15 December 2020

Richard Callander

As we approach the end of what has been an exceptional and unprecedented year, I want to take the opportunity to remind us all of our ethos which is based on community and of building a sense of purpose.  Our strapline message of Building Lives: Building Communities is core to what we strive to achieve. We have worked throughout this challenging year to further develop the model of ‘community within a community’ and to exploring ways of supporting and encouraging one another.

Our Cup of Kindness campaign launched during the early stages of lockdown was one example of the importance of being aware of other’s needs and for us all to show kindness where we can.

Our winter newsletter set out some of the key changes that took place during 2020.  It provides key guidelines and tips for winter maintenance and care of your home; details who to contact in an emergency and when the central office is closed over Christmas and New Year.  Crucially it also gives information on financial support for those facing financial challenge or difficulty at this time of year.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our staff for the ways in which they have adjusted to working since March and the changes they have embraced to ensure Veterans Housing Scotland has continued its support of existing and new tenants.

Finally, as we move towards a new year let us all join together - even if only at a distance for now - in words our VHS family have become familiar with over recent months: ‘ and here’s a hand my trusted friend….. we’ll share a cup of kindness yet….for Auld Lang Syne. 

I wish you all warmest wishes for Christmas and I look forward to sharing new opportunities with you in the New Year.
 
Richard Callander
Chairman – Veterans Housing Scotland

Kim Stokes

Veterans Housing Scotland found me the perfect place, not just for my disability but for my interests. I’m a nature lover and enjoy lots of wildlife at the nearby loch; this has improved my quality of life.

Kim Stokes – Veteran, Women's Royal Naval Service