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The Veterans Scotland Newsletter

 

 9 November 2022 (Edition - Issue 42)                                                                                                  

National Service of Remembrance, Sunday 13 November

On Sunday 13 November, the National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.

Starting at 11am, the service will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women involved in the two world wars and later conflicts.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) co­ordinates the event, alongside colleagues from across government, the Armed Forces and veterans’ organisations.

Attending in person

No tickets or passes are needed for the event and the public are welcome to watch the ceremony from the pavements along Whitehall and Parliament Street. However, entry may be limited if the area becomes full. There will be video screens north of the Cenotaph, near the green directly in front of the statue of Field Marshal Montgomery, and in the lay-by outside Dover House (between Horse Guards and Downing Street) and close to the junction of Whitehall Place. There is also a screen south of the Cenotaph on the corner of King Charles Street. If you are thinking of attending the commemorations in London, please note the event schedule below:

Timings:

  • 08:00: Whitehall opens to the public. Space will be limited. Please allow time to clear the police security procedures.
  • 09:00: The Royal British Legion (RBL) detachments form up on Horse Guards Parade and on Whitehall.
  • From 10:30: All detachments form up on the Cenotaph.
  • From 10:50: Participants process out onto the Cenotaph.
  • 11:00: National two-minute silence marked by the firing of guns from King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade. Cenotaph Service commences.
  • 11:25: Cenotaph Service concludes and The Royal British Legion detachments disperse past the Cenotaph.

Security information:

  • There is an extensive policing security operation in place on the day. Please allow plenty of time for clearance through police security checks.
  • Please do not bring large bags. Those with multiple or complex openings or cases will delay yours and others entry into the public viewing areas.
  • Please note that the unauthorised use of any drones (including quadcopters/helicopters) in this area and the roads surrounding Whitehall is strictly prohibited at all times.

Remembrance Sunday – National Event 2022 

Join us as we mark Remembrance Sunday this year at the Stone of Remembrance, City Chambers, Edinburgh . Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the wider Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember our fallen at 1100 hours on Sunday 13th November 2022.

All Veterans taking part in the parade are requested to assemble on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade at 10.00am 

The Parade will step off from Edinburgh Castle Esplanade at 10.32am The Veterans Detachment will be led By the Royal Air Force Central Scotland Pipes and Drums, Service detachments from The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will follow shortly behind them led by The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland 

If you have any queries on this event please contact William Millar on 0131 550 1583 or email remembrance@legionscotland.org.uk

Start: 13th November, 2022 at 11:00am

Resources
 

Veterans Assist Scotland

Welcome to Veterans-Assist Scotland

We recognise that for many Veterans and their families, some aspects of life after leaving the Services can be challenging.  With numerous Veterans’ organisations in Scotland, we understand that it can be frustrating to find just the right person to help with a problem.  And we know that whether you have been “in” for 3 years or 30 years, or “out” for 6 weeks or 6 years, problems will arise that could use some help.

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.
 

 

Welcome to Scotland Guide 

An updated copy of the welcome to Scotland information booklet has been produced by Scottish Government and is available on the website.  This contains information on services which covers Housing, Education, Healthcare, Employment and Training along with additional other useful information that service families or those coming back to Scotland may find helpful. 

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


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

Samaritans Veterans app


Samaritans Veterans is a free app that can provide you with emotional support after your career in the Armed Forces

The Samaritans Veterans app can be accessed on a desktop, tablet or mobile device.

Register or sign in to Samaritans Veterans via your desktop

 
Sign in to Samaritans Veterans


Download Samaritans Veterans for mobile or tablet


Download from the App Store
Download from Google Play
EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION & SUPPORT

Scottish Careers Week, 7-11 November


Scottish Careers Week is back and packed full of events and information to help you find out about the career support available in Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland deliver Scotland’s career service in schools, in their centres nationwide, through their Helpline at 0800 917 8000, and online at myworldofwork.co.uk. Their help is for people of all ages and at all stages of their career.
 
Specialist support is available for armed forces leavers, veterans and their families.
Find out more at myworldofwork.co.uk/veteransmyworldofwork.co.uk/scottish-careers-week, #ScotCareersWeek22 and #CareerHacks22.

 
We had a fantastic turnout at our final Employers' Event of 2022 held in the City of Glasgow College.  There was representation from over 25 companies, and it was great to hear how buoyant the jobs market is and how many are actively recruiting veterans.  We are already planning our next Employers' Event for the 26th Jan 2023 in Edinburgh - watch this space!
 
 
Thurs 10th Nov (10am-12pm) Interview Techniques Workshop, New Haig House, Edinburgh Join us for a 2-hour Interview Techniques workshop in New Haig House.  We will cover: how to research and prepare for each stage of interview process, handy hints for virtual interviews, what to avoid doing, how to ace more common interview questions and what questions you should ask and why.  Followed by a bit of practice! Please sign up here or use the QR Code.
Thurs 24th Nov (2pm-4pm) CV Workshop, New Haig House, Edinburgh Please attend our workshop on how to master your CV including: how to highlight your transferable skills, best practice on layout, how to tailor it for a specific job and what not to do.  We will then run though a mock hiring board where you will take the role of a hiring manager and look at some CVs and see which ones you would pick to make it to interview.  Register here or use the QR Code.
 
Thurs 8th Dec (6:30pm-8:30pm) Christmas Networking Drinks, Edinburgh, venue tbc. Join us to bring in the Christmas cheer and celebrate another year of networking with us.  So come along to offer advice and share experiences over a Christmas eggnog or two.  Christmas Jumpers are welcome!!  Please register here.

Find your next job...

Chief Executive Officer, Rowan Alba Edinburgh, £70-£75,000.  Closes 20th Nov 22. Head of Strategy & Business Performance, Centrica  Windsor/Remote.  Competitive.  Closes 13th Nov 22. Operations Director UK, CHC Aberdeen  Aberdeen, Competitive.  Closes 13th Nov 22. To see our full list of jobs you will need to register with us.  If you have already registered you can access the Jobs List here.
 

Welfare Grants......

Grants include financial help, respite breaks, mobility support and signposting to other agencies 

Find out more

Bursary Awards......

Our Bursaries are designed to enable self-development, to achieve and progress in your desired new career.

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If you haven't yet checked out our ultimate guide to a successful career transition, download the full kit for free and please share it around → http://ow.ly/cZQs50KSU0K
 
 


 As you may well have seen, the job market is increasingly working in the favour of jobseekers from the Armed Forces community. The skills gaps facing employers are forcing them to take more risk in their hiring decisions (especially in terms of commercial experience) and to access lesser known or harder to access talent pools. We're working closely with a number of employers who are building specific programmes to help people into some of these roles, especially in digital/ cyber, where military security skills, training and experience are directly transferable. To this end, our free Cyber Jumpstart programme is proving very popular, not just to jobseekers but also to employers on the hunt for quality talent.

Here's a selection of our open roles. See our Opportunities Marketplace for more.

EVENTS & SUPPORT

Remembrance Sunday – National Event 2022 

 
 

Join us as we mark Remembrance Sunday this year at the Stone of Remembrance, City Chambers, Edinburgh . Wreaths will be laid by the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the wider Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember our fallen at 1100 hours on Sunday 13th November 2022.

All Veterans taking part in the parade are requested to assemble on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade at 10.00am 

The Parade will step off from Edinburgh Castle Esplanade at 10.32am The Veterans Detachment will be led By the Royal Air Force Central Scotland Pipes and Drums, Service detachments from The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will follow shortly behind them led by The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland 

If you have any queries on this event please contact William Millar on 0131 550 1583 or email remembrance@legionscotland.org.uk

 

Start: 13th November, 2022 at 11:00am



Legion Scotland Support


Legion Scotland are looking for volunteers to support the delivery of The City of Edinburgh’s annual Remembrance Parade and Service that takes place at the Stone of Remembrance, City Chambers, Edinburgh at 11.00am on Sunday 13 November 2022. if you are free to assist with this event you will need to arrive at the City Chambers for 09.00 am please email your availability to William Millar <W.Millar@legionscotland.org.uk>
 


Fighting With Pride 2023 Seminar Stirling Court Hotel


Fighting With Pride is delighted to be holding their launch event in Scotland and we would welcome you joining us for this long overdue occasion.
 
It will be a great opportunity for us to meet our lovely partners and allies, old and new, to build connections, and to raise awareness and inform people of the work we do to serve the whole military community in Scotland.
 
We will talk about the LGBT Veterans Independent Review, which is currently collecting evidence from everyone affected by the ban on LGBT+ personnel, particularly those who served prior to the ban being lifted in January 2000.
 
The Seminar will take place on Monday 23rd January 2023, from 10am to 2pm in the Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling, with coffee on arrival and a finger buffet lunch served.
 
We would appreciate if you can register your interest in the event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fighting-with-pride-2023-launch-in-scotland-tickets-440231172287 letting us know your organisations name and email details of those wishing to attend, this helps us plan for the event.
 
Guest speakers will be announced in due course but will include, ministers, local Armed Forces Champions and senior serving military officers, a selection of “ lived experience veterans” who we are currently supporting, and Anna Wright ( CEO AFCFT).
 
More information about Fighting With Pride can be found on our website: www.fightingwithpride.org.uk



The Commonweath War Graves Commision have a few upcoming Commonwealth War Graves tours in Glasgow during November 2022.  These tours were re-scheduled from September.

Below you will find links and details of the free CWGC tours.

Glasgow Eastern Necropolis –
When: Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of November
Eventbrite Page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cwgc-tour-glasgow-eastern-necropolis-tickets-375287203127
FUNDING & FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation 

 

Deadlines for Grant Funding Opportunities from the Veterans Foundation 

 
Last quarter the Veterans' Foundation awarded over £1.2M in grants and marked an important milestone as the Veterans’ Foundation has now awarded over £10M in grant funding since inception in 2016. 
 
The Veterans’ Foundation grants programme supports charities, community interest companies and other organisations conducting charitable activity to support those in need among serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families.  The grants fund a wide variety of projects including those that reduce homelessness, increase employment, provide welfare and medical support, increase confidence and social integration, as well as reduce dependence on alcohol and drugs.
 
Currently, there are two standard grants available:
  • Grants of any sum up to a maximum of £30K may be awarded. Trustees will also consider a bid spread over 1 to 3 years, i.e. £30K as £10K for each of the next two or three years. 
  • Grants of any sum up to a maximum of £40K for the exclusive use on salaries over a two-year period may be awarded i.e. £40K as £20K for each of the next two years. In some cases, the grant award may be limited to one year and qualified grantees may reapply at a later date for a second year of funding.
The Veterans’ Foundation typically allocates grants four times a year. The board may also accept non-routine applications in exceptional circumstances (e.g. for needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic).  The deadlines for submission through 2022 are as follows: 
 
  • 14 Nov for consideration in December 
 
  • Grant Application Submission Deadline 6 February for consideration in March 2023
  • Grant Application Submission Deadline 24 April​ for consideration in June 2023
  • Grant Application Submission Deadline 7 August for consideration in September 2023
  • Grant Application Submission Deadline 23 October for consideration in December 2023
 
To apply, visit the Veterans’ Foundation website:  
https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/ 
 
Detailed guidance is available via the tab "Apply for a grant" including which documents to provide.  Contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk with enquiries. 
 

Scottish Government


We’ve launched a new website to help with the cost of living crisis. The website has a range of information on support available for households facing rising energy, housing and other costs. Find information on support available at http://gov.scot/costoflivingsupport…
 
New website with information on cost of living support

United Kingdom government organization


The Government is providing support to help you with the cost of living. Find out what you are entitled to.
 

campaign.gov.uk
Get support with the cost of living

 
 

Armed forces pensions 

A world class pension scheme for your military service

When a member of the armed forces reaches their retirement age, they receive one of the most generous pensions available in the UK. This fairly reflects the unique sacrifice they have provided their country throughout their career.

All members of the armed forces are automatically enrolled into the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. Unlike all other public schemes, members pay 0% in contributions each month. The scheme is unfunded and paid from the public purse.

Further details on the Armed Forces Pension Schemes is available on the GOV.UK website and a link is included below for more information on each of the pension schemes and entitlements:

Armed forces pensions - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

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.

HEALTH

Suicide Awareness Training from Help for Heroes 

 

Help for Heroes have recently launched free 30-minute online suicide awareness training, developed with Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA).

The training is suitable for anyone in the Armed Forces community. Take the training hereSuicide Awareness Training | Help For Heroes

Help for Heroes and Zero Suicide Alliance - Rob's Story
 
 

SMART Veterans & First Responders Webinar 


Register Now.
Saturday 12th November 4pm EST 9pm GTM
Sunday 13th November 8am AEDT
 
Veterans & First Responders throughout the world are some of the bravest, strongest, and most honorable people. They also display their bravery through the commitment to their recovery. In honor of their dedication to changing their lives to be free from addiction, mental health disorders and maladaptive behaviors, SMART Recovery will be hosting the first annual, International SMART Veterans & First Responder’s Webinar.
 
This event will bring the SMART Veteran & First Responder communities, from across the globe, together in recognition, solidarity, and celebration of their commitment to change.
Please join us for this historic event and join Those Who Serve, to celebrate Life Beyond Addiction.
 

Register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom


About SMART Veterans Programme

The SMART Veterans Programme has used the four key points of SMART Recovery and adapted these to suit the needs for veterans with an addictive or compulsive behaviour.

Research documents that an alarming number of veterans returning from military deployment and combat suffer from addiction. The traumatic experiences encountered on the battlefield can overwhelm coping skills and cause mental health conditions. Many veterans will self-medicate with alcohol and substances or engage in risky behaviors that can compound problems.


 

Website: SMART Veterans Programme - UK SMART Recovery

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SMARTveteransuk/
 
United Kingdom
A secular science based addiction recovery training programme that helps anyone, with any addiction at any age. Using cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing techniques we help people lead balanced lives through discovering the power of choice. Life Beyond Addiction is our motto.

Trends in Scottish Veterans’ Health


This study from the university of Glasgow, compared the medical records of 78,000 veterans in Scotland with over 250,000 non-veterans, looking at trends in their long-term health over nearly 40 years.  The research, led by Dr Beverly Bergman, was a follow-on to the 2012-2015 Scottish Veterasn Health Study.
 

 

This study from the University of Glasgow, compared the medical records of 78,000 veterans in Scotland with over 250,000 non-veterans, looking at trends in their long-term health over nearly 40 years. The research, led by Dr Beverly Bergman, was a follow-on to the 2012-2015 Scottish Veterans’ Health Study.
 

Download report

 
HOUSING

Housing Information

Finding somewhere to live when we leave the Services is usually our highest priority.  Most of us find a home to buy or rent, but for some of us, disability or other problems can make the process difficult.  This section is aimed principally at such Veterans and provides access to organisations that aim to make a difficult process easier.

Veteran housing

When you leave the armed forces, the options for where you and your family can live include:

  • renting a property
  • buying a property
  • housing support
  • veteran housing charities
  • support if you are in danger of being or have been made homeless

Information about housing is available in the Scottish housing guide for people leaving the armed forces and ex-service personnel.

You can find general advice on leaving the armed forces in the GOV.UK Service Leavers Pack.

Haig Housing Trust (Scotland) 

Haig Housing Trust has over 1,500 properties located on small, well-managed estates across the UK. They have a mix of family-sized and smaller houses, flats and maisonettes  and properties are rented to eligible Veterans who are in housing need. There are estates in Glasgow with 26 homes and in Edinburgh with 65 houses.

 

HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES

All of SVR's Residences are Housing Support Services registered with the Care Inspectorate. Find out more about SRV via the web link below:

Scottish Veterans Residences (svronline.org)


Guidance for Applicants 

Veterans Housing Scotland provides quality affordable homes to 653 veterans and their families in Scotland.  There is so much to think about during a house move, especially when moving into your first home, so the committed and helpful team at the Central Office team can be on hand to guide you through the process

Our homes are only available for veterans who are disabled, whether single, with a partner or a with a family.  We provide affordable rented properties and staff who are experienced and dedicated to providing you with landlord services, helping to foster genuine local communities that don't just improve where people live, but how they live too.

Demand for our quality and affordable homes is very high. The annual turnover of properties is low, which means we often receive more applications than available properties.  We do not operate a waiting list. Instead, we ask applicants to only apply for a property that is listed on the website.    

You must meet strict criteria to be eligible for one of our properties, so we would ask that you review our process page before applying. 

If you are unsure, please email applications@vhscot.org.uk, and one of the property team will answer your query. 

Military Matters 

Military Matters is a service provided by the charity Housing Options Scotland.  Our service provides free advice and information to veterans on their housing options in Scotland.  You will be appointed someone to support you one-to-one to guide you through the maze of housing options in Scotland. 
 
If you are still serving but starting to think of your transition to civvy street, if you are a veteran who has left the forces recently, or if you have been out of the military for a long period of time, you can contact Military Matters for help with your housing options. 
 
The first step to get help is to fill in a form on our website here: https://gethelp.housingoptionsscotland.org.uk/register 
 
If you want to speak to someone first you can email us at militarymatters@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk or call our voicemail service on 0131 510 1567 and someone will call you back.
OTHER NEWS & UPDATES

UK-wide Veterans’ Survey 

Hearing from our veteran community is vital and that is why the government has launched a UK-wide Veterans' Survey. 

This is the first-ever exercise to collect feedback from the veterans' community across the UK coordinated by the Office for Veterans' Affairs and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). 

The online survey is to be launched on 10 November and will be live for 12 weeks. The survey gives ex-UK armed forces personnel and their families the opportunity to provide direct feedback to the government on their experiences, access to and use of services for veterans.

Responses to the survey will help us better understand the experiences, needs and well-being of our veteran community, and guide future action. 

It is important we hear a wide range of views and we would like to encourage as many ex-UK armed forces veterans and their families to share feedback as possible. Your views matter, so please take part today. Complete the Veterans' Survey on the ONS website.

 

Please note that the  Veterans’ Survey will be launching on Thursday 10 November when all links will be activiated

Veterans encouraged to share views on pre-2000 ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces 

Individuals who were affected by the pre-2000 ban on homosexuality in the armed forces are urged to respond to a call for evidence to inform recommendations to ensure that the service of every LGBT veteran is understood and valued.

Responses are welcomed from all those who served in the UK Armed Forces from 1967 – 2000 and their families, and from academics and organisations with an interest in the UK Armed Forces and the LBGT community.

The call for evidence has been designed to be user-friendly, quick to fill in and easily accessible. Individuals will be able to come forward through an online survey here or via Freepost.

Regardless of where they live, veterans affected by the UK armed forces ban will be able to provide their testimony to the call for evidence.

This call for evidence comes following the appointment of The Lord Etherton PC QC in June 2022

The Lord Etherton PC QC said:

The object of the Review is to provide evidence based recommendations to the government as to how best the government can meet its commitment to ensure that all veterans’ experiences are understood and their military service valued, and how best to acknowledge and remedy the injustice of dismissal of LGBT service personnel prior to 2000 on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

This call for evidence will ensure that veterans can share their experiences. I encourage all those affected by the ban to come forward with testimony in this safe environment, to shape the review’s recommendations.

The review was announced by the Defence Secretary and former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay, as part of the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan in January 2022. The independent review will provide the opportunity for the government to better understand the lived experience of LGBT veterans who served prior to 2000, including how being discharged from the military because of their sexuality affects their life.

The review will consider the experiences of LGBT veterans and their families in the context of the pre-2000 ban, including the nature of dismissal, the impact this had on their subsequent lives.

From these testimonies, the review team will be able to make evidence-based recommendations as to how the government can meet its commitment in the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan and ensure the service and experience of every LGBT veteran is understood and valued.

If you find submitting your evidence difficult, the team at Fighting with Pride have released an excellent guide to help and support you to talk about your experiences. Read it here.

 

Kosovo and KFOR - 25 years on


Heartstone is seeking to make contact with veterans of the Kosovo campaign which began from 1999. We are in the process of creating an exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Mandate that led to the intervention and want to add in personal anecdotes from soldiers who were there at the time to go alongside photodocumentary images produced by photojournalist Nick Sidle, an internationally acclaimed photojournalist who was given access in 2000-1 to embed with the UK contingent of KFOR over the course of one year. We are keen to hear from soldiers who were associated with KFOR and had connection at any time over the period of the campaign including the years beyond 2001. 

We are a non-profit organisation which builds contact and brings people together across different nationalities, backgrounds, cultures and faiths to see a common humanity. We do this through what is often special access photodocumentary which we then use in exhibition events as well as publication. Heartstone has no political or religious affiliation and is funded by a wide range of charities, trusts, national and local government. In 2000, Nick produced a powerful photodocumentary of the people of Kosovo at a time of rebuilding lives and homes and their interaction with the soldiers. The exhibition ‘Kosovo Stories’ was presented at numerous locations in the early 2000’s including the European Parliament, NATO HQ and House of Commons and circulated nationwide. You will find out more about us at our website: www.heartstonechandra.com and the webpost on the original photoassignment at: http://heartstonechandra.com/2000/12/05/stories-from-the-balkans/
Now, for the 25th Anniversary, we are revisiting this story and Nick is creating a new exhibition from the original images, all of which were shot on film, once again to tell the human story which unfolded at a historic period of time, when refugees were returning to Kosovo and the role of the soldiers of KFOR in helping to rebuild a world impacted by conflict. We are working in partnership with UNA Scotland and Interfaith Scotland as well as Veterans Scotland to help bring this exhibition together. A launch is being planned at the Scottish Parliament in March 2023, the time of the first UN Mandate, with the main exhibition events taking shape later in 2023 and at the 25th Anniversary in June 2024. As with the original exhibition, this new exhibition will be presented widely reaching a general audience. All the UNA branches throughout Scotland are supporting this initiative and will be assisting with promotion.  
Were you there and do you have a personal story or anecdote that you would like to share to go alongside the images? If yes, we want to hear from you. 
Please contact:
sitakumari@heartstone.co.uk
OR call 07835 367716 to find out how you can be involved in this project. 
 

We're running a survey with @DSC_Charity to find out more about small grants and small grants programmes Help us to learn more about what works, share your experiences and ideas and have your say! Closes 17 November http://covenantfund.org.uk/have-your-say
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OTHER SUPPORT & SERVICES

Visits offer supportive, reliable relationships through our Veterans Community Support Volunteers to veterans who would otherwise be socially isolated.

 

It all starts with a cuppa and a chat and before you know it, you could be enjoying new activates you never knew happened in your local community.This service links into all other services we provide, such as comradeship events, remembrance, and membership.

If you require a visit from your local Veteran Community Support Volunteer, please complete this referral form and send to: support@legionscotland.org.uk. Or if you wish to volunteer to become a Community Support Volunteer, please contact Tommy Douglas on 0131 550 1560.

Inside Legion Scotland’s veterans’ support service

 

The cost-of-living crisis and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic are on many people’s minds at the moment. Legion Scotland is here to help veterans who are in need of assistance, whether it’s with their health, finances, mental wellbeing, or pensions. 

This service is easy to use, but not everyone knows what it involves. Here, we set out some of the things to expect from the Veterans Community Support Service (VCSS). 

The service can support many people 

Each month, around 170-180 people are actively being supported by the VCSS. Many of those contributing to the service are volunteers – there are more than 80 of them across the country – who are on hand to help those who need them. 

Since the service began, 14,000 veterans have used the VCSS. That includes phone calls, support visits, events, and other approaches. 

It’s quick and efficient 

Reaching the VCSS is straightforward. First, you contact the team through Legion Scotland’s HQ. Then, within five or six days, you’d receive a visit from one of the volunteers who have experience in your area. The following week, you’d start to see the results of your visit come to life. It may be that the VCSS refers you to a partner organisation or charity that is better placed to assist with a particular issue, or they might signpost you to resources that would be of interest. 

The VCSS can’t offer direct financial support, nor are volunteers medically trained, but they are able to help guide you to other experts who will be able to help in these areas. 

Support comes in many shapes and sizes 

While some people will only need one VCSS visit, others prefer a long-term approach. The VCSS also holds events and days out to boost morale and confidence. These trips are also a great way to meet other members of the veteran community in Scotland. Earlier this year, there was a trip through the north of the nation, where veterans were hosted at Fort George and RAF Lossiemouth by the host battalions.

 

Email: support@legionscotland.org.uk





Urgent help for veterans 

Veterans needing urgent help in a crisis can contact the following organisations for assistance.

If you are in danger or immediate risk, ring 999.  

If you’re not in need of immediate assistance, and you need to talk to someone, there are several organisations that can help you. They are available day and night to provide free, confidential advice and support. If you’re a family member worried about the mental health of a loved one, or need to talk to someone yourself, these organisations can help you too.

Veterans Welfare Service

The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS), is part of Veterans UK and provides one-to-one support to veterans via a national network of welfare managers across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Phone or email the Veterans UK helpline and ask for the Welfare Service.

Veterans UK helpline

Freephone (UK only): 0808 1914 2 18
Telephone (overseas): +44 1253 866 043
Email: veterans-uk@mod.gov.uk
Normal service 8.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday

When the helpline is closed, callers will be given the option to be re-routed to The Samaritans 24 hour helpline.

Help and support for service leavers and their families

Defence Transition Services (DTS) is run by Veterans UK. It exists to provide information and support for those service leavers and their families who are most likely to face challenges as they leave the armed forces and adjust to civilian life.

Other organisations who may be able to provide advice and support
Veterans within Scotland may also find information on the Veterans Assist Scotland website, which contains a variety of services that are available to support veterans and their families.

Additional information about services and support is also available via the link below:

Urgent help for veterans - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Armed forces 

Includes reserve forces and armed forces pensions, benefits and financial assistance.

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Veterans Scotland, New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HR


Veterans Scotland is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, SC239808.
Registered as a charity in Scotland, SC033880.


Veterans Scotland are also members of the Cobseo Executive committee.

   

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