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27 July 2018 Issue
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Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans


Following the recent Scottish Government reshuffle Graeme Dey was appointed Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans in June 2018.  Veterans Scotland look forward to our continued engagement with both Scottish Government on the newly appointed Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans over the coming months and would like to congratulate him on his appointment.
  



Responsibilities

Supports the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations.

Specific responsibilities are:
  • government and parliamentary business
  • local government elections
  • Scottish Parliamentary elections
  • Freedom Of Information (FOI) and open government
  • veterans
Additional information is available here

 

Hundreds of members of the RAF Family have been supported by a series of new welfare initiatives, launched by the RAF Benevolent Fund.
 
To date this year, the RAF’s leading welfare charity has received almost 300 enquiries for its Listening, Counselling and Wellbeing Service as well as those wishing to access help via Anxiety UK and Cruse Bereavement Care.
 
It is thought that one in four people will experience a common mental health illness, such as anxiety or depression, at some stage in their lives. Many do not seek the help they need, with only a quarter of those diagnosed going on to receive treatment.
 
Research carried out by the Fund in 2015, highlighted the need for more mental wellbeing support for the wider RAF Family, including veterans and dependants of those who serve.
 

People like Sally, a Reservist in the RAF, who contacted Anxiety UK, for support with depression.
 
Sally said: “There is still a stigma around mental illness. I knew deep down something was wrong but I did not want to start that first conversation, I had a fear of where to start. I spent a long time in denial. You have to trust your family or a loved one and talk about it. My other half was adamant that things could not be left as they were any longer but I had to be pushed to get help. I thought I was coping but I wasn't.
 
“Without the therapy sessions I would be in a far worse situation and I would encourage others to please seek help if they feel they are not coping and talk to someone about how they are feeling.”
 
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If you need support with your mental wellbeing contact 0300 222 5703 and support@rafbf.org.uk where you will be referred to the service best equipped to support you.

RAFBF (Members of Veterans Scotland)
 
During July, the Forces in Mind Trust have release several research papers.  These papers covered a variety of subjects and copies are available from their website via the links below:
Research Snapshots
 
The FiMT RC is producing a variety of plain language research syntheses called Snapshots.  The first of these, which was produced in collaboration with The University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy, is on the topic of housing – find it at https://www.vfrhub.com/housing-accommodation-summary/.  Work is currently in progress on an employment-themed Snapshot, which will be produced by the FiMT Research Centre in consultation with FiMT, the Cobseo Employment Cluster and The Royal British Legion, and further Snapshots will follow on a wide variety of relevant topics.

GENERAL SECRETARY VISITS SCOTTISH VETERANS FUND RECIPIENTS

Jim Wilson, General Secretary of Veterans Scotland, spent a day in July visiting two organisations that received funding from the Scottish Veterans Fund to support the services they deliver.

On arriving at The King’s Church in Motherwell he met David Gibson from Fares 4 Free, an organisation that encourages the provision of free transport for veterans through taxi firms across Scotland. The SVF has funded a part-time post of Operations Co-ordinator with Fares 4 Free for two years. This increases their reach and collaboration with the taxi firms that willingly offer free transport for veterans with a need. When Jim arrived, David was busy on his phone organising transport for a disabled veteran, in a wheelchair to get from his home in Perth to the railway station then to Glasgow, a transfer between Glasgow stations and then on to London for an awards ceremony.

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Fares 4 Free (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Royal British Legion Scotland says Thank You

 

The Royal British Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland have been asked by the Royal British Legion to assist in the delivery of their “Thank You” project in Scotland.  With Remembrance being led by the Legion since 1921, the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 2018 is going to be one of the most memorable and significant moments in the history of the Legion and the entire nation.

During the last 100 days of the centenary, from 8th August to 11th November we want to encourage everyone to thank those who fought, those who returned and those who worked to rebuild the country for future generations and achieved incredible advancements in many areas including medicine, the arts and everyday life.

We are inviting our members and supporters to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrifice and changed our world.  Those who fell on the battlefields. Those who returned. Those who served on the home front, in the farms and factories. And all those who after the war built a new world – our world.  We want everyone to join us, and say thank you in their own way?

If you would like to get involved you can get more information by emailing us at thankyou@legionscotland.org.uk 

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Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

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 will be available for purchase from the 11th August 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)



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

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh.  The service will start at 1100 (updated) 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

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.

Mey Highland & Cultural Games 2018

 

After the success of last year, come and join in another family fun day out at the iconic John O'Groats.

Our Games is packed full of events, exhibitions and things to see and do including Highland Dancing, the traditional Pipe and Drum Band, track and field events for all ages and the world famous Tug of War! 

Alongside the fun and games there will be loads of local arts, crafts and food stalls too. 

Do like and follow our page to keep up to date with all the news on exhibitors,entertainment and further information about the day.

And book the date so you can come along and join the fun!

Hosted by The Royal British Legion, Wick, Canisbay and Latheron branch, part of Legion Scotland, in aid of our local community of former and serving members of the armed and emergency services.

 More Information via link below:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1598279230208616/

RBLS (Members of Veterans Scotland)
 

Scottish Veterans Commissioner

A new Scottish Veterans Commissioner has been announced by Veterans Minister Designate Graeme Dey.



Charles (Charlie) Wallace’s appointment will start in the autumn. He is currently Deputy Commander, 51stInfantry Brigade and HQ Scotland and has had an exemplary 35 career in the Army. The role of Scottish Veterans Commissioner is unique in the UK and, since its creation in 2014, has been held by Eric Fraser.

It comes as the Minister Designate launched a new guide providing practical information about services available in Scotland to support service personnel and their families.

Speaking ahead of Armed Forces Day, Mr Dey said:

“Scotland has a long and proud military tradition, with more than 500,000 people in our armed forces and ex-service community. I firmly believe they are an asset to Scotland, and I want to ensure they are properly supported.

“The work of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner has led the way across the UK as a voice for veterans within Scotland. Charlie Wallace brings a great deal of experience from his long and distinguished army career and I am confident he will build on the excellent work delivered by Eric Fraser.

“It is also essential service personnel and their families living or moving to Scotland can benefit from everything we have to offer, which the guide I am launching will do.”

Charlie Wallace said:

“I am delighted to be taking up the appointment of the Veterans Commissioner from Eric Fraser, who has done such an excellent job in establishing the role.  I am really looking forward to championing the thousands of amazing veterans we have in Scotland and who contribute so much to our society.”

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Service Leaver's Guide


The July 2018 issue of the MoD Service Leaver's Guide has now been published.  A copy of the guide is available via the link below:
 
 

Naval Families Federation


In addition to the other guides on transition, we have also seen the Naval Families Federation issue their "Families transition too!" guide which also looks to assist in the transition process.  A copy of their guide is available via the link below:
 

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)


We have been asked to make you aware of the opportunity to attend the 1 day EFAW course which is SQA regulated.  Courses are available free of charge for all ex-forces as part of the Lothians Veterans Centre outreach project. 

Courses are available for groups of 6-12 personnel and can be run at venues across the central belt of Scotland. 

A copy of the Information Flyer for the EFAW training is available here.
 


Any organisations wishing to arrange training should contact Steven Williams directly by email to discuss availability and any costs for non ex-forces staff that wish to take up this training. 

Contact details for Steven are shown below:

steven.williams@lothiansveteranscentre.org.uk

LVC (Members of Veterans Scotland)
 
 
The Soldiers’ Charity recently awarded Poppyscotland with a grant of over £50,000 towards ASAP




The substantial grant is to help assist with Poppyscotland’s Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP). ASAP provides dedicated information, advice and support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland. Read more about the partnership here: https://www.soldierscharity.org/soldiers-charity-recently-awarded-poppyscotland-grant-50000-towards-asap/

ABF The Soldiers' Charity (Members of Veterans Scotland)

SERVICE GROUP RAISES MORE THAN £1,100 FOR POPPYSCOTLAND

A local service group that helps individuals with learning difficulties has raised almost £1,200 for leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland.

The group, which supports individuals with learning difficulties to be more independent through organised activities, chose to support Poppyscotland due to the fact that 2018 is the centenary year of the signing of the Armistice that led to the end of the First World War.

The Barrhead/Thornliebank Service User Committee, which is part of the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Thornliebank Resource Centre, raised a total of £1,191 through a ‘Poppy Parade’ sponsored walk and a jewellery workshop that produced sparkly poppies.

Sharon McIndoe, the group’s Day Centre Officer, said: “Poppyscotland was the natural charity of choice for us this year given the significant date, but we also chose them because some of our service users had previously been involved in raising money for Poppyscotland. We wanted to do something extra this year and the donations we received took the final total to £1,166.50.

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Poppyscotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

330 Older veterans with hearing loss supported by hearing forces service in first year

Since launching in July 2017, Action on Hearing Scotland’s Hearing Forces service has provided vital information and support for 330 veterans in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Dundee, Angus and Highland to cope with their hearing loss or tinnitus.

The service, which is part of the Unforgotten Forces collaboration of 15 organisations led by Poppyscotland, offers hearing aid support, information about ways to reduce the impacts of tinnitus and advice about assistive equipment, such as amplified telephones or personal listeners, which can make everyday life easier.

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Action on Hearing Loss Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

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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Leigon Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

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