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Branch 25th Anniversary -  March 2020

The City of Edinburgh Branch Royal Naval Association will celebrate its 25th Anniversary of reforming on Sunday 15th March 2020.  Plans for the celebrations to commemorate this event are still in their eary stages but the following is the currently planned programme (subject to change):


Saturday 14th March

PM  Host the Scottish Area AGM and 1st quartly Meeting (Venue to be confirmed)

PM  Social Event (Location and format of the event to be decided)


Sunday 15th March

AM   Service of celebration, Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh (TBC)

o/c    Tea at the SVR Whitefoord House (TBC)


The outline programme is subject to change until such time the chosen venues have confirmed their availability to host the event(s).   Watch this space... updates will be published on this news page when known.

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Branch Meetings - Change of  Venue

At the AGM in March, the members voted to move its meeting Venue to the RN & RM Club located at

1 Broughton Road, Edinburgh EH7 4EW.  The Branch will continue to meet on the 2nd Thursday of the Month at 1930.  The Branch will change venues from the 9th of May 2019.

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New Metal Royal Naval Association Beret Badges

The National Council has decided that from 1 January 2020 that the RNA will move to metal beret badges.  This allows easier transfer for those who are members of more than one association, and also aligns more closely with the Royal Navy.  We have been working with Forever Jack on adapting the design of the 10 Area badge and we have now taken delivery of our first 1,000.  The NC has decided that there will be a free issue to all Area and Branch Standard bearers and that SB should wear the metal badge from 1 January 2019.  Those Areas and branches with an appointed Deputy SB may also apply for a grat issue.  The remaining 700 or so badges will be available at the highly discounted rate of £2.00 plus postage.  Subsequent orders will be at the cost price plus postage of about £4.50.  Non standard bearer members may continue to wear the cloth badge until 1 Jan 2020, but then must move across.  Applications for the badges to Nigel Huxtable. Assistant General Secretary at RNA Headquarters.

email:nigel@royalnavalassoc.com

Tel : 023 9272 3747.

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Citizens Advice service for RN Veterans

Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice service dedicated to seafarers across the UK.

SAIL has been giving support to merchant seafarers and fishermen for 20 years. It has now expanded and can give free advice to anyone who has ever served in the Royal Navy. We can also help their partners, widows and widowers.

Of course, this includes CONA members.

Advice is given by phone, email or letter. All advice is free, fast and confidential.

SAIL can give advice on all of these and many more –

* Benefits

*  Pensions

*  Debts and money problems

*  Housing issues

*  Problems at work

*  Maritime charity grants

*  Consumer problems

*  Family-related issues

*  Immigration

SAIL has 6 advisers, all of whom are professional and fully trained.

SAIL is independent from the government, and from the Royal Navy.

How to get advice

You can contact a SAIL adviser in any of these ways -

•    Call 08457 413 318 or 020 3597 1580 between 10 and 4 on weekdays. You can request an immediate call back if the call is expensive for you. There’s an answer phone service at other times.

•    Email advice@sailine.org.uk

•    Use the contact page on the SAIL website www.sailine.org.uk/contact-us

There's more information on the SAIL website www.sailine.org.uk

Seafarers’ Advice & Information Line (SAIL) is the only Citizens Advice service dedicated to seafarers across the UK.


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Scottish Veterans Residences

The Scottish Veterans Residences, offers accommodation and support to ex-servicemen/women in need.  We are the oldest ex-service charity in Scotland and since our formation in 1910 we have supported over 60,000 veterans.  We have three sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee with single occupancy en-suite rooms/flats with a wide range of excellent communal facilities.  Whilst we are most likely to be of interest to those returning to Scotland we have supported former UK Armed Forces personnel from a wide range of nationalities.

As you are aware at the point that they leave the military, personnel face impending homeless and joblessness often many miles from their support networks and with little experience of how things operate in the civilian world.  We are able to provide an extensive array of support that can help with transition/resettlement into civilian life including:

     1.  Fully qualified  housing/support staff able to assist with income maximisation, applying for   

          benefits, registering for housing and a host of life skills including registering with

          GPs/Dentists, budgeting etc.

     2.  Integrated therapeutic counsellors to help those with mental health issues and access to   

          other organisations such as the Veterans Welfare Service, Combat Stress and Veterans 1st

          Point.

     3.  Integrated Employment Mentors with access to considerable funding for courses as well as 

          expert guidance on CV writing, training, volunteering and employment opportunities.   

     4.  Access to funding to help veterans using our support services to furnish their permanent 

          accommodation when they move on.

     5.  Relationships with several social housing providers who are keen to house veterans coming

          from our service.

Scottish Veterans Residences offers service personnel assistance to transition into civilian life and can provide a level of resettlement far in excess to that which most servicemen/women are entitled to at the end of their career.  We help veterans apply for permanent, affordable accommodation and make best use of the wide range of support available to veterans whilst waiting for housing to become available.

Our website is http://www.svronline.org/


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