06 August 2021 (Edition - Issue 28)

Employment, Training & Transition Support

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language


You will have acquired a diverse and well-developed set of hard and soft skills from your service in the Armed Forces. From discipline and leadership to adaptability, excellent communication skills and the ability to get things done, you’ll possess many qualities that will be highly transferable to Civvy Street.

However, although you might have lots to offer, it can be difficult for employers to grasp the value of your military experiences and skills, and understand how they will apply to their business. So, it’s crucial that you take the time to ‘translate’ your skills, qualifications, military job titles and any military-specific terms into “civvy speak” so that employers can understand a bit more about you,what you have achieved and how you will add value. 


Funding & Financial Support

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations.  The application process for all grants is online here: If you have any queries, please contact

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Welcome to the Money Map

Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Map will help you find sources of online support to: 

  • Increase your income 
  • Reduce your bills 
  • Ease the costs of daily living


As part of an ongoing project, our volunteers at Housing Options Scotland are researching information about each of the different local authority areas in Scotland. This information is to support you as you move property, perhaps into a new area for the first time. Links to the different guides are found below and to the left. We hope they prove useful to you during your move.


An introduction to Homeless Housing Options with Pedro Cameron



“Homeless Housing Options” (HHO) is a brand-new programme that Housing Options Scotland is currently busy developing.  The project is led by Housing Options Scotland professionals Eve Young and Pedro Cameron who have been working tirelessly this summer to get HHO off the ground.

Pedro Cameron has been working with HOS for the past 5 years in a variety of different roles. This past month, he has taken on the challenging task of developing Homeless Housing Options full-time.

We chatted with Pedro about the new scheme:


Can you give me a quick rundown on what Homeless Housing Options is?
“Homeless Housing Options is a new project which provides advice, information and support to disabled people, older people and military veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, as well as enabling the voices of our clients who have lived experience of homelessness. We have been funded for two years by the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Homelessness Fund to run the project, and we’ll be running it into 2023.”


What are your aims with Homeless Housing Options?
“We want to change the perception of what homelessness is. Many people consider homelessness to mean rough sleeping – however you can be considered homeless under other conditions. For example, if you’ve been served a notice to quit by your landlord, or you are ‘sofa-surfing’.

We’re hoping that the project can convince people to seek help sooner. What we aim to do is offer people support at an earlier stage so that homelessness can be prevented. It’s also important that we make sure our clients’ lived experience influences our ways of working, and that we feedback those experiences to the homelessness sector.”


How will HHO’s services differ from the regular services that Housing Options delivers?
“Homeless Housing Options will follow the usual HOS model – however, when someone comes to us for help, we can offer emergency advice if they require it before they are allocated to one of our Housing Options Brokers.”

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

The Veterans Assist Scotland Website has a wide range of information and advice available including the details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.

Veterans Assist Scotland (

Veterans Assist Scotland - looks to signpost and connect the Veterans' Community including their families, with the organisations and services best placed to help with information, advice and support that they may need from across Scotland.



Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

The latest copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

RCET Young Carers

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust has supported growing numbers of children and young people from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland who are caring for either loved ones at home or members of their local community, through the charity’s Young Carers Fund. Having received funding from the Scottish Veterans Fund and Standard Life Aberdeen, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust has awarded a series of grant awards to young carers across Scotland from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Read more:

Venture Trust appoints inequalities and human rights leader - Alastair Pringle - as new CEO

Scottish charity Venture Trust has welcomed Alastair Pringle as its new CEO.

Alastair joins Venture Trust with over 30 years of experience in the public sector.
He arrives after most recently serving as Interim CEO at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - Britain’s Equality Regulator and a National Human Rights Institution.
Alastair joined the EHRC as Scotland’s National Director in 2012, before taking on UK wide role as Executive Director in 2016.
In recent years he had executive responsibility for EHCR major investigations including BBC on Equal Pay and Labour Party on Anti-Semitism as well as inquiries into Adult Deaths in Detention, Housing and Disability and Accessible Football Stadia.
Previously, he held senior leadership roles in the NHS in Scotland and the Scottish Government, leading on national programmes of work on patient information, patient experience and patient’s rights.
Venture Trust Board Chair, Susan Davies said:
“Venture Trust’s reputation and impact as the ‘go-to’ organisation that aims to end cycles of disadvantage and adversity for individuals, their families and communities has been growing in recent years.
“Alastair’s knowledge, experience and values are a perfect fit with those of Venture Trust. He is a thoughtful strategic leader and an experienced partnership collaborator who is motivated to help people end cycles of disadvantage and adversity for individuals, their families and communities.
“We are delighted Alastair is joining us at a time when we are entering a period that will see us develop and launch our next 5-year plan. It is a time when the services of Venture Trust are much needed in communities across Scotland.”
On joining the organisation Alastair Pringle said:
“I’ve had the fantastic opportunities in my career to date. These have allowed me to combine my drive to tackle inequality and discrimination, with work to promote human rights and to seek to remove the systemic barriers that can stop people from reaching their potential.”
Closer to his role as Venture Trust Chief Executive Officer, Alastair worked in residential childcare where he regularly took young people in his care on expeditions to bothies. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Health Forum in Scotland, which strongly advocated for the therapeutic wellbeing benefits of the outdoors for those with complex social needs.
“I am delighted to be joining the team at Venture Trust, which offers me the opportunity to bring together my deep held belief in the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors alongside the skills and experiences I have developed working for over 30 years in the public sector.”
When not at work (and when Covid guidelines allow) the keen outdoor enthusiast can be found running around the hills of Scotland.

The Women’s Returner Programme 21/22 is now open for applications

The Women Returner programme, aims to support women returners across Scotland who have had a career break of 6 months or more due to childcare, other care or health commitments or have multiple barriers to employment, e.g. women over 50 years of age, disabled women, lone parents, minority ethnic women, women affected by domestic abuse, women from rural or SIMD areas, female veterans/spouses of veterans and also focus on sectors where women are significantly underrepresented in the workforce and at senior levels.
The Programme will support activities that enable the participants to address the barriers that are preventing them from moving along the strategic skills pipeline and allow them to progress to the next stage e.g. employment, education, or training.
SDS are managing delivery of the programme on behalf of the Scottish Government.  To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit Public Contracts Scotland - Women Returners Notice.

Lloyd’s Military Network: Insight days

Every year, the LMN host a number of insight days aimed at helping serving/ex-military/reservists who are considering a career in insurance. The aim is to inform attendees of what insurance is, where some of the opportunities lie and explain the placement scheme. Speakers are a combination of veterans who have successfully transitioned into the industry, and senior individuals from across the market who support what we do.

The next Lloyd’s Military Insight Afternoon will take place on 30 September from 1330, followed by networking drinks.

The session will cover the following topics:

1. Overview of the LMN and the placement programme

2. Introduction to the following areas:

  • Broking
  • Underwriting
  • Project Management
  • IT and Cyber
  • Risk Management
  • Operations
  • Bid Management

3. Q&A Panel

We will also provide a tour of the Lloyd’s Building and after the session there will be the opportunity to have an informal chat with the speakers and other members of the network over a drink.

The event will be held at Lloyd’s of London, and full details will be emailed to you once you have registered.

If you are interested in attending, please register here.

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