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July 2018 Issue
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YOUR VETERANS NEED YOU!
LEGION SCOTLAND CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

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.

Kevin Gray MM, Chief Executive Officer of Legion Scotland, said: “We have experienced a huge increase in demand for our unique service since it was launched in July 2017. In this time, we have helped nearly 300 veterans get back on their feet and feel confident with their surroundings, and this is all down to our fabulous volunteers who give their time freely to help others. There is more to be done and we need your help to do more for those who have served the nation.

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MPs lend support to ‘Count them in’ census campaign

MSPS TO LEND SUPPORT TO ‘COUNT THEM IN’ CENSUS CAMPAIGN

MSPs gathered at the Scottish Parliament today (Thursday) to show support for Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign. By highlighting the knowledge gap that is created by relevant questions not being included in the Census, the campaign seeks to identify where members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland live, and the issues they face, in order to tailor services accordingly.

Leading the call on the Garden Lobby Steps were MSPs Maurice Corry and Jackie Baillie, who serve as Convenor and Deputy Convenor respectively of the Armed Forces and Veterans Cross-party Group. The event to support Count Them In received strong cross-party support, including from the leaders of all the main Holyrood parties and more than half of all MSPs. Also in attendance was Poppyscotland’s Chief Executive, Mark Bibbey.

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Request for expressions of interest


Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has issued a request for expressions of interest (REOI) to conduct research to understand the transition to civilian life for ex-Service personnel with physical conditions as a direct result of Service or acquired whilst in Service.

The FiMT award is expected to be in the region of £150,000. Although there is no specific completion date, the Trust would like to see the report completed and published within two years of commencement.

The commission was the result of a consultation exercise with stakeholders where it was apparent that those Service personnel who leave the Services on medical grounds and with physical conditions can face particular challenges and may be more likely to experience difficulty when transitioning to civilian life.

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Pioneering research has revealed that a radical new approach could improve the lives of ex-Service personnel and their families. The ground-breaking report highlights how the challenge of caring can put a tremendous strain on the family and identifies the need for changes in the way support is given to people with limb loss, their families and carers.


The project commissioned by Blesma and funded by The Forces in Mind Trust was undertaken by the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Research at Anglia Ruskin University. It will be distributed to health, social and care services and the charity sector, offering guidance and information via the ‘Living with Limb Loss Support Model’.

 “The recommendations from this report could have a huge impact on the lives of military families but limb loss also affects the general public with more than 7,000 amputations being performed every year,” says Barry Le Grys MBE, Chief Executive of Blesma. ‘We believe that by listening to the families, we can enhance their wellbeing and alleviate a huge burden on the NHS.” 

Read the full report at www.blesma.org/familiesproject/
 

Birthday Honours List 2018

We are thrilled that Brigadier Jameson of Perth and Kinross was recognised and has been made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO). 

We are also pleased that SSAFA Perth & Kinross have also received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in the Queens Birthday Honours. 

  

Dowding House in Moffat is looking for new tenants.



The sheltered housing complex is owned and run by the RAF Association. It allows retired RAF personnel and their spouses to retain their independence, with minimal support available from a warden.

Any ex-RAF men or women, their widows and widowers who have reached 60+ may apply irrespective of whether they are members of the Association.

Tenants move into freshly decorated flats, with new carpets. They also have use of a communal lounge, conservatory and launderette. Rent is around £520 per month and includes heating.

Applicants need to complete an expression of interest which you can request from our welfare office in Edinburgh 0131 225 5221

POPPYSCOTLAND ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FUNDRAISING HELP IN DUNBLANE

Scotland’s leading Armed Forces charity is searching for a new Scottish Poppy Appeal Area Organiser (AO) to lead the fundraising push in Dunblane this year and beyond.

Poppyscotland Head of Fundraising Gordon Michie explains: “We’re looking for individuals, groups of friends, or community organisations that have good organisational skills to step forward to lead this year’s Appeal in Dunblane. Last year, £13,500 was raised in the area, but, without your help, we will struggle to collect even a fraction of that amount.

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Serving to Civilian: Valuing Veterans Skills

 
If you’re looking for advice and guidance to help shape your future career, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a wealth of information and resources to support those leaving the Forces and veterans.
 
SDS offer free careers guidance to give you the best chance of success in the civilian job market from their centres nationwide and through My World of Work, Scotland’s careers website.
 
Alistair Ferrier, Armed Forces Champion at Skills Development Scotland, explained: “We know how challenging the transition to Civvy Street can be, so we want to make sure that Service leavers, veterans and their families have all the information they need to make this process as easy as possible.
 
“From My World of Work online to our careers centres, we can offer information on employment, apprenticeships, retraining, funding and much more.”
 
Find out more about Skills Development Scotland’s services at www.myworldofwork.co.uk/veterans or to find out how SDS can support you, contact Alistair at alistair.ferrier@sds.co.uk.


 
11 Aug 18 - Service of Commemoration where we say Thank You, 

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.  The service will start at 1200 on Saturday 11 August 2018
 
100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. It is time to say Thank You for all they did for us.
 
Musical accompaniment will be provided by The Lowland & Highland Bands of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

09 Nov 18 – Concert of Remembrance, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

11 Nov 18 – Remembrance Sunday and Armistice 100

Additional information on these and other events isalso available on the Legion Scotland website here

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.
Registrar your Event Here

RAF 100 EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

Details of all the RAF100 events across the country can be found on the RAF100 website, check HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? on the back of this leaflet.

Details of a selection of the events that are planned in Scotland are listed in this leaflet.

Link here

RNRMC News

 

Informing Scotland Events

 

Local Informing Scotland events are in the planning stages for Highland, Argyll & Bute and the Western Isles.

The National event has been planned for Edinburgh City Chambers on 01 October 2018.

Additional Locations and dates will be publish once confirmed.  If you wish to find out more about these events please contact the Veterans Scotland Support Officer.

 

Email: VS Support Officer

Armed Forces and Veterans Champions

Updated information on the most current champions is available on the Veterans Assist website.  Link here.

A copy of the updated issue of the Veterans Scotland Information booklet is also available below:
 

New guide aims to improve care of ex-Service men and women in nursing homes

A new guide launched on 7th June, to help care homes provide better support for the hundreds of thousands* of service men and women in assisted living in the UK.

Produced by Demos think tank, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust and the Care Cluster of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities), the guide will be sent to all UK care homes and care home provider headquarters.

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Housing Options Scotland’s Summer Tour – Book your free place now!

 

This summer, Housing Options Scotland will be holding free drop in events all over the country to give housing information, advice and support to disabled people, older people, disabled veterans and those who support them, and we might be coming to a town near you!

Follow the link here for more information.

High flying supporters recognised at RAF welfare charity’s annual awards ceremony

A celebration of supporters was held at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s annual awards ceremony, in London.

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SCOTLAND STAR HELPING VETERANS BOUNCE BACK

Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby star Hamish Watson hopped to it this month to help launch a brand new family fundraiser in aid of leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland.

The Big Poppy Bounce will see supporters of all ages descend upon BT Murrayfield to climb aboard space hoppers and race 100 metres – for 100 years – to help our veterans bounce back into civilian life in the process.

The Big Poppy Bounce will take place over the back pitches at the iconic home of Scottish Rugby on Sunday, 19th August, and it is hoped the fun day out will raise in excess of £10,000 to support Poppyscotland’s life-changing work for the Armed Forces community living in Scotland.

2,000 OLDER ARMED FORCES VETERANS HELPED BY £4m COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
 
A multi-million-pound programme to support older Armed Forces veterans in Scotland has helped around 2,000 people in its first year.
 
The Unforgotten Forces project is a collaboration of 15 leading organisations, led by Poppyscotland, which is delivering a range of services and enhancements in areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite and transport, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings. The consortium was awarded £4m of funding from the Aged Veterans Fund to run the project over three years.

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Veterans in Scotland struggling with life after the military are urged to join a unique Peer Support Service 

 
Former servicemen and women in Scotland who are struggling to cope with life outside of the military are being urged to sign up to a Peer Support Service, delivered by veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.
 
Led by veterans for veterans, it’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for those with mental health problems. The Peer Support Service, funded by The Royal British Legion, helps those veterans whose mental health has been affected by their time in the Armed Forces, and who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation after leaving the military.
 
For many former servicemen and women, the adjustment to civilian life can be confusing and distressing, leaving them struggling with changes to their identity and feeling that few people around them truly understand what they’re experiencing. This can be even more isolating if the veteran develops symptoms of mental health conditions.
 
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Combat Stress’ Peer Support co-ordinator for Scotland finishes first in Nightrider Glasgow


Combat Stress’ Peer Support co-ordinator for Scotland, Robert Lappin, was first to complete the 100k course in Nightrider Glasgow cycle ride.

The inaugural event started at 10.30pm on Saturday 19 May, with Robert crossing the finishing line ahead of everyone else less than five hours later.

The route passed many famous sights including the Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow Science Centre, BBC Scotland, Glasgow Cathedral and Celtic Park. Along the way, Robert had to contend with dodging midnight revellers and cycling on a full stomach after eating too much pizza at the 2.30am pit stop.
Robert was joined by four other cyclists in Team Combat Stress and together they raised more than £2,000 for the veterans’ mental health charity. 

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POPPYSCOTLAND INVERNESS CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH BIRTHDAY

Poppyscotland’s pioneering welfare centre in Inverness today celebrated its fifth birthday with the positive news that it has dealt with more than 3,000 enquiries since 2013 and taken up nearly 400 separate welfare cases.

 

With an estimated Armed Forces community of 100,000 in the north of Scotland, Poppyscotland identified a need for the creation of a welfare centre where veterans and their families could drop in at any point to receive help and advice. And drop in they have at a rate of nearly a dozen a week.

The Centre’s manager, Nina Semple, said: “Given the thousands of people that have come through our door since 2013, it is clear that Poppyscotland’s Inverness Welfare Centre has become an integral part of the area in terms of the help and advice that we are giving to members of the Armed Forces community each and every day.

“We know that Armed Forces veterans sometimes find it difficult to ask for assistance in the first place. A person-centred and holistic approach allows beneficiaries to take ownership of their issues. With support from expert staff, they can develop a better understanding of what has caused the issues, decide how it can best be resolved and, most importantly, take the steps necessary to ensure that it does not arise again.”

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High flying supporters recognised at RAF welfare charity’s annual awards ceremony

A celebration of supporters was held at the RAF Benevolent Fund’s annual awards ceremony, in London.

The recipients of 10 awards spanning RAF Station of the Year to incredible corporate support were announced, watched by an audience of RAF personnel, including Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier and beneficiaries of the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

As in previous years, the night’s most hotly contested award was the RAF Station of the Year which went to RAF Marham.

Throughout 2017, personnel from RAF Marham carried out a host of fundraising challenges, all in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Personnel reached new heights when they scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, the team galvanised public interest and participation in events such as the New Year’s Eve 10K and GEAR 10K and they hosted many other fundraising activities such as quizzes, golf tournaments and even a Tornado pull during their Families’ Day.

RAF Marham’s collective efforts have raised more than £30,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

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THE FLYING FIFERS READY TO RIDE FOR POPPYSCOTLAND

A group of cyclists are gearing up for yet another fundraising odyssey to help raises thousands of pounds for leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland. The Flying Fifers will set off on Saturday (June 30th) from Leven and will cycle more than 120 miles a day for six days until they arrive in the French commune of Compiègne where the 1918 Armistice was signed. Just a few miles into their route will see the group taking part in the Armed Forces Day parade along Edinburgh’s George Street.



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