Date lodged: 18 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) which third sector organisations are involved in prisons to specifically help armed forces veterans.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 August 2017
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:
There are a large number of third sector organisations involved in providing support to those in our care. Individuals who identify as armed forces veterans will have the same access to these support services as others in our care.
The main community based organisations that work in prisons to help armed forces veterans are the Royal British Legion, Poppy Scotland, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA), Combat Stress, Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA), Safeguarding Communities and Reducing Offending (SACRO) Veterans Mentors, Career Transition Partnership and Lifeworks.