January 2019 Issue 1
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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.

Get help with reading, writing and using numbers

If you have difficulty with reading, writing and numbers, support is available through the Big Plus.

The free service, supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), puts individuals in touch with a local tutor, with a range of courses available – which can really boost your employment prospects when it comes to transitioning to Civvy Street.

Classes take place in a range of different places across Scotland, like libraries, community centres and colleges.

You can call the helpline on 0800 917 8000 for more information, or follow this link.

Find out more about support for the Armed Forces community from SDS at

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 .

Scottish Veterans' Garden City Housing Association (Incorporated)

SVGCA is committed to providing good      quality, low-cost housing with rent typical set at 80% of the equivalent Local Authority level.  But we do so much more than housing. Through our outstanding staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to support those in need, we will increase our support to the SVGCA Community.
We will provide the very best support to our People, in our Homes and work with Partners to provide a better experience for those who have served in our Armed Forces.

A Copy of the latest SVGCA leaflet is available here

Consultation on Scottish Charity Law


This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR.

Full article can be found here

Read the consultation paper here.

Pain Association Scotland is a national charity that delivers professionally led pain management in the community.

Their service is specifically designed to target those in the community who are affected by Long Term (Chronic Painful) Conditions. We continue to address the non-medical issues which impact on people’s lives. The service is open to anyone regardless of diagnosis, at any time and provides a high quality staff led community based service for people burdened with all forms of chronic pain.

Further details on their services can be found on the website

Prepare for EU Exit

The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019.

Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens.

Use the information below to find out how to prepare and the steps you may need to take.

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:

Current Vacancies

Poppyscotland is at the forefront of delivery of support to our Armed Forces community across Scotland. They reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis.  Full details of current vacancies at Poppyscotland are available on their website 

Veterans' war memories given life in 'virtual' tour

The memories and voices of war veterans have been brought to life using virtual reality technology.

Poppyscotland has teamed up with games developers at Abertay University on the unusual Remembrance project.

Headsets take users on a simulated tour of the Lady Haig poppy factory in Edinburgh where objects trigger a series of personal stories.

Seven veterans provided the soundtrack, sharing their reasons for signing up, stories of battle and friendship.

Called Their Memory, the innovative project aims to share poignant, humorous and harrowing accounts with new audiences.

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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.


Poppyscotland Needs Your Bear Necessities!

Leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland is putting together an exhibition that will be on display as part of an exciting new project next year – and is on the lookout for stuffed toys, including a special teddy bear, that were produced at the historic Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, in Edinburgh, back in the 1930s.

December Issue Of Pathfinder Magazine Now Available Online

The December issue of Pathfinder International has arrived.
What can you expect inside this issue?
  • Cover star and Channel 4’s Hunted team member, Jordan Wylie talks about his maritime security story
  • Maritime also features with news and career advice
  • A former SAS member talks about the change from special ops to retail ops
  • We reflect on the Armistice commemorations in November
  • We round off our advice on renting houses on leaving the military
  • Cyber recruitment consultant, Sam Rosenthal tells us how to sell ourselves in the cyber industry
  • A plethora of recruitment and training opportunities
  • The return of Jingle Comms – festive messages of supports to our troops and veterans
Read the December issue for free here:

Veterans’ Gateway Directory now live

The Veterans’ Gateway self-help directory is now live. The directory details the full range of support for Veterans across the UK, and the interactive map allows users to pick the most relevant services they need in the most convenient location.

Click here to access the directory.

If Members find that any of their details are not entirely correct, please contact the Gateway team directly to make any changes.

Get a copy of military service records


You can apply for either:

How long it takes

It can take several months for your application to be processed.

Your application will be prioritised if it’s urgent.

Other ways to find service records

You can also search:

Estimate your armed forces pension

You may be eligible for an armed forces pension if you’re a current or former member of the armed forces.

If you’re currently serving in the armed forces

Use the calculator to work out how much armed forces pension you may get.

You can also download and fill in a pension forecast request (form 12).

If you’ve left the armed forces

Download and fill in a preserved pension forecast form (form 14) to get an estimate of your pension.

£10M Fund to improve veteran’s mental health and wellbeing

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a consultation asking veterans to help shape a £10M Fund to improve veteran’s mental health and wellbeing.

The Positive Pathways Programme will have a budget of £9M to fund projects that will develop and run activities which are supportive to ex- forces mental health and wellbeing.

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust said,
“We are delighted to be running a consultation into how this programme can best support veterans to boost their mental wellbeing, and improve their mental health by offering a range of activities.  Help us to shape this programme, and tell us what sort of activities and support this programme should offer.”

The consultation will run until the 15 March 2019, and the Positive Pathways Programme will open in May 2019.

The Veteran’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has two programmes

  1. The £9M Positive Pathways Programme: Funding new experiences for Ex Service Personnel
  2. A £1M Strategic Pathways Programme which will be delivered through a two stage application process. Guidance for the Expression of Interest stage will be launched on 14th December 2018.
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New Haig House
Logie Green Road
Edinburgh, EH7 4HR

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Registered as a charity in Scotland, SC 033880.

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