Funding boost to help Falkirk’s armed forces veterans

The funding was announced in the Salvation Army's training centre
The funding was announced in the Salvation Army's training centre

Civilian ‘soldiers’ are helping retired armed forces heroes back into work thanks to a cash boost.

The Salvation Army’s New Future Employability and Training Centre in Falkirk has received £20,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to help ex military personnel back into work.

The money will also finance a support programme to provide veterans with help to pay their food and heating costs in an emergency.

The official launch of the project was hosted by Falkirk Salvation Army captains Peter and Suzanne Clark and welcomed David Cowan of Veterans Scotland.

Captain Clark said: “We already operate a support group for around ten veterans and thanks to this partnership hopefully we will be able to help even more.”

The centre, managed by Louise McKnight, opened in Maddiston in 2014, but moved to larger premises in the High Street in May to meet demand.

It has helped over 200 job seekers into work and provided those already in a job but looking to improve their career prospects with the chance to complete a variety of short training courses offering industry recognised qualifications.