January 2018
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Executive Chairmans' Update

This is my final contribution to the Newsletter which aims to reach out to and inform the wide range of organisations that provide services, advice and support to veterans and their families across Scotland. After our Executive Committee on the 28th of February I am handing over to Chris Hughes, who retired from the Services, as a major general, in 2009.
As a membership charity Veterans Scotland has developed to be the acknowledged point of contact on veterans strategic matters at the strategic level. This has only been achieved  by our 72 members adopting a truly collegiate approach with a shared understanding of the importance of communication, connectivity, collaboration, cooperation, information sharing, influence, reaching out and achieved through engagement across Scotland and throughout UK on veterans matters. Membership of the Confederation of British Military Charities ( Cobseo), close association with the Serving Community and the wide spectrum of stakeholders, including the Scottish Government with the enviable continuity that the Cabinet Secretary has provided , the Holyrood Armed Forces and Veterans Community Cross Party Group, local authorities, health boards, Police Scotland, DW, Scottish Prison Service as well as other voluntary sector charities including funders bind together the overall impact of Veterans Scotland.
I would like to say a big thank you to the Executive Committee for their wise counsel and guidance and to the small, but dedicated Veterans Scotland HQ team for their great commitment to ensure veterans and their families do not experience disadvantage through service.
Finally, whilst there is a small number of veterans who at some stage really do require special support I emphasise that the vast majority of those leaving the Services and settling in Scotland and those who are already veterans, and their families, have a huge amount to offer to employers and the country as a whole.

The Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre

The Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre aims to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of veterans in the community, providing the opportunity to engage with people who have shared experiences and history, learn new skills, explore a number of interests and access support services.

The centre will be open to veterans living in the local area. Transport will be available in the Paisley, Greenock, Clydebank and Dumbarton areas, although this can be adjusted dependant on demand.

Information Leaflet

Timetable of Events

Armed Forces Day Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

The Ministry of Defence is providing funding to help organisations in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer to show support for the UK’s servicemen and women, past and present.

Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK.

In support of this event, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is providing funding to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer.

Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 (providing the MoD accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

For all enquiries contact:

  • Armed Forces Day Team 
    Ministry of Defence 
    SW1A 2HB

Tel: 0207 80 70970
Website Information:

Armed Forces charities help quarter of a million people with physical health issues

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Directory of Social Change (DSC) today (25 January) release the report Focus On: Armed Forces Charities’ Physical Health Provision, which reveals that 121 charities deliver services to at least 250,000 beneficiaries in the Armed Forces Community.

This ground-breaking research maps for the first time Armed Forces charities’ physical health support with the charities spending at least £103 million on physical health provision last year.

Read more

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 and what it means for your charity

Following considerable scrutiny and debate, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 became law in April 2016. That debate recognised lobbying as a legitimate and valuable part of our democratic process, whilst agreeing that the creation of a public Lobbying Register was appropriate to enhance public transparency, for certain types of lobbying.

The Scottish Parliament was given the duty to develop and implement the systems and guidance to operate the new Lobbying Register and committed to do so within 2 years of the Act being passed.

In the OSCR latest blog, Dougie Wands, Acting Lobbying Registrar, summarises what to expect for those involved in face-to-face lobbying of MSPs, members of the Scottish Government, junior Ministers, Special Advisers or Permanent Secretary.

Read the blog here 

New data protection advice service from ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a dedicated advice line on Wednesday 1 November to help small organisations prepare for a new data protection law.

The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities and recognises the particular problems they face getting ready for the new law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Follow the link here for more information and advice.

Veterans Scotland Exec Meetings:

28 Feb 18 -  New Haig House
22 May 18 - New Haig House
25 Jul 18 -   New Haig House
14 Nov 18 - Exec & AGM Location tbc
Informing Scotland Events

27 Apr 18 - Angus
01 Oct 18 - National Event Edinburgh

Additional Locations and dates will be publish once confirmed.

Other Events 

01 Apr 18
- RAF100
10 May 18 -  CTP Employment Fair
30 Jun 18 - Armed Forces Day

Legion Scotland

25 Apr 18 - Anzac Day Service
04 May 18 - Islay 100
29 May 18 - Scottish American Memorial Day
17 Jun 18 - Founder's Day
30 Jun 18 - Edinburgh Armed Forces Day
27 Jul 18 - Scottish Korean War Memorial

Further information is also available on the Legion Scotland website here
Veterans Assist is awebsite created by Veterans Scotland which looks to provide information on where veterans or those supporting them can go to seek help or advice that they may need it here in Scotland. 

Blesma – January Monthly Highlights

A link to the Blesma Monthly highlights is available here

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity Newsletter

A link to the RNRMC Newsletter is available here

Cobseo News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Cobseo Members.



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There are over 60 Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) across Scotland, offering face-to-face advice on a wide range of issues. CAB are independently run and staffed by well-trained volunteers dedicated to providing high quality, free, confidential, independent advice.

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Articles for Inclusion

If any of the Veterans Scotland membership organisations have articles for inclusion within the newsletter please forward them to the Veterans Scotland Office manager: 
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Veterans Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Edinburgh, EH7 4HR
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Registered as a charity in Scotland, SC 033880.

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