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Veterans Awards Scotland

Veterans Awards Scotland

Please join us in congratulating our two fantastically brilliant volunteers, Alan and Grace, on their silver and bronze awards. You deserve these awards and more for the commitment you show to the staff and members of LVC and the wider veterans’ community. BZ guys and a massive thank you to you both!!

First wives night

First wives night

LVC’s wives and female partners night was such a brilliant night. Who says the veterans have to have all the fun?! Thanks to all the ladies that came along. A massive thank you too to Icandi beauty who donated a gel nail polish to one lucky winner and to Nibble and Pickle for providing the amazing food at a discounted rate!

A great night out
Co-op Food Share Partnership

Co-op Food Share Partnership

We have recently started a new initiative where we have partnered up with the CO-OP in Newtongrange as their foodshare partner. This means they give us any perishable food that has a best before date of the previous day. This food is still fresh enough to eat and some of it, such as the fruit and vegetables, can last for several days and weeks after the best before date.
We never know what we are going to get, nor do we know how much of it we will get. However, we pick it up every day when the centre is open and you are welcome to come in to get some.
Just turn up and collect. First come first served. When it’s gone, it’s gone!

LVC Family Fun Day at the Kelpies

LVC Family Fun Day at the Kelpies

Finally our social inclusion monthly trips are back and we kicked things off with a trip to The Kelpies. The free event event was open to all veterans and their close family members. The sun was shining and it was ice creams all round whilst taking in the view.

Lord Provost’s Commission praises LVC

Lord Provost's Commission praises LVC

A high-powered commission on military veterans set up by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost has called for more centres like LVC.
The report – two years in the making – calls for “further development of drop-in centres based on the Lothians Veterans Centre model” as a priority.
CEO of Lothians Veterans Centre Ian Stewart said: “It is fantastic that the work of the centre has been recognised and validated by such an authoritative body as the Lord Provost’s Commission.
“We will do all we can to help make the recommendation a reality.”
City of Edinburgh Lord Provost Councillor Frank Ross set up the commission in April 2019 and its report has just been published. Its members included senior figures in the military world including the Garrison Commander, Edinburgh Castle, the Naval Regional Commander, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Air Officer Scotland and the Scottish Veterans Commissioner.
The Commission held a series of workshops to take evidence on a range of key themes including housing; education, training & employment; and health & wellbeing. Evidence providers were drawn from a range of statutory providers, military services and charitable bodies including Lothians Veterans Centre.
The commission agreed that its remit should be: “Dedicated to supporting fully Ex Forces personnel and their families in making smooth transitions back into the civilian workforce and civic life of the City of Edinburgh and contributing fully to a community that understands and values what they have done and what they have to offer.”
Among it’s conclusions was: “In general, there was a lack of clarity about the support services available and the lack of drop in facilities was identified.”
Under its priorities to improve services for veterans it advocated: “further development of drop-in centres based on the Lothians Veterans Centre model whereby users see themselves as adding value to services as well as being the beneficiaries.”
And under “Next Steps” it stated : “The key agencies agree that more effective co-ordination, possibly through a network of hubs, would help enormously.
“Better signposting and awareness raising around the plethora of support agencies that are in existence is identified as a key priority. A specific proposal was for a “Gateway to Services for Personnel” where the support community exists physically and there is a door on which to knock. “

Indoor Bouldering at Eden Rocks

Indoor Bouldering at Eden Rocks

Lothians Veterans Centre gave veterans and their children the opportunity to try out bouldering at Scotland’s biggest indoor wall at Eden Rock in Loanhead.
Bouldering is a form of free climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls without the use of ropes or harnesses. It is not high either, with climbs usually less than 6 meters (20 ft.) up.
This trip was funded by the Positive Pathways programme of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, so it was free to veterans and their families. Everyone had a great time!