Gary Gray and Shiela Laramore are the Welfare team for The Officers Association Scotland.

The Charity exists to relieve distress among all those who have at any time held a Sovereign’s Commission with embodied service in HM Naval, Military, or Air Forces, and among their wives, widows, husbands, widowers, children and dependants.


COVID-19 Update

The Welfare Support Service will only undertake home visits in exceptional circumstances and are currently supporting clients remotely.  Referrals for the Welfare Support Service should be made via: or 0131 5501557.  For grant applications we recognise that caseworkers will face additional challenges when gathering information.  We will take this into consideration when making our decisions.  For now, we will postpone all annual grant reviews and continue with our quarterly payments.


We give whatever help we can to those in need. Sometimes that’s long term help and advice: employment, relocation, career transition or career consultancy. Sometimes it’s short term help, to get people past the inveitable bumps in the road of life. We can help you with financial assistance, mobility support, respite breaks and employability initiatives. Let us know in confidence what you need and we’ll always do our best to help. If you’re looking for employment help, we have a full employment service to assist you. If you’re looking for short term relief, fill out our request for assistance form and we’ll do everything we can to help.

We can help in many different ways, from assisting with short-term needs to helping with full-time employment.

By completing and submitting this form I agree to OA Scotland passing on my details to a local representative from SSAFA Forces Help. I understand that they will then arrange to call on me to gain a better understanding of my need in order that the required funding can be raised to assist me.

Veterans Gateway is a single point of contact for veterans seeking support.

Veterans Gateway put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.


Veterans Gateway make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad. Many of the Veterans Gateway team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces. They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.

Who is part of Veterans Gateway?

Veterans’ Gateway is made up of a consortium of organisations and Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, Combat Stress and Connect Assist.

Our connection with additional key referral organisations – both within and outside the Armed Forces sector – means we can get you to the right organisation who can help.

Funded by The Armed Forces Covenant, this is the first time a group of this kind has come together formally to deliver a service to help the Armed Forces community.

Find information and advice

You can use their Self Help service to find information yourself.

This includes advice from a range of organisations covering issues from employment, finances and housing, to independent living, mental well being, physical health, and families and communities.

Get in touch

You can speak to one of the Veterans Gateway team by phone or email.

They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to put you in touch with the help you need, or direct you to the information you are looking for.