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How we help

If you've served in the Armed Forces or are the dependant or spouse of someone who has served, our services are available to help you.

Through flagship schemes such as the Women’s Section Allowance and the President’s Award Scheme, we provide specially tailored welfare support to hundreds of men, women and children within the Armed Forces community who are in financial hardship or in need of extra support.

We first began our welfare support in 1921, following the devastating aftermath of the First World War - it was very much a case of women wanting to do their bit and to carry on and assist, with a particular accent on widows, families and children. 

Today, much of our focus is on financial welfare with allowances paid to help men and women who served or were married to a Serviceman or woman.  We also provide educational scholarships for the children of eligible beneficiaries.

For more information about our welfare schemes, please click on the links to the left.


Please note:  Those eligible for our support services can be summarised as people who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependants and carers. These groups of people fall into the following categories:

  • Beneficiaries
  • Dependants (which include children, spouses, partners and carers)

The office does not process any requests from applicants who live in Scotland permanently (not stationed). Please contact Poppy Scotland on 0131 557 2782 or visit their website www.poppyscotland.org.uk.

For a specific explanation on beneficiary definitions, please click the following document: Beneficiary Definition PDF (184 kb)