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12 February 2021 (Edition - Issue 6)

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


Having been made aware of several updates and changes, an updated copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:
Covid Support Advice 

Advice from Scottish Government on Support Groups

Support groups and one-to-one support should be delivered remotely where possible, but support may be delivered in-person if remote delivery is not possible and they are essential for people’s wellbeing. Examples of support services include peer support groups, vulnerable persons’ or families’ support groups, talking therapy groups, day centres, respite care, one to one talking therapy and counselling. Support services do not include close contact retail services, such as massage, which are covered by separate guidance on this page.

An essential support service is one where the participant’s health (including their mental health) and wellbeing would be significantly impacted by non-attendance. If services must take place in-person, relevant guidance must be followed.

Funding & Financial Support

Social Security Scotland




Looking for information on our benefits that you can share with your clients? Visit http://socialsecurity.gov.scot to get resources like factsheets and social media posts. Clients can also be signposted to http://mygov.scot/benefits

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: 
  • 26 February

  • 21 May

  • 27 August

  • 12 November


 
Housing

A Scottish Housing Guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & Ex-service personnel


An updated copy of the Scottish Governments "A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel" has now been published.  
 

Helping disabled people, older people and members of the armed forces community to find the right home in the right place

FIND OUT MORE

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or still serving, finding a suitable home on civvy street can be one of the hardest things you will do, especially if you are an older person or have a disability.
                                      

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.

A link to the current Guides is available HERE
 

News and Other Updates



On Course Foundation continues to support the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans through confidence building golf events and opportunities for employment in the golf industry.
 
As part of a three year expansion we are planning to significantly increase our programme throughout Scotland. As well as our current events in West Lothian, we are looking to deliver our programme to veterans in Ayrshire, the West of Scotland, Central Scotland, Fife and the North East.
 
You can read about our planned activities in the PDF below and if you are a wounded, injured or sick veteran or an organisation that is interested in finding out more about what we do, please reach out via the contact details below:
 
 
E: will.barker@oncoursefoundation.com  P: 07856002176

Positive Futures - Getting Transtion Right in Scotland


‘Transition’ is the term most commonly used to describe the period of change around reintegration into civilian life from the Armed Forces. The timeframe is fluid, so this and the language of ‘resettlement’ can lead to confusion over expectations of where, when and how it happens and exactly where the responsibilities lie. I consider transition as a journey, not a single process or a point in time.


This report focuses specifically on the areas of employment, skills and learning. It makes suggestions and broad outcomes-based recommendations to the Scottish Government and others, for improvements aimed at getting transition right to benefit the individual and their family as they transition and become veterans, living and working in Scotland.

Families Transition Too! guide now available

The latest updated edition of Families Transition Too! – A Transition Guide for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Families is now availableWe know from our research Lifting the Lid on Transition: the families experience and the support they need and from the latest Veterans strategy, how important a role families play in the transition of Service personnel to civilian life.  It is recognised that families are instrumental in the preparations for all aspects of transition and often tell us of how they want information written and sent directly to them.  This is why we have produced an updated edition of our transition guide to best support families and to help them prepare for as smooth a transition as possible.

The latest edition of the transition guide highlights some key new additions that we wanted families to be aware of such as the new Defence Transition Service, the newly launched Veterans Railcard, Forces Families Jobs – employment support for spouses and partners, as well as changes to policies that as you know, for the first time, recognise the important role that families have to play in their Service person’s transition.

Download your copy here.

Veterans' Gateway

As you may be aware the Veterans Gateway have recently launch their VG App which looks to support service users across the whole of the United Kingdom.  If you are a member of an organisation that is not currently listed and wish to be included, you should follow the links below.

Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Our combined and continued delivery of services under current COVID-19 restrictions has placed a greater reliance on digital and telephone services to ensure that we continue to support the Armed Forces Community (AFC) across Scotland.  As you may be aware Poppyscotland is one of the 4 consortium partners (along with SSAFA, Combat Stress and RBL) who deliver the Veterans’ Gateway service that has been in existence since April 2017.  We are now in the process of working closely with Patzi Cacchio, the VG Co-ordinator and Dr Matt Kiernan and his team at Northumbria University to broaden awareness of your services and locations and for the Armed Forces Community to access them via the Mobile App that can be downloaded from the Play Store or Apple Store via this link: 

Google Play Store Listing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rview_mobile&hl=en_US
 
Apple Store Listing: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/Veterans-Gateway-Directory-UK/id1488014248  
 

The App is proving to be invaluable and since its launch in May 2020 the directory has expanded to include approximately 17,000 markers to date across the UK, each representing a service available to veterans or service families.  The Consortium remain encouraged by these initial findings, but we think collectively it is possible to increase the breadth and depth of listings in Scotland with your help.   There are 2 areas that we would ask you to consider.
The first is to consider being listed on the App, which is a straightforward process, for ease we have attached the Local Support Directory User Guide.

To ensure your service can be listed please complete the attached VFDS template (spreadsheet) and then submitting it to be check for completeness before the details are submitted to Northumbria University to upload to the system.


Secondly if you are listed already may I encourage you to go to  https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/local-support/ to ensure that your listing is correct, as your services, focus or contact details may have changed . Again, please use the attached directory template (VFDS) for submitting any amendments and in both cases forward to Danny Renowden d.renowden@poppyscotland.org.uk

 VFDS template (spreadsheet)

Can we also take this opportunity to mention that you may also wish to be listed as a Referral Partner or Information Organisation on Veterans’ Gateway, details of these are at https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/become-veterans-gateway-supporter/

Working closely with our partners and particularly Veterans’ Scotland the intention is to increase access to your services through these additional channels.  Once listed more veterans and their families will have greater visibility of the services you provide and all from the convenience of their mobile device or tablet; at a time when we know the need is increasing, along with the complexity of support need and for many this could be their first foray in to gaining information, advice, and support

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