Sad day as veterans charity sever ties with Ayrshire with Edinburgh and Glasgow moves

A veterans’ mental health charity is severing ties with Ayrshire – after an association that dates back 35 years.

Combat Stress announced today that it will be leaving its treatment center at Hollybush House, Ayr.

The organization claimed the facility was “no longer suitable” to provide modern services.

And in a telling admission, ‘limited access to public transport’ at Hollybush House and ‘major repairs’ to the building are also believed to be factors in the decision.

The charity provides specialist treatment and support to veterans of all services and conflicts, focusing on those with complex mental health issues.

It is now moving to new premises in Edinburgh to allow them to continue to care for as many veterans as possible.



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Combat Stress will also open a smaller base in Glasgow and operate over 20 community clinics across Scotland.

Jeff Harrison, Acting Managing Director of Combat Stress, said today: “We will be very sad to leave Hollybush House after 35 years.

“We have always had incredible support from the people of Ayr, as evidenced by the huge turnouts every year at our annual party.

“Combat Stress’s aim is to help as many veterans with military trauma as possible and we can best achieve this by moving to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“Not only will it be easier for veterans to access our services with better transport links, but by modernizing our services, veterans will benefit from our specialized and cutting-edge support. »

The exact new location will be announced once negotiations are complete, with the move taking place in the coming months.

The charity says the Edinburgh site will provide veterans with a more accessible location thanks to its proximity to city center public transport, as well as a modern, suitable place for the charity to dispense his treatment.

Services will include outpatient and residential treatment, art therapy, occupational therapy and peer support.

An insider said: “While Hollybush House has served the charity well for over 30 years, the building is no longer suitable for Combat Stress to provide its modern services.

“Limited access to public transport means the location is not easily accessible for some veterans and has affected their ability to recruit enough specialist staff needed to provide clinical treatment.

“In addition, major repairs must be undertaken, which require large and continuous financial outlays.”

It is understood that veterans currently being cared for by Combat Stress will not have their treatment affected by the move from Hollybush House.

Mr Harrison added: “We are talking to our staff in Scotland about how this move will affect them and we will do everything we can to support them ahead of the move.”

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