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19 June 2020 (Edition - Issue 32)

    Armed Forces week - 22 June 2020

Armed Forces Week 2020 begins on Monday 22 June 2020 and supportive employers across the UK are gearing up to show the whole of the Armed Forces community some much deserved recognition.

Armed Forces Week 2020 begins on Monday 22 June, culminating with Armed Forces Day on 27 June and each day of the week has a specific theme.

Armed Forces Week themes:

  • Monday: launch and Global Armed Forces
  • Tuesday: Innovation
  • Wednesday: Reserves Day
  • Thursday: Veterans
  • Friday: Cadets

While celebrations and events have now become virtual, there are still plenty of ways you can show your support for the Reservists, Veterans, Service Families and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers within your organisations.

General Support
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.


It also include details of Armed Forces and Veterans Champions from across Scotland.

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


The updated copy of the information booklet (June 2020) is available via the link here
Employment & Training Support

Update from Skills Development Scotland

The following is an update on how Skills Development Scotland’s Career Information Advice and Guidance services are evolving to continue meeting the changing needs of our customers using the channels available to us.

Partners continue to be central to the success of our service delivery, ensuring that individuals can get the right support, at the right time and from the right person or organisation to allow them to progress and succeed.

You may have noticed that last week we launched a campaign to make customers aware of our enhanced online content at My World of Work and helpline services on 0800 917 8000. These enhanced services are complemented by a fun new career education programme that young people can undertake at home.

We would hugely value your support in helping us promote these services and to that end I will be back in touch later this week with a partner toolkit.

In the meantime, I am keen to provide an up to date breakdown on the CIAG services that SDS is providing at this critical time.

All audiences


Skills Development Scotland has launched a range of services to support those whose education, job or future choices have been affected by the pandemic. Call the Helpline on 0800 917 8000 or visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk for more information.


 

Funding & Financial Support

Pandemic Grants from the Veterans’ Foundation


The Veterans Foundation has awarded grants of about £0.5M in Apr, several grants to deal with pandemic-induced issues.  The VF has retained money for additional pandemic-induced costs to help individuals and charities during the lockdown; these bids will be dealt with quickly out-of-committee.  Non-pandemic bids, in other words routine bids, should be submitted by the end of May for the next grant-giving meeting in mid-June.  

Organisations should apply through the VF website here:  www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/  .  

The maximum value of grants is £30K, which can be spread over 1-3 years.
 

Funding to bring Forces communities together

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has launched an exciting new funding programme to support creative and engaging projects supporting the Armed Forces community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, the Forces Communities Together programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for six-month projects that can take place during social restrictions and bring some joy to those who can’t access services or have limited contact during this period of isolation.

Tap into your creative side

Director of Grants for the Trust, Carol Stone explains:

“With many children from Armed Forces families, older veterans and younger veterans who might be on their own, isolated at home, this funding provides opportunities for creative ideas to reach people in their homes, perhaps through technology. Your project could also reach serving personnel and Reservists – this is a programme which is open to your ideas.”

Charities, Community Interest Companies, schools and Armed Forces units and bases can all apply. You must follow all appropriate government advice regarding Covid-19 during the delivery of your project.

The Trust is keen to stress that applicants must show they can deliver their project while any movement restrictions are still in place. Those awarded funding will be asked to get started quickly after receiving their offer.

Find out more

The closing date for applications is noon on 30 June 2020 with decisions made by the end of August.

Full programme details, guidance and resources are available via the Trust’s website and groups are invited to apply via the Trust’s online portal.

Visit www.covenantfund.org.uk

Programmes from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust 2020/21

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is delighted to announce a range of funding programmes for 2020/21, in support of the Armed Forces community.

This year, our funding will focus on three major themes.

  • Providing emergency help for Forces communities affected by Covid-19.
  • Supporting veterans’ health and wellbeing.
  • Funding projects that support Armed Forces communities, in the communities where they live.
Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing Group Activities during Lockdown

 
Neil Morrison, the VS Health & Wellbeing lead, writes:
 
Veterans Scotland’s Health and Wellbeing Group members have faced considerable challenges during the Covid lockdown.  They had to display imagination, persuasion, adaptability and agility to maintain seamless service provision, making use of untried and novel means with notable success.  This was vital in many service areas, since the lockdown brought with it the potential to exacerbate clients’ mental health issues.  As their achievements have become more evident, I have encouraged them to overcome their natural modesty and do a little trumpet-blowing.  So here are brief summaries of what some of our members have been doing:
 
Scottish War Blinded.  Scottish War Blinded is well aware of the effect of shielding on some of our very isolated members and the misery and anxiety this prolonged period will cause, although we realise how important it is. We are extraordinarily busy making sure they have everything they need from food and medication to art supplies and treats via Fares for Free and spend considerable amounts of time on the phone providing a listening ear and social interaction from quizzes to ukele lessons! In May alone our staff made 3,973 phone calls, referred 129 members to other agencies for specialist support and provided equipment to cope with sight impairment to 100 members so they could read, make hot drinks and cook.
 
Stand Easy.  While Stand Easy’s usual activities have had to be set aside for the moment, we are busier than ever with phone support and four Zoom sessions per week between our Dundee and Stirling groups.  These provide both activities and opportunities to talk.  We also provide online scriptwriting workshops which are open to anyone (so get in touch if you would like a go).  We are starting some online acting workshops in July.  What this has all meant is that we have been able to involve participants from all across Scotland over this period of lockdown.  Always a silver lining …..
 
Combat Stress.  In Scotland Combat Stress has now contacted all veterans waiting for residential treatment and offered them teletherapy which has ranged from a supportive call once a week to Trauma Focussed Therapy twice weekly. Our therapists have full caseloads and Community Teams are working with their existing veterans as well as new referrals. We have contacted 49 veterans waiting for assessment and over half have now opted in. In addition we are able to refer veterans not engaged with our clinical services to a range of self help and resilience tools on our website. Our teams are working extremely hard to deliver the best service they can to our veterans.
 
Pain Association Scotland.  Pain Association Scotland is extraordinarily busy making sure our veterans suffering from chronic pain continue to be supported.  We have adopted a role that is wider than ‘just’ pain management, including on-going support, counselling, mentoring, but above building positive relationships.  We are spending an increasing amount of time on the phone, quite often dealing with issues which go far beyond actual pain.  The key points which have evolved from these sessions with veterans include: dealing with trauma, life issues and adjustment issues before we begin to address their chronic pain, and ‘drip feeding’ self-management messages in the context of building trusting therapeutic relationships.  It is hard to measure benefits, but people say it really helps and comment on how ‘good it is to speak to someone who understands and doesn’t look down on me’.
 
SSAFA.  SSAFA in Scotland dealt with over 4,000 cases last year. Since the COVID-19 outbreak and lock-down, requests to front-line staff for help have increased dramatically - especially from those who are older, have health problems, are on low incomes or self-employed and are at the greatest risk of harm. Most of our services continue with appropriate measures taken to ensure volunteers, staff and beneficiaries are protected. Part of our response to this crisis is the SSAFA Emergency Response Fund, which prioritises support for our critical front-line services, ensuring immediate assistance is given to those impacted by COVID-19.
 
Thistle Foundation.  Thistle’s Support for Veterans Service has seen an increase in the usual referral rate as we have spread our remote support offer Nationally (Scotland wide).  Within one week of referral we offer 1-to-1 phone support to help veterans find ways to manage their current circumstances, offer to complete a ‘stay at home well plan’ and provide signposting to other services/specialist supports where necessary.   We’re also continuing to support remotely those who were already accessing our service pre-lockdown.  This includes completing a Lifestyle Management Course on Zoom which, due to its success, means we hope to run a complete virtual Course from the end of July.
 
Rock2Recovery.  Rock2Recovery continues to provide life saving change management coaching for veterans and their families suffering from severe stress.  We are part of the NHS Scotland Live Life programme working with Fares For Free, the Lothian Veterans Centre, Cyrenians, Stand Easy and Horseback UK to work in other ways to make veterans' lives better.  It is going so well.  In May we provided 52 coaching sessions by Zoom for veterans in Scotland.  Zoom sessions last for 2 hours each and have proved surprisingly successful.  Finally Edinburgh Napier University are conducting research into R2R's effectiveness.  We look forward to the results next year.
 
Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre (ERMAC).  ERMAC had to move fast when the lockdown was announced to continue supporting the near 150 members each week - 30 a day - that were visiting us on a regular basis. Since the first week of lockdown we have built our online Zoom Community from one 2-hour session per week to seven. We quiz, we joke, we have even tried laughter yoga and tribute acts. Our Art, Genealogy and Photography Groups continue to develop. From ages 40 - 94 we have something for everyone, with feedback that the revised provision has been 'a lifeline' during these uncertain times.
 
Walking With The Wounded (WWTW).  WWTW is taking our responsibilities to respond to Coronavirus – COVID19 - very seriously.  The well-being of our clients, our staff and our volunteers is paramount. WWTW has always been a pioneering organisation, demonstrating our ability to be flexible and think laterally, and to be able to deliver effective care to our beneficiaries.   We are very much open for business and continue to carry out our support – albeit remotely!  In the last week alone, we made 764 Covid19 welfare calls and 7 clients entered paid employment.  On top of this we currently have 226 veterans receiving treatment from our mental health programme (Head Start) and are pleased to extend the offer of this service to our clients in SVR without the need for referral via the NHS.
 
Lothians Veterans Centre.  Lothians Veterans Centre adapted very quickly to meet the changing needs of our service users during the Covid 19 pandemic. We have been working hard to provide as far as possible - by phone - the usual advice and support service for health and wellbeing, housing, financial and employability and any other issues. In addition we have been providing an outreach service to pick up and deliver medication, food and other essentials to many veterans and their families. We have also helped secure financial assistance for people who could not afford food and essentials. We have expanded the normal use of our hardship fund for to include buying a tablet so a veteran's teenage son could carry out school work and keep in touch with friends, clothes for a vital job interview, and even a camping chair for a veteran who had access to gardens in the good weather but nowhere to sit.  We have a high proportion of service users with chronic health conditions, particularly mental health issues, for whom the lockdown has meant a worsening of symptoms. Staff have spent considerable time providing emotional support and where appropriate linking them with the appropriate health services as well as arranging safe transport for medical appointments. We also enjoyed a VE Day Zoom celebration! We are continuing to work with a consortium of other veterans’ organisations and volunteers to support veterans, not just in our area but all over Scotland. 
 
Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS).  When the COVID-19 crisis began, DMWS was re-tasked to support the NHS, particularly in Lanakshire and Fife. In Lanarkshire we have helped implement staff support on various levels, including psychological and peer support, providing information to help identify and support changing emotions, and a quiet area to allow staff to take time out for a short period.  In Fife we initially delivered our services by phone, but on our return to the hospitals we have been supporting patients and their families who have no mutual contact and supporting staff within the wellbeing hubs. Concurrently, we have conducted home visits in gardens, delivered essentials including medication to shielded veterans, and offered telephone support.  A Fife veteran, Calum Maxwell crowdfunded sufficient money to purchase five 3D printers and sufficient plastic to make over 1500 face shields for frontline workers. He and our Welfare Officer delivered these across Fife.  Calum plans to donate the printers and materials to local high schools once there is no further need for the face shields in NHS Fife.
 
Action on Hearing Loss.  Hearing Forces continues to be busy and accepting new referrals.  We have been providing essential practical support, advice, guidance and signposting on technological aids to assist in preventing loneliness and isolation. We have been liaising with NHS Audiology departments to request replacements for lost hearing aids, postal hearing aid repairs and referrals for appointments post-lockdown. We have also been proactively contacting our clients to provide emotional, health and well-being support, posting out batteries and replacement tubing with some great stories on re-uniting family and friends.  A veteran’s son said he was “delighted with the quick service”, how things at home have improved so much and that “it is a great relief no longer having to shout at my father all the time”.
 
Housing Support

Extension to Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme

Continued support for house-building industry and buyers.

More than 2,000 households will be able to buy a new build home as the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is extended by a year to March 2022.

Supported by £55 million of funding for 2021/22, the extension will also help house-builders to ensure their economic recovery over the years ahead.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“A strong and growing house-building industry is vital to Scotland's future economic prosperity – and particularly as we plan our strategic economic recovery from COVID-19. This extension will provide us with the opportunity to reassess future priorities for the market, taking account of economic conditions following the pandemic, as well as providing a helping hand to those seeking to buy their own home.

“Since 2013, the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme has supported people with the purchase of over 17,000 new build homes and in particular supported young people aged 35 and under. Extending this scheme will help more people to buy a new-build property, particularly those who have suffered lower levels of income and have used up savings due to the impact of COVID-19 in recent months.”

Background

The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme focuses on more affordable housing with a maximum purchase price of £200,000 and with £15 million ring-fenced support for the purchase of homes sold by smaller developers, from a total budget of £55 million. It bridges the gap between lower loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages now obtainable for new builds and the smaller deposits many households now have available to buy a new home.

Over the next two years the funding commitment for Help to Buy (Scotland) is:

  • 2020-21 £50 million
  • 2021-22 £55 million

79% of those supported by the scheme in 2018/19 were young people aged 35 and under.

An independent evaluation of the Scottish Government shared equity schemes, including Help to Buy has been published. This work was undertaken prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

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.  
 

Housing in Scotland Guide


Poppyscotland have recently produced an information guide for their Housing in Scotland booklet.
 

Members News and Updates

How we kept the poppy factory running during lockdown

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Major Charlie Pelling
Image captionFactory manager Major Charlie Pelling says he's very proud of his team

A team of disabled military veterans have worked through lockdown to make four million poppies for this year's remembrance events.

The ex-servicemen and women made tens of thousands of poppies every week from their homes in a bid to meet their 1 June deadline.

They collected the materials from the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Redford Barracks in Edinburgh every two weeks.

Factory manager Major Charlie Pelling said he was very proud of his team.

He said that if they had stopped working during lockdown they would not have been able to meet their target.

"If we had stopped we would not have been able to deliver the poppy appeal," he added. "I think it it is very important to maintain these iconic moments."

Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Redford Barracks
Image captionThe veterans are making wreaths in the factory now that all four million poppies have been made

Major Pelling said the factory was closed for the first two weeks of lockdown while 22 workers continued to make 8,000 poppies each from home.

Then a core team of 14 reopened the factory to use the machinery to make the petals and to provide the materials for workers to pick up from the back door every fortnight.

Money raised from selling poppies helps support vulnerable ex-servicemen and women - and their families.

Major Pelling said he was determined to keep the operation going.

"The guys have done it with enthusiasm and commitment and it wouldn't have happened without their fantastic attitude, nobody was coerced and it was done exceptionally well," he added.

"If we did not produce the four million quota of poppies it would have had a direct impact on our fundraising.

"It is also very important that we maintained the business so that we didn't put any jobs at risk by having people just sitting at home."

The tin room
Image captionLids need to be put on 30,000 collection tins

Now the factory has fully reopened again to make poppy collection tins and wreaths. The lid has to be broken to remove the money collected from the previous year so new lids need to be attached on 30,000 tins.

The factory, which opened in 1926, was temporarily moved from its home in Edinburgh's Canonmills 18 months ago for a major refurbishment.

Factory foreman George Couper, 49, who was in the King's Own Scottish Borderers said the team worked from their homes in Edinburgh, Fife, Falkirk and Midlothian.

Antony Hodkinson, 52, who was an Army mechanic in R.E.M.E until 2013, said he had hardly noticed there was a lockdown because he had carried on working throughout.

Paul Dickson
Image captionPaul Dickson is the storeman in charge of poppy distribution

He said: "What lockdown? We've just got on with it.

"You can't just stop or we would not have any food or nurses, you have got to carry on.

"I wanted to keep making poppies to commemorate those who have paid the ultimate price for your freedom, to respect them and those who are still on the frontline now."

Paul Dickson, 55, who was in the Scots Guards for 22 years and in the first Gulf War, has metal plates in his legs after being thrown from a horse while in Kenya in 2000.

The storeman said: "I'm glad I'm back at the factory now because I live on my own and it gets me out of the house, I like the banter and I'm proud we have met our target."

John Mitchell, 64, who was in the Scots Guard for 21 years and who has been working in the factory for two years, said: "It was a God-send when I got the call to come back to work so I could see the others again."

John Mitchell
Image captionJohn Mitchell said he was glad to be back in the factory

Military charity ‘Walking With The Wounded’ shortlisted for prestigious Mental Health and Well-being Award

Military Charity, Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’) has been shortlisted for the new Mental Health and Well-being Award. The Charity’s mental health and Independent Employment Support (IPS) programme has been shortlisted for the ‘Innovative mental health intervention’ category.

The Mental Health and Well-being Awards are a celebration of effective mental health or well-being interventions across the UK. Organisations, charities, health services, providers, professionals, and members of the public were invited to nominate those who have gone above and beyond in making the difference to those experiencing mental health difficulties or helping enhance people’s wellbeing.

WWTW Deputy Operations Director, Amy Franklin said,

“It’s fantastic that WWTW has been recognised by the Mental Health and Well-being Awards. There is clear evidence that being unemployed has a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. There is also clear evidence that people with mental health problems are more likely than others to become unemployed. Our IPS employment and mental health programmes support ex-military men and women towards independence. The two programmes go hand in hand”.

Richard Curtis, Programme Director, Mental Health Awareness Programme, commented,

“It is a pleasure to recognise the outstanding work of Walking With The Wounded by shortlisting them. Their Head Start and Employment programmes are just two examples of how they are serving the mental health of ex-military personnel”

New website to help dementia carers serving in the RAF goes live

A bespoke online hub for people in the serving RAF community who are caring for family members with dementia has gone live.

The RAF Association has teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society and CGI to launch the hub, which is the first phase of its new Navigating Dementia project.

The hub, dementia.rafa.org.uk, has been created specifically for people in the serving RAF community who are caring for family members with dementia. It complements the support already provided by the RAF by linking them with other RAF carers and families affected by dementia, providing a vital knowledge hub and steering them towards further resources and support.

Ride to Victory for veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress

Calling all cyclists – cycle 75 miles to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) on 15 August and raise vital funds for veteran’s mental health.

VJ Day in 1945 marked the end of the Second World War, with British troops returning home bearing not just physical but psychological scars of combat, traumatised by what they had experienced.

Today thousands of former servicemen and women from conflicts ranging from the Second World War to Afghanistan depend on Combat Stress’ specialist mental health services to rebuild their lives.

To commemorate VJ Day and raise funds to continue its life-changing services, Combat Stress has launched a new virtual cycling event – Ride to Victory. With RideLondon cancelled, it’s a great way for those disappointed cyclists to prove their ability after months of training. It’s also a good opportunity to give a boost to your mental and physical health, as explained by Combat Stress Occupational Therapist Christie Alkin https://youtu.be/qhYYPYXYhYI .

Charity Scottish War Blinded adapts to continue supporting its veterans with sight loss during lockdown

 
 
Scottish War Blinded are working hard to ensure veterans with sight loss the charity supports continue to receive essential practical and emotional support in lockdown.
 
The charity’s services, which include one-to-one outreach and rehabilitation support as well as activity hubs the Linburn Centre in West Lothian and Hawkhead Centre in Paisley, have all adapted to carry on supporting veterans remotely through regular phone calls and email.
 
Staff are ensuring vital support is in place for members, including arranging grocery and prescription deliveries for those most vulnerable who would otherwise struggle to get these while staying at home.
 
The charity’s expert rehabilitation team have adapted to carry out assessments for specialist equipment over the phone, helping members to maintain their independence.
 
With creative remote activities such as telephone quizzes, online groups and virtual music and fitness sessions, as well as regular social phone calls, huge efforts are being made so that members can still benefit from all-important social connections.
 
In May alone, Scottish War Blinded staff made 3,973 phone calls to members, referred 129 members on to other agencies for specialist support and provided equipment via remote assessments to 100 members, helping them maintain their independence at home in daily tasks like reading, making hot drinks and cooking.
 
Jenny Liddell, Scottish War Blinded Practice Lead for the north, said: “Living with sight loss had already deeply affected the ability to get out and about or maintain independence for many of the veterans we support prior to this outbreak. 
 
“Everybody is feeling it now. They are obviously feeling concerned, but people are loving getting our phone calls. We’re doing all we can to keep our veterans smiling. 
 
“It’s not just people with sight loss living in the most rural areas who are struggling – many living in more urban areas are still dealing with social isolation. Wherever our veterans are based, we are dedicated to providing the highest levels of support at all times.”
 
Partnership working has become more important than ever throughout these unprecedented times. Organisations Scottish War Blinded have teamed up with to provide support for members include Fares 4 Free, Action on Hearing Loss, Veterans 1st Point, Alzheimers Scotland. Combat Stress, DMWS, ASAP, Poppyscotland and many local social work and health teams.
 
Rebecca Barr, Director of Services, Scottish War Blinded, said: “Our veterans need us now more than ever. We are working hard to ensure each and every person we support knows they are not alone and is getting the help they need. Sight loss has an emotional impact on many people – it’s vital that we continue to combat social isolation remotely throughout this difficult period where many could be feeling this even more acutely.”
 
Scottish War Blinded gives free support to former servicemen and women of all ages, no matter if they lost their sight during or after service, including National Service. For more information about the support offered to veterans with sight loss, call 0800 035 6409 or get in touch online at www.scottishwarblinded.org
 
His Royal Highness, who is known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, will take the salute from a piper at Birkhall to mark the anniversary. In a message of support for the commemorations, His Royal Highness said: “On 12th June 1940, after a gallant stand, the 51st Highland Division with supporting arms and services, including elements from English regiments, was forced to surrender to the German army at St Valéry-en-Caux on the Normandy coast of France.

 


Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of the Unforgotten Forces consortium’s newsletter. By the end of March the consortium’s partner organisations had, between them and working together, provided over 12,500 episodes of often life changing support for older veterans in Scotland across its five main service areas, namely: practical support, advice, health & wellbeing, countering loneliness & social isolation and arts engagement. Since then of course the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything for us all and the Unforgotten Forces partnership has had to quickly adapt many of its services to continue supporting older veterans during the coronavirus lock-down.

https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Unforgotten-Forces-Newsletter-No.8-Spring-2020.pdf
 

Other News and Updates

Fun and free books for all the family 

 
Reading Force is a FREE, fun shared reading activity for all families with a Forces connection, including veterans, serving personnel and reservists, and divorced/separated partners and children with a Forces link. 
 
We post books and colourful scrapbooks to children at home. Sharing stories and chatting about them is a great home activity AND a fun way to keep in touch with wider family members such as grandparents, and friends. Families can use the scrapbook to share their thoughts about the book they have read together, in notes, letters, drawings, crafts and photographs.
 

 
‘It has been lovely to share special family time reading this book. Life is so busy and it is wonderful to take time to slow down and read together – and experience the book together. Grace has enjoyed discussing the book with her brothers and friends. Filling in this scrapbook has helped to discover which bits Grace enjoyed and has encouraged her little brother to read them as soon as he can. Thank you for this resource – our family has very much appreciated it and the support and encouragement to keep reading!’
 
Anyone with a Forces connection can join our fun shared-reading initiative and request a FREE book and scrapbook for every child at https://www.readingforce.org.uk/families/
 
Organisations working in the Armed Forces and Veterans community can also share this link with their families, and sign up on our website to receive copies of scrapbooks to distribute.  
 
For more information, please contact Fiona Maxwell, Reading Force Ambassador (Scotland): fiona@readingforce.org.uk or Tel 07548 778 930
 

The Scottish Government Cyber Resilience Update 

Cyber Resilience COVID-19 Bulletin
ISSUE: 11.06.20

As a result of the significant rise in COVID-19 related scams, the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Unit is sharing important information on current cyber resilience issues. We aim to update the Bulletin on a weekly basis and ask that you consider circulating the information to your networks, adapting the contents to suit your audience. Advice and information is changing daily as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, so please ensure you only take information from trusted sources

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