June 2018 Issue
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Saturday 30 June 2018

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local event.

There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country. Search the map below to find your nearest event. The map and the site are updated regularly to provide details of Armed Forces Day events.


ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has this month confirmed the impact of the generous donation of £286,000 given by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (REMT) in August 2017.

The substantial amount of money gifted to the charity has enabled The Soldiers’ Charity to continue supporting soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of need. One of the ways in which the donation has helped is through the funding of the casework undertaken by SSAFA. Last summer, The Soldiers’ Charity awarded them £200,000 - £50,000 of which came from REMT’s donation - to provide welfare and support to current and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel.
The donation has also allowed The Soldiers’ Charity to continue its extensive programme of individual grants, contributing towards the £420,000 that was spent on cases in Scotland between early August 2017 and May 2018. This has directly supported in the region of 600 individuals.

Please link "generous donation" in the first sentence to the following link:

Information on Edinburgh’s
Armed Forces Day Saturday
30 June 2018


1030 - Muster at Charlotte Square. Standards and Marching contingents to form up. 
1100 - Parade steps off and proceed eastwards along George Street. Salute will be at Castle Street.
1130 - Parade enters St Andrew Square Gardens.
1140 - Words of welcome from Lord Provost.
1200-1500 - Entertainment.

Please note that there will be a military band, military marching contingent and a pipe band involved in the parade. There will be a refreshment tent, however this will be controlled (plan to be developed and agreed by licensing). A number of charities have indicated that they will be present. There are still a number of meetings to be held in relation to this day and as soon as the complete plan is known I will share it.
In order that The Royal British Legion Scotland can collate numbers in respect of standards and those wishing to march you are requested to contact Liz Kyle soonest.
I hope you will be able to join us in paying our respect to our Armed Forces, past, future and present.

Warrior tours boost employability for injured veterans

A FOCUS on how military skills translate to civilian employment will help wounded and injured Scottish veterans in their job search.
Warrior Tours, organised by the Royal British Legion, and supported by SaluteMyJob and Arena Travel, are a remarkable combination of battlefield tour and employment workshop which will allow veterans to recognise and translate the skills they have acquired during their military service.

Professional employment consultants will provide targeted employment support before, during and after the tour, planned for October, which includes two days specialist training at a UK location before the group departs for the Normandy battlefields.

To find out more or to apply for a place, visit our website at [[]].

FARES4FREE  are working together with taxi companies and drivers, asking for 4 donated fares a month per driver.  The ask is reasonable and the impact on the veteran community is considerable.

They have paired this project with a campaign to provide wheelchair capable vehicles staffed by trained ex service personnel.  We feel that these will be the people best suited to befriend or care for others in need who share similar backgrounds and experiences. 

Update on the positive impacts of our service. 

FARES4FREE have been supporting a veteran through significant issues since February 2017. The original referral came from the Lanarkshire Branch of the ASAP.
Some time ago Hobbycraft at the Glasgow Fort donated some art supplies as he'd told us he liked to paint. Nothing much happened after that though.

Through VC AT THE KC and the Kings Church in Motherwell, we looked for ways to occupy this veteran. He told us that the worst thing for him was having too much time to think.

He went to work on the wall of the creche in the church and you can see the before and after shots below. He's available if anyone needs some artwork!


07708 299 399

Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is dedicated to assisting serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss, the loss of use of limb, an eye or loss of sight, to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Blesma supports Members and their families to face the challenges ahead with renewed confidence and self-belief by providing financial and emotional support, rehabilitation, advocacy, counselling and care.

We work tirelessly for our Members, who range from the youngest amputee veterans to those who fought in WWII, when the conflicts that have affected their lives are no longer a focal point in the nation’s media. Since 1932, we have been the only national Service charity that supports injured veterans for life.
Blesma aims to ensure that all injured veterans and their families will not be failed, forgotten or left to fend for themselves. 
The Blesma Support Officer for Scotland and Ireland is Steve Burton
Landline: 0131 226 2910
Mobile:  07766 258461

The Royal Air Forces Association

72,000 members. More than 400 branches. In 90 countries.
3,573 volunteers undertaking over 5,000 roles.
When one of the RAF family needs a friend, they turn to us. Through injury, bereavement, loneliness or financial difficulties – we’re here to help.
  • Reach out to offer friendship and help to the RAF family through befriending volunteers, branches, Wings cafés and supported housing
  • Source grants for those in financial hardship from grant-giving charities
  • Keep serving RAF families connected, funding free wi-fi on 25 sites
  • Support RAF children when a parent is away with Storybook Wings
  • Give expert advice and professional assistance on war pensions and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
We’re here for the whole RAF family, serving, retired and their dependants.
See more about what we do and how to join at

Tackling loneliness and isolation among veterans with sight loss.

Scottish War Blinded has conducted a major study into the link between sight loss and loneliness among veterans. Over 250 members took part in the research carried out by the charity, which found that the vast majority of respondents had some  experience of loneliness (ninety four percent). As a result of these findings Scottish War Blinded has made recommendations to the Scottish Government for inclusion in the new national loneliness strategy to support more veterans with sight loss to overcome social isolation.

(Read More here)

17 Jun 18 - Founder's Day
30 Jun 18 - Edinburgh Armed Forces Day

09 Nov 18 – Concert of Remembrance, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh
11 Nov 18 – Remembrance Sunday and Armistice 100

Further information is also available on the Legion Scotland website here


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

Veterans Scotland Exec Meetings:

25 Jul 18 -   New Haig House
14 Nov 18 - Exec & AGM - The Royal Scots Club

Latest News from RNRMC


Jobs Bulletin

A link to the most recent Cobseo jobs bulletin is contained below.  There are a number of current vacancies including several based here in Scotland.

More information here

Armed Forces Covenant

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Further information is available here

Blesma Monthly Highlights - May

Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference 2018: Evidence and Policy for Veterans and their Families

The inaugural Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre (FiMT RC) Conference, sponsored by Lord Ashcroft, is being held on 11 October 2018 at Church House in Westminster.  The conference will focus on research into veterans and their families from the perspectives of academics, policy makers and service providers, and will cover the processes, challenges, benefits and impact of research, highlighting opportunities for research funding and collaboration during four concise sessions.  There will be plenty of scope for networking, questions and discussion. Speakers include Lord Ashcroft PC KCMG, Tobias Ellwood (Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel), Hans Pung (Chair, RAND Europe), Professor Mike Thomas (Vice Chancellor, UCLAN) and Air Vice-Marshal Ray Lock CBE (Chief Executive, Forces in Mind Trust).  (Read more here)

Almost a century of support for the RAF Family

As the RAF marks its centenary year, its leading welfare charity the RAF Benevolent Fund celebrates 99 years standing side by side RAF personnel, past and present.

Supporting our brave airmen and airwomen is the core purpose of the charity set up just a year after the RAF’s foundation, by the same visionary Hugh Trenchard, the first Viscount of Trenchard. As the first Chief of the Air Staff, Lord Trenchard recognised the need to look after the RAF Family and it’s something the RAF Benevolent Fund has been proud to do for almost a century.


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A Special Afternoon Tea with Housing Options Scotland and Nancy Birtwhistle

Nancy Birtwhistle, the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2014, has regaled 50 lucky cake lovers to join her at a fundraising event held by Housing Options Scotland (HOS) at Cromlix Hotel on 29th May 2018.

Moira Bayne, CEO of HOS, was delighted with the success of the sold-out event. “On behalf of everyone at Housing Options Scotland, I would like to thank Nancy for coming to our afternoon tea today and being our special guest. Thanks to her presence, we have managed to raise £1,000. This significant money will be extremely useful in allowing us to help more people who face housing challenges”.

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Combat Stress
Hollybush House Summer Fete 

Hollybush House, our Treatment Centre in Ayrshire, Scotland, will be hosting its annual fundraising summer fete on Saturday 2nd June from 12-3pm. Last year, it raised nearly £9,000 helping us to continue to support veterans from every service and every conflict. Internationally renowned Scottish artist and creator of the McCoo, Steven Brown, will be opening the event and be present throughout the day. The event is also strongly supported by the Hillbillies MCC who provide a 150+ strong ride out from Ayr – their arrival around 1pm is not to be missed! Live music and lots of entertainment will be provided, along with our barbecue, raffle, tombola and cream teas for all visitors. Come along to find out more about the important work we do in your local community.


Further information about this event and the services that Combat Stress deliver is available on their website Link Here

Armed Forces and Veterans Champions

Recently we have seen several changes to the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.  Updated information on the most current champions is available on the Veterans Assist website.  Link here.

Lothians Veterans Calendar June 18


The national Veterans' Lottery - play today for British heroes in need

Thousands of British veterans, their families, and friends, play the national Veterans' Lottery as it is a long term sustainable way to support heroes in need. 

For £10 a month - the price of just three pints of beer - you could currently win up to £12,000... at the same time your ticket guarantees to provide a lifeline for veterans in need. 

It's a great way to show you care. Thank you.


The objects of the Veterans' Foundation are as follows:

To assist people who are serving or who have served in the British armed forces, and their dependants, by advancing any lawful charitable purpose at the discretion of the trustees and in particular, but not exclusively, to make grants to other charities who assist serving and former members of the armed forces and their dependants who are in need.

We will support projects that:

  • Reduce homelessness
  • Increase employment
  • Provide welfare and medical support
  • Increase confidence and social integration
  • Reduce dependence on drugs and alcohol
  • Support other charitable activities that may be needed


Shortlist announced for RAF welfare charity’s annual awards night

The RAF’s leading welfare charity, the RAF Benevolent Fund has announced the shortlisted nominees for its sixth annual awards. The winners of nine awards categories will be revealed at a special ceremony at London’s Gibson Hall, to be held on 7 June 2018.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “The RAF Benevolent Fund simply could not carry out the vital work that we do, supporting the RAF Family, without the help of our incredible supporters. Each year it gets harder and harder to decide on the winners of these awards and that is a testament to the hard work, dedication and creativity with which our supporters contribute to the Fund and its work.…/

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