08 October 2021 (Edition - Issue 36)

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC appointed new Chief of the Defence Staff

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Admiral Sir Tony Radakin KCB ADC to take over from General Sir Nicholas Carter GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen as the next Chief of the Defence Staff.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, said:

“I’m delighted to congratulate Admiral Sir Tony Radakin on his appointment as Chief of the Defence Staff, a post he will take up on November 30th. Admiral Tony brings an unparalleled wealth of experience to the role at a time of significant change for the Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence. We are modernising to address the challenges posed by an increasingly unstable world and I know he will lead the Armed Forces with distinction in his new post.

“Admiral Tony has been an outstanding First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff overseeing a period of transformation in the Royal Navy that has seen more ships deployed, for longer, all over the world. That includes the inaugural voyage of HMS Queen Elizabeth at the head of our new Carrier Strike Group which set sail in May.

“There is much to be done, at home and abroad, the threats against the UK and our allies are growing. Last year this Government made the biggest investment in Defence since the Cold War, and delivered a transformational vision for the future of the Armed Forces through the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper. I would like to thank General Sir Nick Carter for his leadership and counsel as Chief of the Defence Staff. I now look forward to working with Admiral Tony as we fulfil the ambitions we both share for the nation’s Armed Forces.”

Employment, Training & Transition Support

LAUNCHPAD - Assistant Manager (Administration & Budget)

Launchpad provides self-contained accommodation and other support for veterans in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Speke in Liverpool, to help them with transition from the Forces to civilian life.  There are two staff vacancies in Avondale House in Newcastle.  
The charity requires an Assistant Manager (Administration & Budget) to manage house finances and administration.  This includes advising residents on benefits, rent and arrears, as well as liaising with the Charity Secretary, the local benefits’ authorities and Launchpad fundraisers.
Launchpad also wants to fill a new post, that of Independent Living Co-ordinator, whose role is to support remotely or face-to-face through third parties if possible, those veterans who have left Launchpad and reside in different communities across UK.
Both posts are to be based in Newcastle.  Applicants must be experienced with people living with complex issues, exhibit initiative and be good members of the team.  Full details can be seen on the job descriptions on the website here

The deadline for applications is 15 Oct with interviews taking place in the week commencing 25 Oct. 
Applicants MUST send CVs AND a one page covering letter with their applications to:

National Careers Service

Skills assessment

Find out about careers that might be right for you by taking one of these assessments.

A skills assessment can be helpful at any stage of your career, like when you:

  • start your career
  • return to work
  • progress your career

Transferable skills are a set of skills that you’re good at. You can build them up over time, through work, volunteering, education and life. You can apply these skills to a range of jobs.

You may want to take an assessment to help you:

  • find out what interests and motivates you
  • identify your skills
  • find out what you can do with the skills you have
Find out more about these assements here

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language


You will have acquired a diverse and well-developed set of hard and soft skills from your service in the Armed Forces. From discipline and leadership to adaptability, excellent communication skills and the ability to get things done, you’ll possess many qualities that will be highly transferable to Civvy Street.

However, although you might have lots to offer, it can be difficult for employers to grasp the value of your military experiences and skills, and understand how they will apply to their business. So, it’s crucial that you take the time to ‘translate’ your skills, qualifications, military job titles and any military-specific terms into “civvy speak” so that employers can understand a bit more about you,what you have achieved and how you will add value. 



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Funding & Financial Support

Scottish Veterans Fund 2022/23 Launch

This year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is now open for bids from projects that improve the lives of former service personnel or their families. The funding pot for this year has been increased to £500,000 and individual projects can bid up to a limit of £50,000 per year. This year the fund is particularly looking to support bids which promote collaboration and partnership from amongst and out with the veterans charitable sector, as well as bids which include support to early service leavers.

Since the fund’s inception in 2008 more than 180 projects have been supported receiving more than £1.7 million.

Copies of the grant application form and application guidance document are available via the links below.  Please note these have been updated from previous years forms and guidance.

Grant application Form

Application Guidance Document

Contact details and information on support for bids can be found on the Veterans Scotland website and also within the application guidance document.

Support for Funding


We’re here to help

We have a diverse range of funding programmes waiting to benefit communities across Scotland. With donors representing a broad spectrum of aims and wishes, the funds available range in size, intent and purpose.

Exploring the funding programmes

Some of our funds are available on a Scotland-wide basis, and others are aimed at specific geographical areas or themes. You’ll find grant size and criteria information on each fund’s page, together with any unique criteria. Also, every fund lists a deadline for applications, and there may be more than one round of funding each year. When searching, be sure to note all the key dates in the fund listing, so you don’t miss out.

Applying is simple; most of our funds can be applied for online. The most important thing is that you read the criteria carefully and submit the correct documents before the deadline.

Supporting the Armed Forces Covenant through funding real change

Discover the Knowledge Network

Our new, open access data repository: the Knowledge Network features impact and outcome based content from both the programmes the Trust delivers and the projects we support. A new place to access learning and best practice from the grant making of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.


Grants from The Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to help veterans, qualified seafarers and dependants, who are in need.  The maximum grant is currently £30K, however, we also provide salary grants, which can amount to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations.  The application process for all grants is online here: If you have any queries, please contact

Deadlines for submission from now and through 2022 are as follows: 
  • 12 November
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug

Funding updates and news

Scottish Veterans Fund 2022/23 Launch
This year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is now open for bids from projects that improve the lives of former service personnel or their families. The funding pot for this year has been increased to £500,000 and individual projects can bid up to a limit of £50,000 per year. This year the fund is particularly looking to …Continue reading“Scottish Veterans Fund 2022/23 Launch”
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Postcode Dream Fund now open!
The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. They ask charitable organisations across the UK to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. Applications must come from a partnership of …Continue reading“Postcode Dream Fund now open!”
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Funding for short breaks for disabled children and young people and their carers
Shared Care Scotland’s Better Breaks programme has reopened for applications. The programme provides 12-month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for disabled children and young people (aged 20 and under), and their carers (adult and/or young carers). Short breaks projects and activities can include breaks away (including overnight stays and residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (including reg…
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New and recently opened funds

Impact Funding Partners - Winter Social Wellbeing Fund (Glasgow)
Organisation: Impact Funding Partners
Status: Open
Summary: Impact Funding Partners are managing the Winter Social Wellbeing Fund (Glasgow) on behalf of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP). GHSCP has made funding available to local organisations, to enable them to support adults who may be isolated over the winter period. The fund is available to organisations currently supporting the residents of Glasgow City. Priority will be given to organisations working with individuals most at risk of social isolation and loneliness as well as those most impacted by coronavirus. Eligible activities must take place between 1st December 2021 and 31st March 2022. The activities funded must be in addition to what you are already delivering, enabling you to reach and support more individuals at risk from social isolation over this period.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 5th November 2021
Find out more >
The Charity Governance Awards
Organisation: Clothworkers' Foundation
Status: Open
Summary: The awards are exclusively dedicated to charity governance. By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, they aim to demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more of the lives of its beneficiaries. There are five categories covering every kind of charitable organisation. The shortlist is announced in April, and shortlisted charities are invited to a complimentary and exclusive awards ceremony in May, where the winners are announced.
Date re-opened: 4th October 2021
Next deadline: 26th January 2022
Find out more >
Veterans Scotland - Scottish Veterans Fund
Organisation: Veterans Scotland
Status: Open
Summary: The fund, supported by the Scottish Government, backs projects that provide new or innovative approaches to improving the lives of Veterans. This year the fund is particularly looking to support bids which promote collaboration and partnership from amongst and out with the veterans charitable sector, as well as bids which include support to early service leavers. Projects must include the sustainable delivery of one or more of the following aims: - support access for veterans and their families to health and social care; housing; employment, skills and education; financial advice; or any other services provided by the public or third sector; as well as those going through the justice system. - support veterans and their families in their meaningful inclusion in civilian life, including those that promote positive health and wellbeing and those that aid social integration, with an emphasis on inclusion amongst civilian / non-military communities. - support successful transition to civilian life following service for the service person and their family. - raise awareness of veterans and their families amongst the general public, emphasising their positive contribution to society and local communities.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 12th November 2021
Find out more >
Shared Care Scotland - Short Breaks Fund: Better Breaks
Organisation: Shared Care Scotland
Status: Open
Summary: The programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for children and young people with disabilities (aged 20 and under), and their carers (adult and/or young carers). These can include breaks away, days out, and/or shorter, regular activities and sessions. The activities can be for the children and young people with disabilities, for their carers, or for families to enjoy together. Projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both children and young people with disabilities and their carers, by providing a break from their normal routine. These breaks should increase opportunities for children and young people to engage in activities they enjoy, give carers a break from their caring role, and improve wellbeing for all involved. Grants are for one year and will be awarded in March 2022.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 18th November 2021
Find out more >
Paths for All - Community Active Travel Grants
Organisation: Paths for All
Status: Open
Summary: Community Active Travel Grants provide communities throughout Scotland with the resources they need to develop, deliver, and promote their own community led active travel projects. To be eligible for this grant, your project must demonstrate how it will increase people’s knowledge about sustainable transport choices available to them. You can use the funding for: - promoting and signposting active travel routes - improving and developing routes that will make it easier to walk and cycle when making short everyday journeys - maintaining active travel routes and ensuring that they are accessible.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 7th November 2021
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The Alice MacCosh Trust
Organisation: Alice Mccosh Trust
Status: Open
Summary: The object of the Alice McCosh Trust is to advance education by providing or assisting with grants for work or study related to natural history and/or the environment. The grant could, for example, cover the cost of a school field trip or project, an expedition as part of a research project or the development of new teaching materials for schools or institutes of higher education.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 30th November 2021
Find out more >
Postcode Dream Fund
Organisation: Postcode Innovation Trust
Status: Open
Summary: The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. They ask charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. Applications must come from a partnership of at least two charitable organisations, one of which will be designated as the lead. Please note this is a highly competitive fund, and only 2-3 projects are funded each year. The focus of this year's Dream Fund will be projects that are looking to deliver systemic change in the following funding categories: - Environment/conservation - Social inequality - Pandemic recovery
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 1st November 2021
Find out more >
Ross and Liddell - Community Bursary Programme
Organisation: Ross And Liddell
Status: Open
Summary: Small grants are available to local community organisations in Scotland that make a vital difference to their local area. Previous grants have been awarded to youth drama groups, sports clubs, mental health charities, early years groups and many more. See funder website for examples of previous awards.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Find out more >
UnLtd Awards
Organisation: UnLtd Scotland
Status: Open
Summary: The programme provides specialist support for social entrepreneurs to help them grow as social leaders. They combine cash and coaching to help nurture ideas and grow impact. It doesn't matter what stage of development your social venture is at. It can be an idea on paper, or a social venture in practice already. They are committed to 50% of our awards going to Black, Asian and minority ethnic social entrepreneurs, and/or disabled social entrepreneurs across our funding programmes.
Date re-opened: 1st October 2021
Next deadline: 31st December 2021
Find out more >
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) - Heritage Grants
Organisation: Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council)
Status: Open
Summary: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar gives heritage grants to approved voluntary heritage organisations for heritage purposes.
Date re-opened: 30th September 2021
Next deadline: 31st October 2021
Find out more >


Support for veterans

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected.

Image of servicemen helping Afghans onto a plane. Text reads: Support for veterans.

This nation is justifiably proud of its Armed Forces, and the brave men and women who step up to serve their nation, often at great personal sacrifice. All those who served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years should be proud of their professionalism and what they helped achieve.

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected by the latest news.

Immediate support

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or

Veterans in Scotland can access veteran-led mental health and welfare support through Veterans First Point, part of NHS Scotland.UK-wide

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Check in on each other and if you or someone you know is struggling, get in touch with the services available now.

Veterans can also access general services through the NHS24 Mental Health Hub ☎️111 and the Breathing Space ☎️0800 83 85 87.

Are you a spouse / intimate partner or child (now 18+) of a military veteran living in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland? If so...

Contact our researchers to find out more:

By Email:
By Twitter: @Vet_Families

We want to understand, from your perspective, what supports have best helped your wellbeing after your family left the military.

Can you spare an hour to take part in a confidential telephone interview with a researcher?

We would love to hear from you! If you get involved, you can choose to be entered into a prize draw for a £50 Amazon gift card.


As part of an ongoing project, our volunteers at Housing Options Scotland are researching information about each of the different local authority areas in Scotland. This information is to support you as you move property, perhaps into a new area for the first time. Links to the different guides are found below and to the left. We hope they prove useful to you during your move.

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

The Veterans Assist Scotland Website has a wide range of information and advice available including the details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.

Veterans Assist Scotland (

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.



Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

The latest copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:

Local Authority Updates

Armed Forces Community

Information to help you settle into your new life in East Lothian if you are leaving the Armed Forces. Find out more here

News and Other Updates


In recognition of more than 12 years’ voluntary work with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity Auchterarder local Brian Pereira has been awarded the Sir James Gildea Global Award1.

After 24 years’ service in the Royal Navy, which he joined aged 16, and a further 26 with BAE Systems, Brian felt the need to give something back to the service community, and so began volunteering for SSAFA’s Perth & Kinross branch in 2009 as a caseworker. Within a year, he had taken on a second role as branch secretary, as well as more recently becoming the branch’s prison-in-reach coordinator. Overall, he has worked on more than 1,000 cases for SSAFA.

Married to Isabel, and with four children and nine grandchildren, Brian said: “This is a great honour and I’m delighted to receive the award and wish to thank SSAFA for giving me the opportunity to help our service community and to be able to work with some of the most wonderful colleagues anybody could wish for in this task.

Perth & Kinross branch chairman Andy Middlemiss added: “Brian has made an enormous contribution to the work of SSAFA in Perth and Kinross to support service personnel and their families, and his service is considered central to the branch receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018.

 He has devoted his life to his country through his service in the Royal Navy, and his vital work with BAE. He continues to do so through his work with SSAFA, and he is a very worthy recipient of the Sir James Gildea Global Award. We in the branch are also very fond of him as a superb human being, and are enormously proud that he was selected for this. He deserves it in bucket loads. BRAVO ZULU2, Brian!

To find out more about SSAFA, or to volunteer, visit

Prayer News & Update Veterans Chaplaincy Scotland October 2021

Welcome to the autumn edition of the Veterans Chaplaincy Scotland Prayer News and Update. Six months since we officially began operating as an initiative of WPCS, and VETERANS CHAPLAINCY SCOTLAND is going from strength to strength This has been a really encouraging few months. Overleaf there is a summary of some of what we have achieved so far. The team of chaplains – trained and potential – sits at 12, and we are working hard at developing a footprint across the nation so that we are able to respond quickly and effectively to opportunities and requests which come our way. Veterans Chaplaincy Scotland
 07521 63 88 48


If you are looking for information on veteran events and activities why not check out the calendar below:

Veterans charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) has appointed a digital support care co-ordinator – Ms Veronica Young.
Veronica (Vron) will provide remote support and care co-ordination to isolated and lonely veterans empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities.
Ms Young’s role will see her work closely with a range of Armed Forces, civilian third sector and statutory services.
WWTW supports those who have served in the British Armed Forces and their families. The charity specialises in developing pathways to independence as well as employment with organisations who recognise and value the unique skills and qualities of our ex-service personnel.
WWTW's digital and telephone support service aims to provide support and care co-ordination to isolated and lonely veterans via social prescription.
Prior to joining WWTW, Ms Young worked for the RAF Benevolent Fund as social engagement worker at RAF Lossiemouth, helping isolated excluded members of the RAF serving community and/or their families.  She has also held numerous voluntary roles including work with SSAFA the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association as in-service chairwoman, volunteer coordinator and caseworker, RAF Association branch secretary and telephone friendship facilitator for Age UK.
She said: “WWTW do an incredible job supporting vulnerable veterans and their families when they leave the Armed Forces. My new role presents the opportunity to work with veterans who may be feeling isolated, excluded, or just unsure where to turn to for help.  "I can act as an empowering, empathic, bridge that enables them to achieve a positive pathway from where they find themselves now to where they would like to be.”
Tommy Watson, WWTW director of operations north, said: “Veronica is a great addition to the team. She brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in the military and veteran sector for over 20 years and will help establish WWTW in Scotland and reach isolated veterans to help them achieve their very best possible outcomes.”
Veronica can be contacted at 07872842633


Scottish Charity Awards winners announced!

The winners of this year's Scottish Charity Awards were announced in a glittering online ceremony on Friday 1 October:
  • Campaign of the year - Stop It Now! Scotland - Get Help or Get Caught (A special commendation was given to Aberlour Children’s Charity - Aberlour Urgent Assistance Fund)
  • Volunteer of the year - Central and West Integration Network - Shawn Nicholas Fernandez (A special commendation was given to Bob MacKenzie from CACE (Cumbernauld Action on Care of the Elderly)
  • Pioneering project - Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs - Click and Deliver Naloxone
  • Employee of the year - Carers Trust Scotland - Nicola Bell A special commendation was given to Fiona Mitchell from Harlawhill Day Care Centre)
  • Community Action - Cumbernauld Resilience
  • Climate Conscious - Forth Valley Sensory Centre - Making Sense of Energy Saving
  • Trustee of the year - Linkes (SCIO) - Robert Smith (A special commendation was given to Julia Grindley from Edinburgh School Uniform Bank)
  • Digital citizens - People Know How (A special commendation was given to Space - The Louise Project)
  • Charity of the year AND People’s Choice Award - Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (ECHC) (A special commendation was given in the Charity of the Year category to Scran Academy SCIO)
Congratulations to all our of our winners, special commendations and finalists - and thank you to everyone who voted and made the event a success! If you missed the event & want to catch up, you can view the ceremony on our YouTube channel - or to find out more about this year's winners, read our press release. You can also catch up on all the Rise & Shine webinars with our finalists on YouTube.

Coronavirus info & funding

Now that Scotland has moved beyond Level 0, a gradual return to the office is underway for many organisations. Our Coronavirus Third Sector Info Hub has information and guidance about this process.

The First Minister announced a Covid Recovery Bill as part of the Government’s Programme for Government 2021 to 2022.  This Bill is currently being consulted on and voluntary sector organisations are encouraged to send in responses by the close date of 9 November 2021.

Work is underway to set up a public inquiry to investigate the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. Find out what it is and how it will work.

Free SCVO events this October

We have some great online events coming up this month: We're also offering various free info events on Microsoft products. Remember -  you can find recordings of all our recent events on our YouTube channel.​​​​​​

Policy & research

You can find our latest policy briefings, consultation responses and research findings on our website. 

The Scottish Government National Performance Framework (NPF) team is looking for feedback on the use of the NPF.  So they'd love you to tell them how you currently use the National Performance Framework (or don’t). And what could make it more useful. Their short survey will be open until 20 October.

Over the next few months, Evaluation Support Scotland will support a cohort of voluntary sector organisations to evaluate and learn about the impact of their partnerships with statutory organisations - in partnership with SCVO, COSLA and Scottish Government - and will use learning to influence positive partnership in the future. Find out more Working Together Better.

Are you a member of our Policy Network? Sign up on our website.

Third Force News September Edition

You can now view the September edition of Third Force News! This month's magazine looks at two significant deadlines that are coming closer – the end of the furlough scheme and a cut in Universal Credit - and how the voluntary sector will respond and how people will be affected. Don't forget, members and supporters of SCVO just have to set up a user account to access the full TFN archive, TFN app and exclusive content.

Free legal advice

Almost every aspect of running a voluntary sector organisation is covered by legislation. Some of this is covered in our legislation & regulation web pages, but if you need professional help, SCVO members can access up to two hours of free legal advice from one of our partners - Anderson Strathern, Brodies, Turcan Connell, Burness Paull, Gillespie MacAndrew & MacRoberts - find out more!

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