterans did not differ considerably from those of the average client, it was the complexity and severity of these problems that marked them as different.

    Two years on, this report examines whether the recent trends in advice need, such as payday loans and food parcels, have affected veterans and whether their support needs have changed.

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