Cabinet Secretary opens Dumbarton Armed Forces veterans drop-in centre
The drop-in centre is located in formerly derelict premises which were reclaimed partly through funding from the Station Communities Regeneration Fund (SCRF), a scheme that funds small businesses and community enterprises to repurpose empty station buildings.
The £84,000 investment was jointly funded through the SCRF, a legacy from the previous First ScotRail franchise, and the Railway Heritage Trust.
The new centre will be fully staffed by a team of local volunteers who will work in partnership with Scotland’s veterans organisations to provide support and access to health, education, housing and transport services for current and former service personnel.
Local construction professionals were employed to renovate the centre from an unused waiting room. It now houses an information and advice point, social area and kitchen.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown, said: “It is a real privilege to be asked to officiate at the opening of the Dumbarton Armed Forces Veterans Association drop in centre.
“The activities of voluntary organisations such as Armed Forces Veterans Association are invaluable in ensuring that ex-service personnel can access the support and advice that they need from within their local communities.
“The presence of this Centre in such a key location, together with the efforts of those who work here, stands as a testament to the respect and regard that this community, and Scotland, has for our current and our former Armed Forces personnel.”
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Photo shows Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown with Paul Cross, chairman of the Dumbarton Armed Forces Veterans Association.