Martin Whitfield MSP has thanked Armed Services charity SSAFA Scotland for the important work it undertakes for veterans across Scotland, following a reception for the charity at the Scottish Parliament.

The reception focused on Glasgow’s Helping Heroes (GHH), a SSAFA service run in partnership with Glasgow City Council, providing emotional, practical, and financial support to service personnel, veterans, and their families throughout the city.

However, the reception, which was hosted by Paul Sweeney MSP also provided an opportunity for MSPs to hear more about SSAFA Scotland’s wider work in communities across the country, including the South Scotland region.

The charity has local branches operating in Edinburgh & Lothians, Scottish Borders, Dumfriesshire & Stewartry, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“I’m grateful to Paul for hosting tonight’s SSAFA reception at Holyrood. It was great to hear first-hand about the important work the charity does on a daily basis for veterans across Scotland.

“It is vitally important that veterans and their families have the support and assistance they need and SSAFA Scotland is an essential part of the network of help available to them.

“I would urge any veterans in South Scotland who are in need of support or advice to contact SSAFA Scotland on 0800 260 6767 or via its website.”

Further information about SSAFA Scotland and the support it offers can be found at