Armed Forces Support
The Rangers Charity Foundation has a long and proud tradition of working with services related charities and was a joint signatory, along with the Club, to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016.
We went on to become the first club and club charity in the UK to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence in 2019.
The Foundation has donated over £180,000 in cash to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date, as well as significant in-kind support. Donations have included over £57,000 to veterans’ charity Erskine and £40,000 to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, as well as donations ranging from £5,000 - £7,500 to many others such as Combat Stress, Poppyscotland, RNRMC, AA Veterans Support and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Our Armed Forces Fund selects services-related charities to work with each season and for season 2019/20 the Foundation chose to support SSAFA, Erskine, the Coming Home Centre in Govan and Bravehound, and extended that relationship for season 2020/21 owing to the upheaval of the covid-19 pandemic.
Bravehound provides companion and assistance dogs to veterans living with physical injuries and mental health conditions, including PTSD, anxiety and depression.
A Bravehound dog gives their owner 24 hour companionship and a reason to get up in the morning and go out, giving them structure to their day.
The charity provides veterinary care, training and support throughout each dog’s lifetime and also arranges social activities where isolated veterans can feel part of the community and be part of a team once again.
20 Bravehound dogs are already transforming veteran’s lives across Scotland, with another 10 Bravehound puppies currently in training.
Find out more about Bravehound here.
The Coming Home Centre
The Coming Home Centre’s mission is to serve those who have served, offering practical help and advice to veterans and a place to meet and enjoy peer support and camaraderie.
Set up in 2010 in the heart of Govan, close to Ibrox Stadium, the Coming Home Centre initially set out to assist those leaving the armed forces make the transition from military to civilian life. However, the charity has since grown to meet demand and cater for the needs of all veterans, regardless of when and where they served.
The Drop-in Centre, based at the Pearce Institute, provides a place for veterans to get together, enjoy lunch or a cup of tea, and talk with their peers. The Centre offers veterans access to a wide range of support and advice.
Find out more about the Coming Home Centre here.
Erskine is Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, offering unrivalled nursing, residential, respite and dementia care in four homes throughout Scotland. In addition to the Erskine homes, the charity also operates a Veterans Village, comprising of 44 cottages, an Activity Centre, five assisted living apartments and single living apartments.
Over the years the Foundation has supported many different projects for Erskine, including purchasing electric profiling beds for residents and a specially adapted mini-bus, refurbishing the Royal Scots Shop, buying equipment for the Activity Centre and contributing to the charity’s Centenary Garden project.
Find out more about Erskine here.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, provides lifelong support to serving personnel, veterans and their families. Last year, SSAFA caseworkers in Glasgow delivered personalised support to over 750 members of the Armed Forces community in need, providing practical, emotional and financial help through its network of volunteer caseworkers.
The £2,500 pledge from the Foundation will allow SSAFA Glasgow to continue to offer friendly guidance to veterans and their families including access to financial assistance, advice on personal affairs and special equipment for those with disabilities.
Find out more about SSAFA here.
Proud to Support The Armed Forces Covenant
The Rangers Charity Foundation was a joint signatory, along with the Club, to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2016. As well as significant donations to armed forces and veterans’ charities to date and in-kind support such as can collections and signed merchandise, the Club and Foundation also donate tickets for veterans via the Tickets For Good scheme and the Foundation’s Glasgow Veterans United programme with Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, which ensures that veterans have the assistance they need to settle back in to civilian life. Serving personnel are also able to buy tickets for home league fixtures at a reduced price (subject to availability).
The Club and Foundation organises an annual Armed Forces Day celebration in the presence of 48,000 supporters at Ibrox Stadium, and an annual event to mark Remembrance Day.
We also advocate for the Armed Forces Covenant with our corporate clients and business partners, operate positive policies in the workplace for veterans, reservists and their families and support various military sport initiatives.
This type of support for the services earned the Club and Foundation an Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme’s Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence in 2019, becoming the first club and club charity in the UK to win the award.