31 August 2018 Issue
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Veterans Assist Scotland Website

The newly updated Veterans Assist Scotland website has now been launched.  The website looks to put in one place most of the resources you might need, whether this is finding information on Employment, Housing, Health or even just find who are your Local Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.  

The site is not just for those who have just left the Services.  Veteran support is a whole-life concept in both the public and charitable sectors.

Military charities call on country to say ‘Thank You’ to WWI generation

Poppyscotland and Legion Scotland today launched a mass movement to say “Thank You” to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. With fewer than 100 days to go until 11th November, the charities are calling on mass involvement from the public to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

To launch the Thank You movement, a giant installation of eight-foot-high illustrated letters appeared in Dundee’s City Square. The public were invited to write their own personal messages of thanks directly on to the installation.

Dundee was chosen for the Scottish launch of Thank You as the city exemplified the collective effort made across Scotland, Britain and the Commonwealth, not only on the front line, but, importantly, on the home front as well.

The city had among the highest enrolment rate of any town in Britain, with an estimated 63 per cent of eligible men signing up. This equated to 30,490; more than 4,200 of whom made the ultimate sacrifice and thousands more who returned with devastating injuries. As a result of the high enrolment rate, women quickly answered the call and entered the many jute and munitions factories, and various engineering works.

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Poppyscotland & Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

DMWS Welfare Officer in the spotlight on ITV’s Love Your Garden 

Six weeks into his third tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009 Nathan Cumberland was caught in a blast while leading a foot patrol and lost both his legs. Since then he has dedicated his time to helping others. The war veteran who works for the Charity Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) has been given a surprise garden makeover by Alan Titchmarsh.

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DMWS (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Unforgotten Forces Newsletter No. 2 - Summer 2018

Please find a link below to the Summer 2018 Newsletter for the Unforgotten Forces project which supports older military veterans in Scotland age 65 and over.

We hope that you may find this interesting and please feel free to forward it to any individuals or organisations you think it may be relevant for – particularly those that might refer older veterans to us for the sorts of support we can provide.

Further information reference referrals and contact details etc. are included on the final page.

Link here

OSCR Reporter August 2018 issue

Have you read the latest edition of OSCR Reporter? If you haven't, you can do so here: 

Previous issues of the OSCR Reporter newsletters are available here

Charities SORP Committee and Process - governance review

The four charity regulators in the UK and Republic of Ireland have decided to hold a governance review of the constitution and composition of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) committee and the SORP making process.

The governance review will be undertaken by an Oversight Panel comprising an observer representative nominated by the FRC and a representative from each of the four charity regulators. The panel will be assisted by the staff of the CCEW and OSCR.

The work of the panel will be overseen by Professor Gareth Morgan, an independent Chair retained by the SORP-making body.

The purpose of the governance review is:

  • to gain assurance that the SORP-making process commands confidence and addresses the transparency and public confidence challenges facing charities; and
  • to assure the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) that any revised arrangements adhere to the FRC Policy on developing SORPs.
Further Information via link

PACE Information Leaflet

The latest PACE information leaflet which provides valuable information for anyone in a redundancy situation is now available.  It also has useful numbers etc for those seeking further support across various PACE partners. 

A link to the leaflet is contained here.


Warrior Programme – Residential Courses 2018

The Warrior Programme runs residential training courses which are FREE to participants with accommodation and full board included.

The Warrior Programme is a personal transformational, motivational and educational course run over 3 days. More than 800 individuals, with over 600 of whom being ex Services and Serving Personnel, have attended the course. Using coaching techniques it enables individuals to take control of their lives, increase confidence, provide motivation and direction to allow them to lead a healthy and balanced life.

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Poppyscotland’s national fundraising campaign to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War has captured the imagination of the nation, and none more so than an enthusiastic group of supporters at HMP Castle Huntly. The Dundee-based prison’s community has undertaken various challenges in order to reach The Poppy Pledge target of £1,918, which they must fulfil by Remembrance Sunday.

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New Events Update


If you are looking to hold any Comradeship or Remembrance events in your local area, let us know about them so they can be included here.
Register your Event Here

Legion Scotland Today Magazine

The latest issue of the Legion Scotland Today Magazine has now been issued.  A link to the online version is available below.

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Legion Scotland - Veterans Community Support Coordinator

Legion Scotland are seeking to recruit a highly motivated individual for a fixed period to June 2020. Reporting to Head Office you will co-ordinate the delivery of the Veterans Community Support Service within the Edinburgh, Lothians & Borders Area. You will be required to engage with members of the Ex-Service Community, consortium members and partners to provide support and assistance to veterans and their families.

Further details regarding the application process are available on the Legion Scotland website via the link here.

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

The Lookout

All the latest news from RNRMC

Scottish Government's
Housing Guide

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

A PDF copy of the guide is available here.

A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel

Blesma Magazine

The Blesma magazine is the Charity's official publication created specifically to keep all our beneficiaries and supporters up to date with their latest news, work, the latest research and real-life stories.

Ex-Service personnel use of performance enhancing drugs and supplements to be explored

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £42,357 to the University of Sunderland to conduct a year-long project to identify the prevalence, motivations and mental health status of users of Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs and Supplements (PIEDS) amongst ex-Service personnel.

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Evaluation of the Ministry of Defence Spouse Employment Trial

This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Spouse Employment Support (SES) Trial. The Trial ran from 26th October 2015 until 30th September 2017 and incorporated spouses of personnel serving in the Royal Air Force (across a range of UK locations) and spouses of tri-Service Personnel serving at Joint Forces Command in Cyprus. The report addresses both the impact of the Trial on participating spouses and spouses’ perceived needs for employment support. 

A copy of the report is available here.

Royal British Legion Scotland Thank You Coin

We are delighted to announce the Royal British Legion Scotland has commissioned a limited-edition coin in a beautiful presentation box to commemorate Armistice 100 and say Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. 


The coin is engraved on one side with the Thank You logo featuring the Scottish Poppy in bold Red and the words “All who served, sacrificed and changed our world 1918 – 2018.  On the other side it features the famous words of Laurence Binyon “at the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them” surrounding the proud and distinguished badge of the Royal British Legion Scotland – with “We said Thank You.”

The coins are available for purchase at the special price of £15 plus P&P with a minimum of £5 from every coin being donated to the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Further information here

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)


Scotland’s largest membership charity for veterans is on the lookout for volunteers to help tackle isolation and loneliness among the Armed Forces community.

Legion Scotland’s recruitment drive for its Veterans Community Support Service, which was launched last year, is asking people to spare a few hours in order to improve support for veterans and their families in the community.

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Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

The latest news from the Armed Forces Covenant trust is now available via the link below.

Link here
Veterans Scotland Website
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Registered as a charity in Scotland, SC 033880.

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