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05 November 2021 (Edition - Issue 40)

Employment, Training & Transition Support

Take control of your career


 

We’re here to support Scotland’s adults in the world of work. We can help you plan and manage all aspects of your career – from finding and applying for a job, to reskilling and changing your career path completely. No matter where you are in your journey, we’re here for you.

Take control of your career | My World of Work


 
If you are looking for employment oppertunities within the voluntary sector check out the good moves website.

Goodmoves – charity and voluntary sector recruitment

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. 

—> DOWNLOAD OUR FREE SKILLS TRANSLATION WORKBOOK

Longer-Term Employment Outcomes of Ex-Service Personnel


Longer-Term-Employment-Outcomes_FINAL.pdf (pcdn.co)

The FiMT have release their latest report into the long term employment outcomes for ex-service personnel.  A copy of the report is available on their website or via the link above.
 

Our residential employability course, Advance to Work, will take place week commencing the 22nd of November in Stirling.  The course is fully funded to include accommodation, travel, and meals for the duration; providing up to 10 members of the Armed Forces Community the opportunity to focus on their employment goals, with limited distraction and the added value of peer support.
 
Clients attending the course can expect to leave with an increased awareness of:
•            Their own skills and abilities
•            Effective goal setting
•            Team dynamics
•            The job market and how to job search
•            Effective CV, cover letter and application writing
•            How and when to utilise the STAR method
•            How to be successful at interview
•            The wider employment and welfare support available
 
To help us deliver this new employment offering we will be working with several key partners including RFEA, SAMH and Skills Development Scotland.
 
Applications to the course can be made by completing and returning the attached form.
Applicants must be ready to focus on a change in career or return to employment, and fully committed to the completion of the course.
 
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 

From: Danielle Coll <D.Coll@poppyscotland.org.uk> 

Registration forms are available from Danielle Coll at Poppyscotland if required.
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 http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk and also within the application guidance document.

The closing date for applications is 12th November 2021. 
Applications will not be accepted after this date.

 

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: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk

Deadlines for submission from now and through 2022 are as follows: 
  • 12 November
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug
 
 
 
Foundation Scotland November deadlines
Foundation Scotland have put together a helpful list of funding deadlines coming up this month: Deadline Fund Area 5th November Harthill, Eastfield and Greenrigg (HEG) Community Fund North Lanarkshire & West Lothian 9th November Carrick Futures South Ayrshire 12th November Minnygap Community Fund Dumfries & Galloway 12th November Old Luce Community Fund Dumfries & Galloway …Continue reading“Foundation Scotland November deadlines”
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Environmental causes grants directory
To coincide with COP26, GCVS has compiled a directory of potential grant funding opportunities available to voluntary organisations in Glasgow specifically for environmental projects and causes. Download a copy from the GCVS website. You can also search for funds on Funding Scotland using the Activities filters to select your area of work such as Environment, …Continue reading“Environmental causes grants directory”
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Applications for Spring Impact’s Scale Accelerator: Leaders of Scale open on 2 November
Scale Accelerator: Leaders of Scale is a 6-month intensive training programme equipping UK charity and social enterprise leaders with the skills, knowledge, and capacity to lead their organisation’s journey to scale and make a positive impact on even more lives. By taking part, participants gain a clear, actionable plan for scaling sustainably, frameworks and tools …Continue reading“Applications for Spring Impact’s Scale Accelerator: Leaders of Scale open on 2 November”
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New and recently opened funds

 
Corra Foundation - The Promise Partnership
Organisation: Corra Foundation
Status: Open
Summary: The Promise Partnership – A Good Childhood is an investment of circa £3.25m from the Scottish Government. It is intended to deliver change in-line with Scotland’s commitment to #KeepThePromise and ensure children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected. The investment aims to build upon or put structures in place that will create the space to think, plan and co-design changes that ensure a Good Childhood. The priority area of A Good Childhood covers eight actions across interconnected areas of work. This funding strand is open to any of the eight but will prioritise proposals with a focus on: - Relationships - Moving on - Youth Justice Your proposal needs to reflect and consider what has to happen within your organisation, collaboration or local area to support a Good Childhood.
Date re-opened: 28th October 2021
Next deadline: 3rd December 2021
Find out more >
 
 
Petplan Charitable Trust - Pump/Pilot Grants
Organisation: Petplan Charitable Trust
Status: Open
Summary: Grants are available to fund initial research which should ideally lead to further research. Pump primer grants should be for graduates embarking on a research career. All pump priming applications which meet the criteria set out by the Trust are forwarded to the members of the Scientific Advisory Committee for consideration.
Date re-opened: 29th October 2021
Next deadline: 25th March 2022
Find out more >
 
 
Petplan Charitable Trust - Scientific Grant
Organisation: Petplan Charitable Trust
Status: Open
Summary: The Petplan Charitable Trust supports studies on natural disease conditions in companion animals, to prevent their occurrence, provide a cure or eliminate suffering. Its support is limited exclusively to clinical studies which involve no invasive procedures.
Date re-opened: 29th October 2021
Next deadline: 26th November 2021
Find out more >
 
 
Petplan Charitable Trust - Welfare Grants
Organisation: Petplan Charitable Trust
Status: Open
Summary: Welfare grants are awarded once a year. Applicants must be charities and grants must provide a direct benefit to the species supported by Petplan ie. dogs, cats, rabbits and horses. Grants to human charities may be considered when it can be clearly demonstrated that the grant will enhance/give support to the animals' best interest. Requests for funding for education in animal welfare will be considered.
Date re-opened: 29th October 2021
Find out more >
 
 
Commonwealth Foundation
Organisation: The Commonwealth Foundation
Status: Open
Summary: The Foundation supports civic voices to share their stories, learn and act together and influence the institutions that shape people’s lives. Applicants must address one or more of the Foundation’s three priority themes: 1. Health 2. Environment and climate change 3. Freedom of expression They seek to support initiatives that encourage and make possible meaningful and constructive engagement between civil society and government around policy and decision-making relevant to these three themes. Proposals must relate to projects that are expected to begin within the second half of 2022. See the funder website for full guidance notes.
Date re-opened: 29th October 2021
Next deadline: 30th November 2021
Find out more >
 
 
Firstport - Launch Me
Organisation: Firstport
Status: Open
Summary: LaunchMe is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It prepares ambitious social enterprises and community organisations for growth so they can achieve social impact at scale. The programme selects a cohort of up to eight ambitious organisations each year to prepare them for growth and help them secure investment. The cohort will work together from April to November 2022 to get investment ready. This includes: - Regular group sessions (online or in-person) delivered by sector experts covering areas needed to get investment ready. - One-to-one check-ins with your business advisor to track progress, discuss challenges and brainstorm solutions. - Peer support with others on a similar journey, and you will help each other to overcome challenges. - Connections- The LaunchMe team will help you identify potential sources of investment and will support you in connecting with those sources. - Seed funding- LaunchMe offers a repayable grant to enable your business to kick-start your growth plans. This may entail investing in technology, hiring new staff, or developing whatever your business needs in preparation for scaling up.
Date re-opened: 27th October 2021
Next deadline: 17th January 2022
Find out more >
 
 

Opening soon

 
UK Government - Community Ownership Fund
Organisation: UK Government - Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Status: Currently closed, re-opens in 1 month
Summary: The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them. The priorities for the first round are to invest in projects which are ready to access capital funding and complete their projects within 6 months. Voluntary and community groups can bid for match funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities. Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community. The fund will support a range of community ownership proposals. For example, projects may include: - sporting and leisure facilities - cinemas and theatres - music venues - museums - galleries - parks - pubs - post office buildings - shops The Community Ownership Fund will provide up to 50% of total capital costs, matching other funds and resources raised by the applicant. Bidders can also apply for some revenue funding to help with the associated revenue costs of taking an asset into community ownership. See the UK Government website for full details on criteria and eligibility.
Find out more >
 
 
The Big Give - Christmas Challenge
Organisation: The Big Give Trust
Status: Currently closed, re-opens in 1 month
Summary: The Christmas Challenge is an online match funding campaign that can help your charity to raise more money this Christmas. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donations doubled when the campaign goes live from 30 November 2021 – 7 December 2021. Key benefits include: access to funding from Champion organisations; a powerful incentive to donors to have their donations doubled; attracting new supporters; raising your charity profile and joining others to raise awareness of the issue.
Date re-opened: 19th May 2021
Next deadline: 7th December 2021
Find out more >
 
 

Fundraising guidance for charity trustees

Summary

There are many aspects of fundraising which OSCR does not regulate and that we cannot provide guidance on.

This guidance covers the areas that we do regulate. 

Fundraising guidance for charity trustees

Additinal information and guidance is available on the OSCR website below:

OSCR | Fundraising guidance

Health

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.

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 jo@samaritans.org
 

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.

Housing


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.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


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

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.

News and Other Updates

Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans 

Annual Update to Parliament 2021 - 5 November 2021



Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
You will wish to be aware that at 14:55 on 11th November Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans, will be providing his annual update to the Scottish Parliament; this will be combined with a debate on Remembrance commemorations. The aim of this is to raise the profile of veterans issues amongst Parliamentarians and provide them with the information to scrutinise the Scottish Government's support for the Armed Forces community in Scotland.
 
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic all visits to the Parliament have been suspended until further notice. This means that there is no access to the public galleries and individuals will therefore be unable to attend in person. However the opportunity to watch the proceedings on the Parliament’s live TV channel at  https://www.scottishparliament.tv  is available.
 

 

UK Veterans Family Study

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

The UK Veterans Family Study is led by Professor Cherie Armour at Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Nicola Fear at King’s College London and aims to understand the wellbeing for veteran families in the UK.

The study will take place across the UK in 2021-22 and is being conducted in partnership with; Glasgow Caledonian University; Anglia Ruskin University; Veterans NHS Wales and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; and Combat Stress. The study involves in-depth interviews to explore the wellbeing of veteran family members as well as experiences of support and transition to civilian life.

Contact our researchers to find out more:
UKVeteranFamilyStudy@gmail.com
@Vet_Families

OSCR publishes new research on Scottish charity sector

New research published today by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) sets out the current state of the country’s charity sector. The research reveals:

  • Two thirds of Scotland’s twenty-five thousand registered charities are run entirely by volunteers
  • Charities in Scotland also employ over two hundred thousand staff
  • The majority of charities in Scotland have an income of less than £25,000 per year, with over a third reporting an income of less than £10,000 over the same period
  • Scottish charities have a combined annual income of over thirteen billion pounds, making the sector a similar size to the Scottish NHS.

The key findings of the new research, which are based on a snapshot of Scotland’s official charity register taken in February 2021, also show that that the key aims of Scottish charities are to advance education (51%) promote community development (36%) and give relief to those in need (25%).

The most popular beneficiaries of the work of Scottish charities are children or young people (47%), people with disabilities (23%) and older people (22%).

Speaking as the new report 'Scottish Charities 2021' launches, OSCR’s Chief Executive, Maureen Mallon, said:

“Charities are the cornerstone of a strong society and a flourishing economy. That’s why we’ve published 'Scottish Charities 2021' so that we can ensure that everyone in Scotland is aware of the scale, scope and contribution that charities make to our national fabric.

“We already know that public trust in Scottish charities is at the highest level since OSCR began to measure this in 2009. We hope by publishing a range of data and insights into the sector we can continue to build public confidence and ensure that policy makers and planners can make informed decisions in future. 

“With our work at the Scottish Charity Regulator, people across Scotland can have faith that our twenty-five thousand charities are properly regulated and well-run. We want to continue to build public confidence in charities and allow these vital organisations to thrive and cement their place at the heart of our day to day life.”

You can read the full report online on OSCR’s website here.

Want to find out more? OSCR's Data and Research Manager, Louise Meikleham, provides some background to our latest research here.




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