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12 March 2021 (Edition - Issue 10)

Employment & Resettlement
 
 
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HOW TO PICK A CAREER AFTER THE MILITARY

With so many different options available, knowing which industry to choose and where your skills will be valued can often feel like an up-hill battle. We break it down into five manageable steps to help you find where you belong on Civvy Street.
 
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Military to Civvy Street: The Ultimate Guide To A Successful Career Transition

Your mission to find the right job in the right organisation when you leave the Armed Forces will need to be as targeted and well planned as any military operation. Employers are always searching for quality talent and many are specifically interested in recruiting ex-military people, especially for their ‘soft’ skills. 

However their requirements are increasingly precise, so you and your skills must match their needs; you will also need to provide evidence of your acquired military knowledge, skills and experience that fits the requirements of individual job descriptions.

DOWNLOAD NOW: THE COMPLETE MILITARY TRANSITION STARTER PACK

The March 2021 Issue Of Pathfinder International Magazine Is Out Now!
 
The March 2021 issue of Pathfinder International is out now and available to read for free below.
What’s inside this month?
  • We take an in depth look at mental health with our Buddy Buddy Check magazine supplement in association with Angel Call Handling highlighting mental wellbeing in lockdown…one year on
  • Top Jobs for 2021 – The Drone Pilot
  • The affects of COVID on the travel industry
  • Fundraising for the Falklands
  • Plus much more including an array of training and employment opportunities
 
 

Education & Employment

Focus On: Armed Forces Charities Education & Employment Provision


In this report, DSC explore the relatively small number of charities providing education and employment support for the armed forces community. Armed forces charities supported at least 22,302 individuals into employment and helped over 3,300 individuals gain qualifications in the past year. 

Download the report and the supporting materials via the links below. 

Funding & Financial Support

Force for Change programme reopens for three further rounds

We’re delighted to announce three further rounds of the Force for Change programme, for projects that reduce social isolation and promote integration of Forces communities.

In light of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve made some changes to the fund criteria.

This year, we’ll support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities; or make small grants to support services, projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities but are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.

What’s available?

One-year grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects meeting at least one of our two priorities for 2021/22, which are:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing

This allows us to support even more organisations with their Forces community focused projects after what has been a challenging year.

We encourage organisations to read the programme guidance for all eligibility criteria. Your project idea doesn’t have to be new and you can apply for continuation or extensions of existing work where this provides a clear benefit to people from Armed Forces communities.

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up 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: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk.

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 21 May

  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Funding programmes opening in April 2021

We are pleased to announce new funding programmes for the 2021/22 financial year.

These programmes are designed to support veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel, to recover from some of the wider impacts of the Covid pandemic.

Sustaining Support for Armed Forces communities

The £6 million Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities programme will open in April.

This programme will provide funding for existing charitable projects that give help to Armed Forces communities, but which need short term support to continue, as a result of the impact of Covid on charitable income.

Armed Forces charities, and charities that have an existing track record of providing support for Armed Forces communities, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for up to one year. Organisations applying for a grant will need to show us they provide support to people from Armed Forces communities, and that it would have a negative effect, particularly on veterans and Armed Forces families, if this work could not be continued. Support for core costs will be available for Armed Forces charities.

 



Additional information can be found on the website below:
New funding programmes opening in April 2021 : The Armed Forces Covenant Trust (covenantfund.org.uk)

Social Security Scotland




Looking for information on our benefits that you can share with your clients? Visit http://socialsecurity.gov.scot to get resources like factsheets and social media posts. Clients can also be signposted to http://mygov.scot/benefits
Health

Veterans’ health question included in the government’s “Women’s Health Strategy Call to Evidence”

A question about Veterans’ health has been included in the government’s “Women’s Health Strategy Call to Evidence” that was launched on Monday 8 March.

The aim of this call for evidence is to inform the priorities, content and actions within the Women’s Health Strategy. The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence as an individual is by completing the public survey. This will help us better understand women’s experiences of health, and the health and care system.

Please see the image below to see the inclusion of “Veterans’ health”:

Written submissions from individuals and organisations who have an interest and expertise in women’s health are also welcomed. Written submission can include the contribution of data, research and other reports of relevance, and must be limited to 10 pages. Read further guidance on written submissions.

Click here to take part.

Housing

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.  
 

Helping disabled people, older people and members of the armed forces community to find the right home in the right place

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If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or still serving, finding a suitable home on civvy street can be one of the hardest things you will do, especially if you are an older person or have a disability.
                                      

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.

A link to the current Guides is available HERE
 

Erskine Accommodation



Erskine have a range of accommodation options available to Veterans from five Assisted Living flats and 44 cottages to four care home facilities. New to the portfolio is the Erskine Transitional Supported Accommodation (David Boyle Court), which supports Service leavers and Veterans whose life or transition plans had been disrupted.

We are offering accommodation in the David Boyle Court and wraparound support, so that Veterans have a mutual support base in which to reflect, reorientate and retrain before relocating to the region and employment of their choice – giving back to their community in the way we know they can.

This supported accommodation aims to provide a transition into long term housing and employment for service-leavers transferring from the military to civvy street, Veterans who have encountered difficulties shortly after leaving the military and Veterans who may be going through another transitional period of their post service life.

For transitioning Veterans living in the David Boyle Court, who need help to begin the next chapter of their lives, Erskine offers social, recreation and training facilities at the Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre (ERMAC).  They will also be offered a bespoke personal employability package tailored to suit their needs to help them move onto full-time employment and long-term suitable accommodation.

David Boyle Court is within a Veterans Village setting supporting Veterans of all ages.

Find out more here

 

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.org)

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.



 

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


Ann updated copy of the information booklet as at 04 February 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

WWTW MEDALS Online  

Its Competition Time   #Lapandsnap


Lap and Snap Veteran Photography Competition Starts 22/3/21.

Its competition time for the veteran community with Walking With The Wounded MEDALS Online Project (Mindfulness Education, Developing Active Lifestyles via Sports). As you maybe aware MEDALS uses Sport, Mindfulness, Art, Music and Culture as a tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the veterans we support.

This being the case we wanted to develop a COVID Safe initiative that would encompass Sport and Fitness, Art, Wellbeing and even possibly Music and this is where the idea of Lap and Snap was born.

With this in mind we are delighted to announce a wildlife/landscapes photography competition that you can take part in during your COVID Lockdown exercise regime. Getting regular or daily exercise outdoors is really important for your physical and mental wellbeing as is being surrounded by nature, nice scenery and keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  To support this, WWTW wanted to create an exciting new challenge that would allow you to combine exercise, photography, scenery and nature and if you wish Music by playing your favourite relaxing music on your IPod in essence powerfully engage the senses with positivity to improve mental health and wellbeing.

So, what is involved?

So if your daily exercise entails, a jog in your local park, a walk through a wooded area , or a stroll by the Sea or if you like meandering through the urban  jungle we come face to face with a host of wildlife and landscapes that captures our imagination and attention. 
Our challenge is simple when you are out exercising as part of your usual daily exercise keep your eyes at the ready.  When you see an opportunity for a wildlife/landscape photograph take a snap with your mobile phone or camera and when you get the photo that you think is best send it to me at my email address with the subject being #Lapandsnap Photography Completion.

So what do you win?

Neewer G1 Ultra HD 4K Action Camera Kit Includes 12MP, 98 ft Underwater Waterproof Camera 170 Degree Wide Angle WiFi Sports Cam High-tech Sensor with 50-In-1 Action Camera Accessory Kit (or camera and kit of similar standard.) plus some WWTW Goodies and Merchandise.
Eligibility & Rules for the Competition
  • Be 18 Years of age or older.
  • Must allow their photographs to be used in WWTW marketing and displayed on our Facebook MEDALS Group Page and social media channels.
  • Must adhere to government laws with regards to COVID19
  • One picture per household so choose wisely and email to william.cairns@wwtw.org.uk in the subject name #Lapandsnap Photography Competition.
  • The competition will run from 22/3/21 to 7/5/21 and will be judged by DJ Mark McKenzie of British Forces Broadcasting Services BFBS Radio and the winner announced through our MEDALS FacebookGroup Page.
 
 
Any queries please contact William Cairns (WWTW) at william.cairns@wwtw.org.uk

Forces of Nature provides support to military veterans and their families though a range of activities.
Our family-friendly activities run alongside our established gardening project. Forces of Nature encourages inter-generational pursuits that will develop a knowledge of horticulture, conservation and other outdoor activities.
The practical lessons, support and competitions will take place via webinars as well as face-to-face.
The service offers bespoke support which allows everyone to participate. Activities are adapted to suit individual needs with the aim of improving physical and mental wellbeing.

If you have an interest in outdoor activities and would like to join your veterans family or just find out more about the service, please contact us at: InfoForcesOfNature@sacro.org.uk

VE Day Victory 76 Challenge

VE (Victory in Europe) Day in May 1945 – signified an end to six long years of devastating warfare, which took the lives of millions and injured 75 million people globally. Jubilant masses came together worldwide in celebration on this monumental day with revelries breaking out across the world at the news of Germany’s unconditional surrender of its Armed Forces. In towns and cities across the world, the relief of victory was celebrated with street parties, dancing and singing.

In honour of this significant day Blesma is delighted to launch the ‘VE Day Victory 76 Challenge’ – a unique event with an aim to raise funds for Blesma’s limbless veterans, some of whom bravely fought in WW2 and are still supported by Blesma to this very day.

2021 RAF Benevolent Fund Awards

Do you know a team or an individual that went the extra mile in 2020 to help the RAF Benevolent Fund support the RAF Family?

Or maybe you know a tireless fundraiser or an inspiring Airplay Youth Worker on your RAF station?

Then please let us know about their support by nominating them for an award. Nominations are now open for the six categories below until 9 April 2021.

Find out more here.



On Course Foundation continues to support the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans through confidence building golf events and opportunities for employment in the golf industry.
 
As part of a three year expansion we are planning to significantly increase our programme throughout Scotland. As well as our current events in West Lothian, we are looking to deliver our programme to veterans in Ayrshire, the West of Scotland, Central Scotland, Fife and the North East.
 
You can read about our planned activities in the PDF below and if you are a wounded, injured or sick veteran or an organisation that is interested in finding out more about what we do, please reach out via the contact details below:
 
 
E: will.barker@oncoursefoundation.com  P: 07856002176

OSCR - Updated guidance for charities campaigning on political issues


 

Elections to the Scottish Parliament will be held on the 6 May 2021.

We are already in the Regulated Period when spending on political campaigns and activities is regulated by the Electoral Commission. The Electoral Commission rules on campaigning have been modified slightly since OSCR’s 2018 guidance, so we have updated our guidance to reflect this. For example, all election material now requires an ‘imprint’ where previously it was only physical election material.

Under Scottish charity law, your charity can campaign if:

  • it is advancing your charitable purposes
  • your governing document does not prevent the activity
  • you are not advancing a political party and,
  • you can show you are acting in the charity’s best interests.

When considering whether you are acting in a charity’s best interests, this should include the reputational implications of your actions.

While there are restrictions on what campaigning activities a charity can undertake, it is important to note that political campaigning in principle is not forbidden. In fact, political campaigning on particular issues can be an important way for charities to achieve their charitable purposes.

If you do intend to campaign on political issues at any time please read our guidance below so you are aware of the rules.

Read ‘Charities and campaigning on political issues: FAQs’ here.


Spring Forward with Stress Down Day

Let’s face it, we’re ‘Zoomed out’, sick of lockdown and tired of staring at the same four walls. We may be able to get out for a walk but even the local park is getting boring, just ask your dog! Stress Down Day is not a solution to the difficult situation we’re all struggling through, but it might just provide some light relief and a fresh perspective whilst supporting two vital causes – our Emergency Services and your mental health.

Stress Down Day promotes emotional wellbeing and puts emphasis on the power small actions, such as stretching, can have in reducing stress and mental health issues. It was created by veteran’s charity, FirstLight Trust, for the emergency services; To provide funding for vital support and most importantly to prevent stress and burnout through small manageable actions. The pandemic has been relentless, and our emergency services have been at the forefront throughout. They need some relief and Stress Down Day is just the ticket!

Founder of Stress Down Day and FirstLight Trust, Dorinda Wolfe Murray says,

“Let’s be honest it’s been tough, and it is tougher on some more than others. We could all do with something to lighten our day and our load. Stress Down Day is designed to do that – take time out to do something small; something that gives you pleasure, makes your heart smile. It is so often the little things that make the difference.”

A variety of resources, polls, competitions and fantastic virtual activities including yoga, live music and baking to help with fundraising and can be found on the Stress Down Day website https://stressdownday.uk/

“Reading, writing, laughing, music, catching a smile – and if it helps raise funds for those that need it most, then that is a ‘win win’ in so many ways,” says Dorinda. “Join us in taking some down time whilst raising funds for those in the Emergency Services who find themselves on hard times.”

We will soon hug friends and family again, go out to restaurants and come together for special occasions. This is in the near future, but until then let’s come together virtually to support the very people who have made it possible. FirstLight Trust’s Stress Down Day is an engaging campaign promoting positive mental health through simple and effective actions, with proceeds going to support veterans of the Emergency Services.

Visit the Stress Down Day website now to explore the ways you can get involved. You can also show support by visiting the web shop and buying amazing merchandise; use the #StressDownDayUK as well as tagging Stress Down Day and FirstLight Trust when uploading photos of you with your merchandise!

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Disclosure Scotland has launched a new digital channel to apply for PVG level disclosures. Taking a digital first approach, the new online PVG service will become the main application process for most PVG applications.

More info: https://oscr.org.uk/news/new-online-pvg-service/…
 

Veterans' Gateway

As you may be aware the Veterans Gateway launch their VG App which looks to support service users across the whole of the United Kingdom.  If you are a member of an organisation that is not currently listed and wish to be included, you should follow the links below.

Our combined and continued delivery of services under current COVID-19 restrictions has placed a greater reliance on digital and telephone services to ensure that we continue to support the Armed Forces Community (AFC) across Scotland.  As you may be aware Poppyscotland is one of the 4 consortium partners (along with SSAFA, Combat Stress and RBL) who deliver the Veterans’ Gateway service that has been in existence since April 2017.  We are now in the process of working closely with Patzi Cacchio, the VG Co-ordinator and Dr Matt Kiernan and his team at Northumbria University to broaden awareness of your services and locations and for the Armed Forces Community to access them via the Mobile App that can be downloaded from the Play Store or Apple Store via this link: 

Google Play Store Listing: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rview_mobile&hl=en_US
 
Apple Store Listing: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/Veterans-Gateway-Directory-UK/id1488014248  
 
The App is proving to be invaluable and since its launch in May 2020 the directory has expanded to include approximately 17,000 markers to date across the UK, each representing a service available to veterans or service families.  The Consortium remain encouraged by these initial findings, but we think collectively it is possible to increase the breadth and depth of listings in Scotland with your help.   There are 2 areas that we would ask you to consider.
The first is to consider being listed on the App, which is a straightforward process, for ease we have attached the Local Support Directory User Guide.

To ensure your service can be listed please complete the attached VFDS template (spreadsheet) and then submitting it to be check for completeness before the details are submitted to Northumbria University to upload to the system.


Secondly if you are listed already may I encourage you to go to  https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/local-support/ to ensure that your listing is correct, as your services, focus or contact details may have changed . Again, please use the attached directory template (VFDS) for submitting any amendments and in both cases forward to Danny Renowden d.renowden@poppyscotland.org.uk

 VFDS template (spreadsheet)

Can we also take this opportunity to mention that you may also wish to be listed as a Referral Partner or Information Organisation on Veterans’ Gateway, details of these are at https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/become-veterans-gateway-supporter/

Working closely with our partners and particularly Veterans’ Scotland the intention is to increase access to your services through these additional channels.  Once listed more veterans and their families will have greater visibility of the services you provide and all from the convenience of their mobile device or tablet; at a time when we know the need is increasing, along with the complexity of support need and for many this could be their first foray in to gaining information, advice, and support

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