Renfrewshire Council

Soldiers

We need to work to keep our Soldiers Off The Street

I was honoured to take part in the annual Remembrance Service's last weekend for the first time in my official role as Provost, having attended for many years previously to pay my respects.

The Armed Forces deserve our utmost admiration for the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe and I was proud to see the extraordinary turnout at Paisley Cenotaph, as well as the many other hundreds of people who attended services all across Renfrewshire.

There was representation across all of the Armed Forces including the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, and it is great to see them in attendance and being given the recognition they deserve.

However, it is important to recognise there are some of our soldiers who face struggles when leaving the service and may end up sleeping rough and living on the street.

Around 10-12% of rough sleepers in the United Kingdom are veterans of the British Armed Forces and many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which can make daily life difficult to deal with.

Soldiers Off The Street are a wonderful charity who work hard to provide veterans with the support they need to get back on their feet.

Veterans are provided with fresh clothing, food, water and the offer of help in finding accommodation.

They re-house a number of veterans every week to ensure that the sacrifices they have made are not forgotten and they have the opportunity to live in conditions fitting of their standing.

They are a fantastic charity and they make a real difference to the lives of veterans who have fallen on hard times.

They are always on the lookout for volunteers so if you are able to help in any way, please get in contact with them.

For more information you can visit: www.sots-scotland.co.uk.

Lorraine.

Published 19 November 2017.