30 January 2019 - Issue 2
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Scotland welcomes UK-wide Veterans Strategy

First ever UK-wide strategy on the delivery of support for veterans published 

Produced jointly between the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, and including the Northern Ireland Office, the Strategy for our Veterans outlines a new vision and principles to support those who served, as well as their families.

The strategy identifies six key areas where support is most needed over the next ten years: community and relationships, employment and skills, health and wellbeing, finance and debt, housing, and contact with the law.

It assesses the barriers and opportunities in these areas to providing support to each veteran, including improved collaboration between organisations, better co-ordination of services and more robust data on the veteran community.

It is published alongside a UK Government consultation paper that seeks views on how best to champion and deliver the needs of the ex-service community. It will inform how the strategy could be implemented across the UK, except for devolved matters in Scotland and Wales. The Scottish and Welsh Governments will engage separately on devolved issues such as housing and healthcare.


Strategy for our Veterans – UK Consultation Paper Online survey

The UK Government Consultation Paper complements the Strategy for our Veterans, by gathering information to inform how it could be implemented across the UK except for devolved matters in Scotland and Wales, against the backdrop of what is already delivered. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in Veterans’ issues in the UK, except for devolved matters. Separate consultation arrangements will be made by the Scottish and Welsh Governments on areas that are devolved. Responses are welcome from across the UK so long as they refer to an issue within the bounds of the above.

This survey is an online way to respond to the Consultation Paper questions and should be completed in conjunction with the information provided in that document:

Before responding, you should also read the Strategy for our Veterans itself, available here:

You do not need to answer all the questions and may chose only to respond to those which you feel informed about.

This consultation is open until 21 February 2019. All responses to this Consultation Paper will be analysed and a government report will be published within 3 months of the closing date above. Individual responses will not be responded to.


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust makes grants to support the Armed Forces Community. We manage the grant programmes funded by the Covenant Fund. We also run wider funding programmes that support the Armed Forces Community.

Fund out more about potential funding: Click Here

Fund for Veterans’ Community Centres Launched

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a £3M funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects.

The Veterans’ Community Centres Programme is a specialist pot of funding. Applicants must be Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment. Read More

Further and Higher Education Gathering

On Tuesday 15th January, Glasgow Caledonian University hosted a Gathering of representatives from all of the Universities and most of the Colleges across Scotland. Planned and co-ordinated jointly by Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University and Veterans Scotland, the purpose was to encourage all Colleges and Universities to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and to look at ways of promoting Further and Higher Education to Service Leavers, their families and to veterans, and to look at encouraging Colleges and Universities to employ more veterans.
Just over 100 people attended and, apart from the Colleges and Universities, the audience included representatives from organisations that support veterans into employment, including RFEA and CTP; from members of the Serving community; from charities such as SSAFA and RCET; and from Skills Development Scotland and from the Scottish Government.
The aspiration is to develop a network of Champions across Scottish Colleges and Universities, promoting Further and Higher Education as an option for the Armed Forces and Veterans Community and to promote the employment of veterans within those organisations.      
The Veterans Minister today learned about a ground-breaking service that is providing life-changing support to older Armed Forces veterans in Scotland.

Graeme Dey MSP visited Poppyscotland’s Welfare Centre in Kilmarnock to hear about the work being done by the Unforgotten Forces project – a collaboration of 15 leading organisations delivering a range of services and enhancements for older veterans. Unforgotten Forces assists veterans in areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite and transport, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings.
Mark Bibbey, the Chief Executive at Poppyscotland which leads the project, said: “The Unforgotten Forces project is pioneering as it is rare for so many organisations to work together on one initiative to this extent. This means that when a veteran speaks to one member of the consortium, he or she is effectively speaking to us all given how close the collaboration is. A total of 3,155 older veterans were reached, supported or helped in some way during the first year of the project; an achievement that has far exceeded targets.”
Mr Bibbey added: “We believe that the Unforgotten Forces model is one that can and should be repeated across the sector, and, indeed, other sectors. As budgets get squeezed and demand on services increases, it is innovation like this that allows us to overcome these challenges and provide an even better quality of service. It is our belief that those benefitting are among our most deserving in society and it was wonderful that the Veterans Minister was able to take the time to come along today to hear about the work being done.”

New report from Forces in Mind Trust calls for increased awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant

Less than a quarter (24%) of British organisations have heard of the Armed Forces Covenant and only 8% have signed it, according to report

A new report titled ‘Benefit not Burden’ commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and conducted by Shared Intelligence, calls for increased awareness around the benefits to businesses, public and voluntary sector organisations in the UK in signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant and being a veteran friendly employer.

Less than a quarter (24%) of the organisations surveyed in FiMT’s research had heard of the Armed Forces Covenant and only 8% had signed it. The report finds that the smaller an organisation is, the less likely it is to be aware of the Covenant or to have signed it or taken any action.

Fiona MacDonald, Bravehound has been awarded a POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD by PM Theresa May

Fiona MacDonald, from Arisaig, Inverness-shire, is an opera singer and founder of the ‘Bravehound’ initiative, which matches veterans with companion dogs to support their rehabilitation and provide therapy for those diagnosed with PTSD.

Fiona Macdonald

Bravehound was voted as the UK’s best voluntary project at the 2017 National Lottery Awards and is a finalist in the 2019 Soldiering On Awards. Fiona also founded and runs ‘Glen Art’, a charity that helps people from military backgrounds return to civilian life through artistic events. Fiona was inspired to set up the charity in memory of her great aunt, a nurse killed on a hospital ship in 1918, and from regularly performing at commemoration concerts and events for military charities. ‘Glen Art’ has run a number of events to mark the centenary of the First World War, and supported ‘Theatre of War’ productions in 2015 and 2018, which invited veterans and serving paratroopers to watch performances of Greek tragedies to help facilitate conversations around PTSD and help remove the stigma associated with PTSD.

Fiona was presented with her award by Maurice Corry MSP, convener of the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community. 

Armed Forces and Veterans Community Cross Party Group Meetings

We have now had confirmation on dates for the next CPGs, which are provisionally booked as follows:
  • Wednesday 24 April – Committee Room 2
  • Tuesday 11 June – Committee Room 6
  • Tuesday 10 September – Committee Room 6
Additional information is available on the Scottish Parliament website via the link below:


Transition: Individual Planning and Personal Development is the offer of support, advice and education that will increase personal knowledge and awareness and supports soldiers’ personal development and long-term planning. It is mandated by Commander Land Forces and directed in Land Forces Standing Order 3221.

Transition IPPD should be undertaken throughout your military career in order to enhance your professional portfolio and career prospects as well as prepare you for your inevitable transition to civilian life.


The Veterans’ Foundation Grant Applications

Trustees of the Veterans Foundation allocate grants every three or four months.  They welcome applications from Armed Forces charities and other organisations carrying out charitable work for serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces, qualifying merchant seamen, and their dependants, who are in need. Deadlines for applications are the end of December, March, May and September each year. Further details can be found on the website .
Employment Opertunities

Poppyscotland is at the forefront of delivery of support to our Armed Forces community across Scotland. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.

New roles at Legion Scotland

Join the Legion Scotland team at Edinburgh Head Office

Legion Scotland have two exciting posts available within their Head Office Team

Another Ex-Forces/ Veteran friendly employer in Scotland offering a range of positions that may be of interest to the wider veteran community. Follow the link below see what positions are available ranging from HR Operations Manager to other more technical trades.

FiMT funds year-long study to better understand employment outcomes for SNCOs

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER), in partnership with QinetiQ and RFEA, £111,352 to conduct a year-long study to better understand the employment outcomes for Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs).

Mixed-methods of research will be used, which will include: analysis of the latest employment statistics, surveys and interviews with veteran SNCOs and interviews with SNCOs’ spouses and partners.

Annual population survey: UK armed forces veterans residing in Great Britain 

This is an annual publication providing estimates on the size and socio-demographic characteristics of the UK veteran population living in households in England, Scotland and Wales.

Capitalising on military talent: Everything you need to know about employing veterans

Employers that haven't considered hiring veterans are missing a trick. This toolkit is designed to help businesses strengthen their workforce by tapping into the ex-military talent pool.

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Ex-military personnel offer a wealth of transferable skills, including leadership, teamwork, problem solving and a strong work ethic that bring significant value to the civilian workforce. Yet many businesses are missing out on this top talent due to a lack of knowledge about the military or negative misconceptions.

Business in the Community’s new toolkit, written in partnership with military recruitment specialists, Salute My Job, is designed to help your businesses strengthen its workforce by offering veterans fulfilling second careers. It has been developed with input from leading employers, such as BT, Fujitsu, Standard Life and the NHS, to help you build a pipeline of talented veterans into your business.

Further information is also available in the BITC website

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