Voice of families heard at conference

An Army conference in Scotland was the perfect opportunity for our Devolved Nations Manager, Emma Perrin, to raise awareness of AFF’s work supporting families north of the border.

The event, held in Edinburgh before Christmas, brought together civilian organisations and military personnel, in a forum which promoted discussion on military life in Scotland.

Emma said: “I was invited to give a presentation on AFF’s work over the last year – it is important we highlight the differences Army families may face when moving to or living in Scotland.”

The conference also allowed Emma to take specific case studies directly to the chain of command. Raising awareness of the issues that Army families face when based in the devolved nations is critical to AFF’s work. Emma said: “Meeting in person is always beneficial to moving things forward.”

At the forefront of the conference was Colonel Anthony Phillips, Deputy Commander 51st Infantry Brigade & HQ Scotland. He told AFF: “It was important that the voice of our families was heard at the conference. I was delighted that Emma was able to give a presentation because she provided data behind what is often anecdotal evidence. As a result we’re better placed to target resources appropriately.”

The opening address was given by Maj Gen Jon Swift, General Officer Commanding, Regional Command, with speakers including Lt Col Mark Arscott talking about the lived experience of serving personnel and Suzie Hamilton, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, who gave an overview of her work since being appointed into the role.

Those attending also heard about opportunities in further and higher education for veterans, serving personnel and families, and there was a presentation by Julie Cavanagh, from the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) which has developed a skills mapping tool.


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