21 May 2021 (Edition - Issue 20)

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36 Days to go
ARMED FORCES DAY - Saturday 26 June 2021



Only 36 days to go until this years Armed Forces Day.


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.


Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2021, it will take place on Saturday 26 June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Find out more about events and how to take part on the Armed Forces Day website here

Employment, Training & Transition Support

Informing Scotland Project Officer           





Veterans Scotland is seeking a Project Officer to deliver our ‘Informing Scotland’ project. Veterans Scotland’s mission is:

‘Veterans Scotland will represent and support the interests of its member organisations, and promote mutually beneficial collaboration, in order to enhance the well-being of the AFVC across Scotland.’

The Veterans Scotland Informing Scotland Project is a 3 year project, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust. It seeks to inform and educate: staff, policy makers and leaders in statutory and non-statutory organisations across Scotland about their obligations to the Armed Forces Covenant and how they may adapt their policies and working practices to ensure that these obligations are met. The post holder will enable a better understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant across Scotland; this is becoming increasingly important as elements of the Covenant become enshrined in law.

Target audiences include, but are not restricted to: Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, Statutory Organisations and Employers, as well as providers of Education, Housing, Health, and the ex-Service and other Third Sector organisations.

A world of opportunity exists for ex-Servicemen and women when they leave the Armed Forces. SaluteMyJob is a business with a social purpose that works to connect members of the Armed Forces community with the opportunities available to them.
Helping jobseekers at any stage of their military transition or career journey to plan and prepare for their next job, SaluteMyJob provides free employment-related resources, advice and training to veterans, reservists and their families. SaluteMyJob’s free online training platform, which is exclusive to the Armed Forces community, enables them to adapt or develop the skills they need to improve their competitiveness and to secure successful employment.
Alongside its career support, SaluteMyJob works with supportive employers around the UK to provide the Armed Forces community with access to relevant jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and more. These organisations and their opportunities feature in SaluteMyJob’s unique directory of Forces-friendly employers.
Register with SaluteMyJob to find out more.
Funding & Financial Support

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: If you have any queries, please contact

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

  • 27 August

  • 12 November


Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities
This programme will award grants of up to £100,000 for existing charitable projects to help charities to sustain activities and services that people from Armed Forces communities use and value. Deadline (round 1) 4 June 2021
Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities programme

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust - Force for Change programme
This programme will award grants of up to £10,000 for community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-Covid recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.
Deadline: 2 August 2021
Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change programme
SCVO / Scottish Government - The Digital Participation Charter Fund
The Digital Participation Charter fund has awards of up to £10,000 available for organisations to enable them to embed passing on essential digital skills to the people they work with and support.  Go to digital-participation/charter-fund

Alpkit Foundation – Grassroots Support
Projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those effected by the Covid19 virus crisis particularly the elderly or vulnerable people to reduce the impact of self-isolation for those in quarantine and need access to food, medicines, or social care. Details here

The Robertson Trust - Various grants
Grants ranging from £2,000 for constituted community groups and small charities with an annual income of under £25,000, to grants of up to £2 million.
For more information, please visit the website:

Foundation Scotland - Community Awards
Grants of up to £2,000 for smaller community organisations, criteria including supporting older people.

John Lewis Partnership - Community Support Fund
Waitrose has put aside £1 million to be used as direct aid for the communities near their stores. Your local store will have these funds and will support their local area based on community need. Contact your local store.

Digital Scotland - Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme
Vouchers to ensure that every address in Scotland has the ability to access a superfast broadband connection by the end of 2021.

Foyle Foundation - Small grants scheme
One-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.  The priority is support for local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.
No deadlines     

National Lottery - Awards for All
Grants of £300-£10,000 for voluntary or community organisations, constituted groups or clubs that will support people at high risk, will see an increased demand in this period, or that have high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19:

National Lottery - Community Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund is now focussed on responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards process will also be faster, recognising the need to respond quickly to people who are in real need.

National Lottery - Grants for Improving Lives
For voluntary or community organisations that will support people at high risk, will see an increased demand in this period, or that have high potential to support communities with the impact of COVID-19.

National Lottery - Grants for Community-led activity
Grants up to £10,001- £150,000 for voluntary or community organisations, constituted groups or clubs, to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes: • Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community-led activity. • People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their well-being.

Scottish Government - Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme
Adapt and Thrive programme aims to support organisational change. It offers tailored support and funding to develop a plan for third sector organisations to operate sustainably post-COVID.
Deadline:  21 June 2021

Welcome to the Money Map

Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Map will help you find sources of online support to: 

  • Increase your income 
  • Reduce your bills 
  • Ease the costs of daily living

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

An updated copy of the information booklet as at 25 March 2021 is available via the link below:

Veterans' Gateway

As you may be aware the Veterans Gateway have 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.

The 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:
Apple Store Listing:  
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 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

 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

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.

News and Other Updates

Forces in Mind Trust – 2020 Impact Report

I am delighted to share with you our 2020 Impact Report which highlights some of our key achievements from last year.
Our goal is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families to make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life. During 2020, FiMT funded 31 projects and awarded £4.2 million, more than any previous year, to help us achieve this goal. In 2020, these projects included:
  • The first research into moral injury in the UK Armed Forces with King’s College London, which had implications for front-line workers in the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as for the military community.
  • An evaluation of TimeBank’s Shoulder 2 Shoulder online mentoring pilot for veterans in Scotland which found that 80% of participants reported an improvement in their emotional wellbeing.
  • A DSC survey on the impact of Covid-19 on Armed Forces charities, which found that 72% of respondents reported a decrease in monthly income, and enabled Cobseo to put forward a successful bid for government funding for the sector.
  • Interim funding to enable more than 100 ex-Service personnel to complete the BuildForce programme, which supports veterans to gain employment in the construction industry, after it had key funding suspended due to the pandemic.
The 2020 Impact Report also outlines the steps FiMT took to support the sector through the pandemic. We made over 30 time or financial adjustments to ongoing projects due to the impact of Covid-19.
As my time at FiMT draws to a close and I prepare to hand over to Mike Ellicock in June, I am proud to present this report as a catalogue of just some of the remarkable achievements of my team in 2020. During this difficult year, we funded more projects, published more research and reached more people than ever before. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank FiMT’s many partners, collaborators and friends, whose support has been essential in helping us reach this point.
I hope that you find the report both interesting and informative. I would be very grateful if you would arrange to promote it through your own, and your organization’s, social media and other channels.  
Thank you for your interest,


Veteran Dan McNeil, 25, is walking the full UK coastline in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

The walk is predicted to entail 11,000+ miles over 553 days at a pace of approximately 20 miles per day. Dan started from his hometown Dalbeattie in Scotland and has already made it to the War Memorial on Ardrossan South Beach where he was met by veterans and Armed Forces charities including SSAFA.

David Black, Fundraising Development Manager, Scotland said: “It was fantastic to meet Dan and thank him for taking on this mammoth challenge to fundraise for SSAFA.

The Branch president of the RBLS Saltcoats, Ardrossan and Stevenston Paul Coffey, and I joined him for a bit of the walk from the monument to the ferry terminal and we mostly talked about Football!

SSAFA have managed to obtain a Jet Boil to help him make hot food and drinks to fuel him on the way. It was very cold and Dan went out of his way to thank everyone for meeting him.” 

Dan joined the Army when he was sixteen and served in 19 Regiment Royal Artillery. Since returning to civilian life, it has been tough for him dealing with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Dan reached out to SSAFA and they supported him and helped financially.

Dan McNeil said: “I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done.

Lockdown has really challenged my mental health especially not having a job and a decent routine. One day it came to me to start a walk around the coastline of Britain to help those who are struggling with civilian life. I’ve sold everything I own; all my materialistic things and I hope to have some amazing experiences ahead.”

SSAFA provide practical, financial, and emotional support for service personnel, veterans, and their families:

If you would like to support Dan with his fundraising efforts for SSAFA, you can do so here:

You can also follow his story via Tik Tok here:


RNRMC Monthly Newsletter

May 2021
We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and well.
We have had a busy month at the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and we want to keep you in the loop on all our latest news about how you are helping to make sure every sailor, marine and their families are supported and valued for life.
As the country emerges from national lockdown restrictions, we enter an exciting period for the Royal Navy. We were delighted to host Cdre Steve Moorhouse at CTN studios last month ahead of the deployment of the largest concentration of maritime and air power to ever leave the UK. Led by Cdre Moorhouse, the strike group will sail to India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore. We are sure you will join us in wishing fair winds to everyone on board HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Defender, HMS Diamond and HMS Kent.
Last month we wrote to you about the launch of our partnership with the Kings Active Foundation providing leading sports and activity camps for Naval families. We are delighted to say there has been a huge demand for places this year and, thanks to your support, we expect to accommodate over 1,200 children from 950 families over the summer.
Thank you for your continued support, allowing us to reach out and give life changing opportunities to serving personnel and their families.
Joe’s Story
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and, at the RNRMC, we recognise the importance of looking after the whole Royal Navy family.
During his ten year military career, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Winch witnessed the death of between 40 and 50 close friends during two consecutive tours of Afghanistan. As a result, he suffered from acute complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This had a devastating impact on Joe’s family, especially his wife, Amy.
But, with a grant from the RNRMC, Ripple Pond has been able to support Amy through Joe’s recovery by building a network of people living with a spouse or partner living with PTSD. They share experiences and meet up regularly to support one another.
Speaking about the experience Joe said “Without my family I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. Amy is the most important person in my recovery yet if it weren’t for the RNRMC, she wouldn’t have got anywhere as much support as me.
“As bad as this illness is, with determination and support, we can come through it as a family.”
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Spotlight on a supporter – Berni’s Captain Tom 100 Bake Sale
When Berni Ebbs heard that the RNRMC were taking part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge, she leapt at the chance to get involved. Berni had missed fundraising for the charity throughout the pandemic, so decided to bake and sell 100 slices of cake. With lots of yummy flavours to choose from, Berni’s family and friends soon snapped up all the cakes, raising £100 for the RNRMC – thank you Berni!
If, like Berni, you enjoy making cakes, you might like to take part in our upcoming Stand Easy coffee morning. 
Upcoming events: 
Stand Easy Coffee Morning
Being part of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines has many benefits, but military life can also increase feelings of loneliness and social isolation due to the unique strains of long periods away from loved ones. That’s why we think it’s important to talk, recognise the challenges faced and check in on one another. 
We are inviting you to host your own Stand Easy coffee morning, in true Navy tradition, to help us raise vital funds needed to support our sailors, marines, and their families.
More information about the event and registration details can be found here
Virtual Field Gun Challenge
Due to the pandemic, like last year, this year’s Field Gun competition isn’t able to go ahead as normal. To ensure vital support is available to our remarkable service men and women, and to keep the spirit of Field Gun alive, we have launched Virtual Field Gun 2021. 
Train like a Field Gunner and run, row, or ride 7,488 metres (the number of nautical miles from Portsmouth to Port Elizabeth where the challenge originated) every day for 18 days (the number of people in a Field Gun team).  
If weightlifting is more your thing, you could deadlift, bench press or squat 1,300kg (the weight of a field gun) every day for 18 days.
Or, get creative and come up with your own challenge based on the numbers 7,488 and 18. 
All the money you raise will help us ensure every sailor, marine and their families are valued and supported for life.   
Dean Rogers is celebrating 10 years at the RNRMC!
We would like to say a huge congratulations to Dean Rogers who celebrated ten years at the RNRMC last month!
A proud veteran of the Submarine Service, Dean is a key figure within the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and a key part of the Community Fundraising team with special responsibility for Payroll Giving.

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Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Support Line

Please call 023 9387 1568 to speak to a member of the RNRMC Support Line team for friendly, high-quality advice and assistance on a wide range of matters, including signposting you to the right organisation for the support you seek.

This service is operated from 0830 – 1630 Monday to Friday.
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Self Management for Chronic Pain and Wellbeing – A unique course for veterans

The Pain Association Scotland are launching a new 5 week intensive course in July specifically for Veterans with chronic pain. The course takes place over five two hour sessions and will be held on-line, details on the attached flyer. Many of our member organizations and others will know of veterans living with this life limiting and highly stressful condition that can alter mood and general wellbeing significantly unless it is well managed.
We encourage details of this course to be distributed to those you feel may benefit from the course.
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