Are you currently serving in HM Forces or are you a veteran? If you, or a family member, has a disability (a mental health problem, a learning disability or a physical disability) we can help you to solve your housing problems.
An Introduction to our work
Military Matters (MM) is a specialist project within Housing Options Scotland focusing on housing issues affecting people serving in the military in Scotland, service personnel transitioning into civilian life and veterans. MM provides housing information, advice and support to family members too. Inclusion of veterans’ families and existing service personnel is a key part of our work.
In 2018 we are holding information and advice sessions at almost all the major military establishments in Scotland. Further information below.
We are also researching “housing pathways” – how people ended up living where they are now and what experiences they had getting there – for service leavers and veterans. Further information below.
MM has helped over 380 people in 5 years. Our team includes veterans and partners of veterans from the Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force. We have first-hand experience of living and working in the military environment.
Rear Admiral (Retd) Mike Gregory RN was Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland and is a supporter of the Military Matters project.
“The Military Matters project combines Housing Options Scotland’s expertise in providing targeted advice to find the right home in the right place with the desire to see the armed forces community overcome some of the disadvantages service life can bring. It is especially valuable to those facing the uncertainty of transition into civilian life and those with a disability whose housing needs may seem daunting or challenging. The Military Matters team are there to offer support every step of the way.”.
How can Military Matters help?
Individual Tailored Support and Advice
If you, or a member of your family, is disabled or suffers from a mental health condition and you are a serving member of the armed forces or a veteran, you can access our service.
Call our voicemail service on 0131 247 1400 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will get back to you to explain what happens next. We can provide a housing options report which will focus on your unique circumstances. This service is provided by core funding from the Scottish Government. We have helped many disabled veterans find the right home in the right place.
Information and Advice Sessions
Thanks to a grant from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the MM team will be visiting many military establishments in Scotland to provide information and advice sessions.
You can come to these sessions, bring your family too, we know that they are an important part of making decisions about your housing. At the end of each session we can offer you confidential advice, one to one. The information sessions cover:
- Social and Private Renting
- House purchase
- Incentives available to first time buyers
- Using the resources and discounts available, saving money
- Dealing with housing associations, local authorities and other stakeholders
- Moving on, where to turn for advice after leaving the armed forces
These sessions are free, no strings attached, no commercial organisations are involved. Visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information on these events including who from your local unit/base organisation to speak to.
Using feedback from these sessions we are developing a publication which will be available online and in hard copy for people leaving the armed forces in Scotland.
Working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and Joint Housing Advice Office (JSHAO)
If you are leaving the armed forces, the MM team work closely with colleagues in the CTP and JSHAO to ensure we attend transition events across Scotland. These are usually employment focused but we also work with our Army colleagues at 51 Brigade to deliver a bespoke Civilian Housing Brief on behalf of the JSHAO.
You can find dates and details regarding the CTP and JSHAO programmes via the following links;
Any CTP or JSHAO dates will be noted on our website or via our Facebook page
We are an information partner with the UK wide Veterans Gateway, a one-stop shop for advice on all aspects of life after the Armed Forces for veterans and their families.
A Vote of Thanks
We are grateful to these organisations for funding the project over the past 6 years and the expanded project work during 2018:
- Scottish Veterans Fund
- Armed Forces Covenant Fund
- ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
- Dougie Dalzell MC Trust
Contact the MM Team
Call our voicemail service on 0131 247 1400 or email us at: email@example.com.
Follow us on our Facebook page: HOS Facebook and Twitter @HousingOpsScot.