Centre scores news exposure

The weekly bacon roll morning is every Friday at Lothians Veterans Centre, Dalkeith.
The weekly bacon roll morning is every Friday at Lothians Veterans Centre, Dalkeith.

Lothian Veterans Centre in Dalkeith recently received some much appreciated exposure when the charity appeared on Forces News.

The centre featured for the first time last month in a segment about the group’s monthly kick-about at Soccer City in Mayfield.

Lothians Veterans Centre's  monthly kick'a'boot at Saltire Soccer Centre?.

Lothians Veterans Centre's monthly kick'a'boot at Saltire Soccer Centre?.

Steven Williams, senior project manager at Lothian Veterans Centre, said: “It was fantastic exposure. It’s one thing developing a service for local veterans. But it’s another way of promoting what we do to everyone. It can only benefit this charity. It was hugely important.

“Our mission is to support ex- servicemen and their families. Not all of them have come for some service. Just a bacon roll, a chat or football.

“It’s a small team unfortunately. But we are just here for veterans and their families any needs big or small.

“We are getting more and more support from the current battalions in the local area. It’s getting busier. ”

In 2016 the Eskdaill Court centre helped 88 veterans. Last year it saw 253, averaging 17 new veterans a month.

Steven explained how the football session came about.

He said: “I started it last March. A 26-year-old ex-serviceman came through the door with his hands up and said ‘there is nothing wrong with me, I just want to play football’. He missed the old days of having a kick-about. So now we are doing the monthly football. It’s been an all round success.”

For more information about Lothian Veterans Centre, call 0131 654 2531 or email contact@lothiansveteranscentre.org.uk.