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17 September 2021 (Edition - Issue 34)

CARNOUSTIE WAR MEMORIAL CROWNED BEST IN SCOTLAND

Carnoustie War Memorial has been crowned the best in Scotland at a prestigious event in Edinburgh.  The annual competition, organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland), returned for a 39th year in 2021 having been paused last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Memorials large and small were recognised at a ceremony held in Edinburgh City Chambers and hosted by Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Rt Hon Frank Ross, on Friday 10th September. The Carnoustie memorial was chosen as the Champion of Champions, with other category winners including the War Memorials in Greystone Carmyllie (Angus) and Kirriemuir.

 Legion Scotland’s Best Kept War Memorial competition was established in 1982 thanks to the vision of Bill Tait, a horticulturalist who was working with Edinburgh’s Botanic Gardens at the time. Observing that many local War Memorials were in a poor state, Bill initiated the competition to improve their condition and appearance. Many memorials that were in the poorest condition at the start of the competition are now regular winners, a testament to the persistence, hard work and passion of the Legion Scotland members and other local volunteers involved.

 Bill Tait said: “Our warmest congratulations go to all of this year’s winners. War memorials are such an important part of the fabric of communities across Scotland. Nearly every city, town and village has a memorial and it remains a vital and highly visible means of remembering the sacrifices made by so many in defence of our country, from the First World War to more recent conflicts. Recognising the huge efforts to maintain these sacred sites through the Legion Scotland Best Kept War Memorial competition is so important and it is a great honour to be Chair of the judging panel.”

He continued: “The judges are looking for War Memorials to be in prime condition; clean, the masonry must be well maintained, lettering to be clear and legible and any metalwork to be well preserved. Access paths and seating are also important factors. On the horticultural side, the flora displays are scrutinised for their condition and should be weed free. Lawns and hedges should also be in pristine condition. Use of the Legion’s colours of blue and gold gain extra points.”

 Speaking at Friday’s award ceremony, Lord Provost Frank Ross said: “War memorials provide an important place for reflection and the continued interest in Legion Scotland’s Best Kept War Memorial competition underlines the importance of remembering our fellow citizens, alongside those from elsewhere, who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country.

“As the Capital’s Veteran Champion and on behalf of the citizens of Edinburgh I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter during these difficult times and to those who have organised the competition. It is truly impressive to hear that the competition this year was as fierce as always and the high standards attained. My sincere congratulations to the winners and thank you for your hard work and dedication.”

The 2021 winners are:

 

Category Winner
Champion of Champions Carnoustie
Large Community with Gardens Forres
Small Community with Gardens Golspie
Memorial without Gardens Dingwall
Satellite Memorial with Gardens Greystone Carmyllie
Satellite Memorial without Gardens Dallas
New Entry Kirriemuir

 

 

Employment, Training & Transition Support

Trustees for the Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans' Foundation was formed in mid-2016 and has awarded £7.1M in grants to over 260 charities and charitable organisations that are helping people in need from the armed forces' and operational qualified seafarers’ communities.  Such is its growth that the Veterans’ Foundation expects to be able to award a further £4.5M in grants in the coming year and more in future years.

We wish to recruit two additional Trustees who will share our passion and commitment to provide grants to help members of the armed forces who are in need.  Successful applicants will provide appropriate oversight of the governance of the Veterans’ Foundation, and, in addition to the general requirements of the role, the successful candidate will most likely be an experienced charity lawyer, or have experience of fundraising, or be experienced and successful in business.  Applicants may wish to be part of the Grants or Finance Sub-committees too.

The Veterans’ Foundation recognises the importance of board diversity and inclusivity and, in seeking to attract the best talent and expertise, continues to achieve diverse membership of its Board.  We encourage applications from people from all relevant backgrounds. 

The Board meets on a quarterly basis virtually or in Edinburgh and the time commitment is likely to average 1-2 days a month.

The position is voluntary but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. 
Further details can be found on the Veterans’ Foundation’s website and specifically here:  
https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/media/grbjbfk3/20210823-vf-s-generic-trustees-job-description-f.pdf

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter to secretary@veteransfoundation.org.uk .
The closing date for applications is 18 Sep 21."
 


Temporary Finance Manager - Job Specification

 
Fixed Term Post – 12 months (wef October, 2021)
Contract – Part -time (2.5 to 3 days per week)
Location – Edinburgh office but largely remote working
Salary £24,000 - £27,000 (pro rata) depending on skills and experience
Deadline – 30th September, 2021

 
This role will provide temporary professional accountancy cover for a fixed term of 12 months within the Veterans’ Foundation (VF) which, mainly supports veterans of UK armed forces and their dependants in need through its grants’ programme. Even though our Executive Team is small, the VF has achieved significant growth over the last five years largely due to the success of the Veterans’ Lottery. As a result, this has enabled the VF to award grants of over £7.1 million since we started in 2016.
 
The main responsibility of the Temporary Finance Manager (TFM) will be, mainly, to support the CFO in managing the finances of the VF. Currently, the VF has a team of four; therefore, it is important that you are comfortable working in such an environment. You must be a self-starter, with lots of initiative, energy and enthusiasm, willing to take on a wide range of tasks, but thoroughly reliable and consistent. The FM will be expected to liaise closely with our partners, including our accountants and our bankers. Our office is in Edinburgh and, therefore, it’s important that  you should be within easy access of Edinburgh, even though a large amount of work can be done remotely.
 
For more details about us, please refer to  https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk
 
Tasks for the FM will include:-
  • Providing relevant details to accountants ahead of monthly management accounts.
  • Reviewing management accounts, with short reports ahead of Trustees meetings.
  • Liaising with accountants to ensure the annual audit process is managed effectively
  • Preparing and monitoring of the annual budget and updating this, when necessary
  • Preparing and administering regulatory returns.
  • Monitoring funds available for grants and outlining future grant instalments.
  • Reviewing the financial performance of the lottery and other fundraising activities.
  • Organizing invoice payments and administering bank accounts
  • Administering Gift Aid Claims and their submission to HMRC
  • As appropriate, to carry out other tasks, within competence and capacity, as determined by CEO and CFO, to spread workload.
 
Application instructions:
Please send your CV together with a covering letter outlining clearly why you are suited to carrying out this job and what skills, knowledge and experience you can bring to the VF.

These should be emailed to Paul Heward by no later than 30 September at this address:-
Paul.heward@veteransfoundation.org.uk



Do you have what it takes to be part of the Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) team? We have an opportunity for a detail focused and enthusiastic individual to enhance and expand our small but dedicated team into Scotland.

Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) supports disadvantaged veterans who have served in the Armed Forces and their families. OP-REGEN is WWTW’s volunteering programme that offers a platform for ex-military personnel to recognise their inherent skills and empowers them to demonstrate these skills to the wider community.  

The project aims to support individuals and their families who have landed on hard times to reintegrate back into society through the provision of a meaningful and positive impact on the environment in which they reside; additionally, for those not in employment the programme aims to assist in their journey back into the workplace; empowering ex-service personnel to regain their independence, thrive and contribute to our communities.

Although focused on ex-military, more generally the programme is supported by volunteers from all backgrounds including Corporate UK and encourages these individuals to work together, leading to a greater increase in community cohesion and safer neighbourhoods. 

OP-REGEN embodies the ambitions of WWTW; to support ex-military seeking support and to find those that require support but are not seeking it.

As Project Officer your primary focus will be to assist the Project Manager in the planning, promotion, co-ordination, and delivery of OP-REGEN and will be integral to the development and success of OP-REGEN in Scotland; maintaining our database of volunteer information and skills will be paramount to the success of the project, matching volunteers to opportunities to suit their skills, keeping them informed and conveying WWTW’s purpose to the public.

Find out more about this opertunity here

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language

 

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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. 

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Funding & Financial Support

Latest news

 
New funding to support community-led local development in rural communities
Community groups in rural areas can now apply for funding of up to £50,000, to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities. The Rural Communities “Ideas into Action” Fund is supported by £1.5 million of Scottish Government funding and is delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland. Projects funded will contribute …Continue reading“New funding to support community-led local development in rural communities”
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CalMac Community Fund: upcoming deadline
The CalMac Community Fund, managed by Foundation Scotland, was created to make a difference to the communities in which CalMac operates, by supporting local groups to tackle local needs. The fund operates across the following six areas: Lewis, Harris and Ullapool Uist and Barra Skye, Raasay, the Small Isles and Mallaig Oban and the Inner Hebrides …Continue reading“CalMac Community Fund: upcoming deadline”
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GVC Fund: upcoming deadline
The GVC Fund, managed by Foundation Scotland, supports groups and projects delivering sport, healthy activity projects, and projects supporting men’s physical and mental health. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for a range of activities supporting adults (over 18s) including: Men’s health projects Community sport activities Men’s sheds Mentoring projects Social inclusion work Priority …Continue reading“GVC Fund: upcoming deadline”
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Sustrans Love Your Network Grant now open
Reopened this month, community groups can apply for equipment and training to engage with spaces along the National Cycle Network and learn how to support its wildlife. Groups can access: Litter-picking equipment to transform the safety and attractiveness of your local path Training with a wildlife expert to learn how to record the birds, bees …Continue reading“Sustrans Love Your Network Grant now open”
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New and recently opened funds

 
Inspiring Scotland - Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund
Organisation: Inspiring Scotland
Status: Open
Summary: The Rural Communities “Ideas into Action” Fund is supported by £1.5 million of Scottish Government funding and will be delivered in partnership with Inspiring Scotland. It will allow applicants to take forward ideas that will test change while linking community action with addressing local issues. There are two strands of funding available:- - Small Grants for grassroots rural groups or organisations to support community projects that fit with local needs and are locally led. The process for applying for this funding has been simplified to make it easy for unincorporated groups to apply and both capital and expenditure costs are eligible. - Large Grants for not for profit organisations to invest in community led initiatives that respond to local need. Again, capital and revenue costs are eligible and these can be delivered in partnership with other local organisations.
Date re-opened: 13th September 2021
Next deadline: 8th October 2021
Find out more >
 
 
The Triangle Trust 1949 Trust - Young Offender Grants
Organisation: The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund
Status: Open
Summary: Funds projects that will help young offenders (up to the age of 25) find meaningful and secure employment. Funding can only be used to work with young offenders even if your organisation works with vulnerable young people more broadly. They will prioritise proposals that exclusively target: - Young offenders from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, - Young women, and - Young offenders who have been looked after
Date re-opened: 13th September 2021
Next deadline: 26th October 2021
Find out more >
 
 
Bank of Scotland Foundation - Change
Organisation: Bank of Scotland Foundation
Status: Open
News: The deadline has been extended to 12 noon on 16 September 2021.
Summary: The aim of Change is to promote positive change across Scotland, and the focus is on the impact on charities that address disadvantage or social exclusion. Your funding request should focus on large scale projects or capital costs and ensure continued and reliable support for people across Scotland. It will have a large-scale, longterm, positive impact on charities and communities to help ensure they can provide continued, reliable support for people across Scotland.
Next deadline: 16th September 2021
Find out more >
 
 
The Road Safety Trust Grants
Organisation: The Road Safety Trust
Status: Open
Summary: The Road Safety Trust is an independent grant-giving trust which supports projects and research that make UK roads safer for all road users - pedestrians, cyclists, mobility scooter users, car drivers, lorry and van drivers, and motorcyclists. The main aim of the Small Grants Programme is to improve road safety at a local level. This grants programme supports their strategic priority - Pilots that test. Eligible projects include pilots/trials, an expansion of successful trials across a new area, and/or the evaluation of existing interventions.
Date re-opened: 9th September 2021
Next deadline: 18th October 2021
Find out more >
 
 
Tech Trust - Meet and Code Grants
Organisation: Tech Trust
Status: Open
News: The deadline has been extended to 15 September 2021.
Summary: The Meet and Code initiative is to encourage young people to engage in a new skill. It was launched in the UK with Tech Trust as its local partner. Organisations with beneficiaries between the age 8-24 or those looking to partner with youth-based charities are invited to support a number of events that inspire and encourage young people to learn more about digital and coding, in whatever form charities choose. All submitted digital and coding event ideas should be planned within the timeframe of September 1st till October 31st, 2021, and aligned with the EU Code Week.
Next deadline: 15th September 2021
Find out more >
 
 

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: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk.

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 12 November

Health

Support for veterans

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected.

Image of servicemen helping Afghans onto a plane. Text reads: Support for veterans.
 

This nation is justifiably proud of its Armed Forces, and the brave men and women who step up to serve their nation, often at great personal sacrifice. All those who served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years should be proud of their professionalism and what they helped achieve.

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected by the latest news.

Immediate support

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org
 

Veterans in Scotland can access veteran-led mental health and welfare support through Veterans First Point, part of NHS Scotland.UK-wide

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Check in on each other and if you or someone you know is struggling, get in touch with the services available now.
 

Veterans can also access general services through the NHS24 Mental Health Hub ☎️111 and the Breathing Space ☎️0800 83 85 87.

Housing


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.

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.org)

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.



 

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


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

News and Other Updates

Cumbrian Challenge 2021



They came, they saw, they conquered the peaks and themselves for Walking With The Wounded.


Ex-military beneficiaries from Walking With The Wounded's programmes across the United Kingdom took part shoulder to shoulder with 600+ fundraisers at our eighth Cumbrian Challenge. 

Each team is challenged to fundraise £2k to support a veteran back into society and this year’s event has raised more than £200,000 for the charity and we’ve now seen over 1,000 teams take part during the history of the event. This year participants took part in one of three routes alongside teams of our beneficiaries - the Peak (10km), the Tough (22km) or the Tougher (32km) - with the latter featuring nine summits before the finish.

Rhodar Rovers stormed home in first place on the Peak Route, in a time of 03:38:29, a good 3 minutes clear of 2nd place. Over on the Tough Route, the Army Physios brought home first place on 6:28:14, run very close by our Tougher winners – FDM – Manic Feet Creatures who romped home in 6:31:12, defending their 2019 crown. Most significantly, Yodel won the highest fundraising team award, with Simon Hume from Yodel leading by example with the highest Individual total.

There were multiple teams from our event sponsors FDM, BAE All Together Cumbria, Amazon, Aegis, Gasway, Sunbelt & Morson who were showing their support in the best way possible by putting their feet forward on the peaks. We also had significant numbers once more from long-standing supporters such as Birketts, Shard Capital, Yodel, DXC & Trility. We were also honoured to be joined by 9 military teams, including teams from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Army Physios and RAF Honington. We were also joined by 3 police teams and many, many others - who are all featured on our event fundraising leaderboard

On Friday night, safety briefings teams heard from our Chief Executive Fergus Williams, who talked about the work of Walking With The Wounded and the impact the fundraising from the event would have. Fergus also introduced our Walk of Oman team, who have seen their challenge reimagined for the UK this year and will be conquering their event from October 10th – October 21st  www.walkofoman.co.uk And the beneficiary teams taking part wore blue t-shirts to mark them out for conversation with fundraisers. Our Volunteer teams also came from far and wide to help make the event a success and we could not run the challenge without them.  

Our teams braved some pretty shocking weather, with visibility on the peaks down to 30 feet, wind speeds of up to 30mph and temperatures down to 5 degrees Celsius. Despite this, our teams enjoyed the event and there were some great stories from the day including a day from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment who truly embraced the spirit of the Cumbrian Challenge, adopting a walker who became separated from their team.

If you’re inspired to take part, or walked the event and want to come back for more, or looking for a way for your company to showcase its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, then, please register your interest here and we'll be in touch when entries open.
Many thanks to everyone who took part, everyone who donated to them and the volunteers who gave up their weekends to make it happen. 

Photos and film to follow next week. 

 
 
 
Why Attend The Armed Forces & Veterans Resettlement Expo In Bristol?
 
With the fifth Armed Forces & Veterans Resettlement Expo in association with Get Claims Advice taking place in Bristol on October 28, Pathfinder editor, Mal Robinson highlights why anyone with a military connection should attend for free.
“I had the pleasure of meeting serving personnel and veterans at the recent Welsh Veterans Awards in Cardiff. After that, I was involved in the promotion of the forthcoming expo in Bristol, which involved canvassing interest around the South West including my old stomping ground of Lyneham and Wootton Bassett, or Royal Wootton Bassett as it is now known.
It was here, when chatting to a serving airman and the fact that I pointed out that even though he was looking to leave the forces in two or three year’s time, that perhaps this event would be a good barometer to see what was out there in the civilian world so to speak, did I feel compelled to highlight a few things about the expo.
It then dawned on me there may be others in a similar situation, perhaps the title with “resettlement” included can be misleading at times, but then as a magazine, we do tend to aim the majority of our attention to this period for military service leavers.
So, the expo may have resettlement within the title, but anyone thinking about leaving the military, who may not have served notice on JPA, can still attend! As can spouses of military personnel (serving and veterans) – there will be exhibitors present with opportunities for them – as can veterans, who are labelled “veterans” but are not fully resettled and looking for something else career wise since leaving the forces.
 
Read more here...
 
  
Welsh Veterans Awards 2020/21 Takes Place In Cardiff
 
The Welsh Veterans Awards 2020 /2021 Sponsored by Sinclair Audi – Bridgend Audi and in Support of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity recently took place on Thursday September 9 in Cardiff.
The evening proved to be a huge success.
In Wales, there are tens of thousands of former military personnel, who upon transition from the armed forces have gone on to contribute immensely to their local community. The Veterans Awards looks to celebrate these true hero’s along with the companies that support us.
 
Read more here...
 
  
£400m Investment For The Royal Air Force
 
The UK’s Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade.
The RAF will be boosted by an investment of almost £400 million to enhance the capabilities of two of its vital assets – the C-17 Globemaster aircraft and the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.
 
Read more here...
 
  
Military Muscle Magazine Teams Up With Combat Fuel To Deliver A Powerful Combination For The Forces Community
 
The UK’s number one military-safe supplement company has joined forces with Military Muscle magazine (part of leading military community publication Pathfinder International) to become official nutritional partner.
The working partnership will see Combat Fuel offer advice and add to the building content within Military Muscle magazine, aimed at staying on top of your game, all of the time.
 
Read more here...
 
   

Opportunity of the week: Greggs PLC have teamed up with Pathfinder to showcase a number of job opportunties

 
Greggs PLC have a range of opportunities for service leavers and veterans across the country including Leeds, Enfield, Amesbury, Penrith and Newcastle, offering a range of roles from driving through to Shop Maintenance Engineers to Production and Warehouse Operatives.
Check out all of the roles available via Pathfinder at our Jobs section by visiting the link here - https://pathfinderinternational.co.uk/jobs/
 
See the full list of jobs here...
 
  
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venture trust 

Taking referrals for:
 
Criminal justice, young people and veterans
 

We are seeking appropriate clients that fit the criteria below in your Local Authority Area:
 
To our valued referral partners, 

We hope you and your team are well,
 
Venture Trust's unique three-phase personal development programmes that include one-to-one and group support, outdoor learning experience, and ongoing skills development and community-based support are open for referrals.

If you, your team or organisation work with young people, adults and/or veterans struggling with issues such as:
  • involvement with the criminal justice system
  • long term unemployment
  • addiction
  • a history of trauma/harm
  • isolation
  • homelessness
Then we are looking to work with you in improving lives and creating safer communities in Scotland.
 
Where? We take referrals and work in your local authority area.
 
What? Our programmes are free, and are tailored to individuals with a specific range of issues. We are seeking appropriate clients that fit the criteria below in your Local Authority Area:
 
 
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If you want to know more about how we can work with you and your organisation please get in touch. 

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Telephone: 0131 228 7700

Our Venture Trust Outreach Team will be happy to speak with you directly and provide further information.

You will find more details of our programmes, eligibility, and content, by going direct to our website.
 
Please circulate to your teams and partners.

Kind regards, 

 
 
 

Take part in the world’s largest Trafalgar Night dinner and make a real difference to sailors and marines all over the UK. 

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is excited to launch its inaugural Trafalgar Night at Home event to help raise funds for sailors, marines, and the wider naval community.

Taking place between October 21 – October 31, the event invites supporters to bring one of the Royal Navy’s oldest and most prestigious traditions to their dining room. Commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson’s famous victory and pay tribute to the events that took place more than 200 years ago.

Trafalgar Night at Home is a chance to get together with friends and family for an evening to remember whilst making a real difference to sailors and marines all over the UK.

Participants who register for the event will receive an exclusive Trafalgar Night at Home pack which contains everything needed to host the event. The pack includes ‘England Expects’ bunting, a History of Trafalgar brochure, miniature gin, as well as a first look at Trafalgar Night recipe cards which will feature in the upcoming RNRMC cookbook.

In return for hosting a Trafalgar Night, participants are encouraged to ask guests to generously donate to the RNRMC. This funding will help tackle a wide range of issues that those who are serving or have served experience throughout their lives; from supporting those with financial and relationship difficulties to those affected by bereavement, injury or disability.

Bob Field, Fundraising and Merchandise Manager at RNRMC, said:

“The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is thrilled to present such an exciting event for the first time. I would like to encourage you to take part and have fun whilst helping us raise vital funds to support sailors, marines, and their families for life. 

“Your generosity means we can continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those who serve or have served in the Royal Navy. With mental health issues, unemployment and feelings of isolation and loneliness soaring due to the pandemic, your support is needed now more than ever.” 

The event is kindly sponsored by Pusser’s Rum.

To register for the event, visit www.rnrmc.org.uk/trafalgar-night-home 

For more information on the RNRMC visit,  www.rnrmc.org.uk 

Invictus Games Foundation ‘Conversation’ – ‘Employment and Employability: The Invictus Community’

The Invictus Games Foundation (IGF) is pleased to announce the next iteration of its ‘Conversation’ series as a webinar on Wednesday 3 November 2021. The primary panel discussions will occur between 1400-1530 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The overall event will run between 1330- 1600 to provide opportunities for attendees to meet the speakers, their companies and like-minded organisations and associated veterans in the exhibition area  of the webinar platform both before and after these primary panel discussions.

The IGF is very grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for enabling this webinar and to the continuing support of Ascot Rehabthe Fisher House Foundation and ISPS Handa.

Register your attendance here: https://bit.ly/3keLp4h

Aim

The aim will be to explore the international employment environment and options for the employability of the Invictus community including Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) individuals, veterans and family and friends. It will address both the opportunities and challenges, while seeking overall to provide some useful insights, potential contacts and practical advice.

RBL research reveals urgent support required for struggling carers in the Armed Forces Community

  • New study shows 70% of carers in the Armed Forces community say caring has negatively affected their mental health, with 50% saying it has affected their physical health
  • Carers in Armed Forces community receive half as much support as those in the wider population, with 40% getting no help at all over the last two years
  • The RBL is calling on the Government and the NHS to urgently provide more support to carers in the Armed Forces community

The Royal British Legion is today urging the Government and the NHS to improve support for carers in the Armed Forces community. It comes as new research from the RBL reveals that 70% of unpaid carers in the Armed Forces community are experiencing a negative impact on their mental health, and over 50% say their physical health is suffering due to the strain of their caring responsibilities.

For unpaid carers who have a family member currently serving in the Armed Forces, nearly 90% say their own mental health has been negatively affected. While the RBL has welfare services available to carers in the Armed Forces community, these alone are not enough.

The research identified that unpaid carers within the Armed Forces community are receiving half as much support as carers in the civilian population. Despite carers in the Armed Forces community being at high-risk of loneliness and isolation, 40% of unpaid carers admitted they had received no support at all over the last two years. Over the course of the pandemic, half of carers have seen a reduction in the availablity of support and services that they and the person they care for need.

With nearly half of respondents juggling caring responsibilities and employment, the RBL’s study found unpaid carers are facing long periods without a proper break. Taking a break is essential to stop carers becoming exhausted and run down, however fewer than 10% of respondents took a break in the last year. This was even lower among those caring for a veteran. Those who care for a veteran who has complex mental health conditions such as PTSD require specialist support to provide effective care for a loved one.

The study also found serving carers face unique issues and barriers not always recognised by the Ministry of Defence. Only 11% of carers currently enlisted in the military feel they can balance their caring responsibilities with their military careers all the time. As a result, the RBL is calling on the government to improve access to free respite care and create a specific carers policy to recognise the needs of unpaid carers in the serving military community. This would also help improve awareness of carers in the Armed Forces community amongst professionals and statutory bodies who support them during military and post-service life

For one hundred years, the charity has stood with the Armed Forces community to challenge injustices so those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf get the fair treatment and recognition they deserve and continues to do so today. The Royal British Legion’s support for carers includes a partnership with Dementia UK to provide Admiral Nurses – a specialist service helping the Armed Forces community and their families living with dementia. In addition, the RBL’s Network for Carers tackles loneliness by connecting carers in the military community, facilitating friendships, organising group activities and providing one-to-one support to those who need it.

Charles Byrne, the Royal British Legion’s Director General, says:

“The RBL’s research has revealed a troubling situation for many carers in the Armed Forces community. The strain of caring has damaged their mental and physical health and very few are able to take a break. While the RBL provides welfare services including Admiral Nurses and the new Network for Carers, the government needs to put unpaid carers in the Armed Forces community at the heart of its social care reforms to ensure our community feels supported.”

Dorothy Weir, 75, has been the full-time carer for her 76-year-old husband Angus for six years and is supported by the RBL’s Admiral Nurses service. Angus served in the Army for 10 years and now has a complex mixture of physical and mental health issues including bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s and PTSD, some of which his family believe stems from his time in service. Admiral Nurses provide support to Dorothy, giving her information about how dementia affects Angus as well as helping to keep her spirits up when she is tired or lonely.

Dorothy Weir, a service user of the RBL’s Admiral Nurses says:

“Caring for Angus impacts my life in every way. His long-term memory is brilliant – he can talk about his time in the Army until the cows come home – but he can’t tell me what happened yesterday. When you’re on your own caring for somebody like that, you become quite isolated. I’m now at a point where I dare not go out for more than an hour.  You get up in the morning and don’t know what the day is going to bring. It’s relentless. The RBL’s Admiral Nurses service has been a real support, it’s the one thing in my life which is absolutely fantastic.”

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