29 March2019 - Issue 4
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The Scottish Veterans Fund 2019/20 Grants

Veterans Scotland wish to congratulate all those organisations that have been successful in being awarded grants from this year’s Scottish Veterans Fund.  The Scottish Veterans Fund is funded jointly by the Scottish Government and Standard Life Aberdeen.
Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) has allocated over £1.4 million of funding to more than 150 projects.
The purpose of the fund is to support veterans and their families to achieve a successful transition to civilian life and is aimed especially at projects that are attempting to deliver a new or innovative approach to veterans’ issues.
In 2017 the Scottish Government partnered with Standard Life Aberdeen to commit £600,000 over three years to supporting veterans’ organisations in Scotland through the SVF.
After consideration by an expert panel led by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner the Scottish Government and Standard Life Aberdeen have today announced that grant funding of £100,000 has been allocated to 7 new projects across Scotland to combat loneliness and social isolation, support improved employment outcomes and provide wider support in 2019/20.
6 projects which continue from last year will also be given £100,000 in 2019/20.

New projects for 2019/20
Organisation Project Award
Scottish Veterans Residences
Combat loneliness and isolation of veterans via art groups. Raise awareness of veterans’ issues amongst the general public by exhibiting veterans’ work.
Erskine To employ a Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) for three years, to work with the existing ANP, to efficiently assess, diagnose and prescribe to patients.
MacRobert Arts Centre An annual programme of accessible drama workshops for veterans and their families, designed to increase socialisation, provide enjoyable, regular, and creative activity.
Poppyscotland To enhance the provision of first aid support and ensuring adequate signposting for veterans experiencing mental ill health.
Glen Art To raise awareness of veterans’ issues with schoolchildren and wider public through participation of veterans and schoolchildren in the Gardening Scotland Show.
RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity Funding to continue a Regional Support Advisor role to assist veterans facing additional barriers to employment.

Royal British Legion Industries To create a Mentor Training and Employment programme that will combat loneliness and isolation to ensure a successful transition to civilian life.

Continuing projects for 2019/20
Organisation Project Award
Glasgow’s Helping Heroes Glasgow’s Veterans United – a programme of fitness training, life coaching, health and nutritional education.
Fares 4 Free Free transport befriending service - to employ an additional part time role of Operations Coordinator
Support in Mind To employ a part-time veterans liaison officer to run and develop the Veterans Community Café
Royal British Legion Industries
Employment of Head of welfare. HR, Welfare and project monitoring costs £28,194
Veterans Employability and Training Services
To employ a veterans’ support consultant £14,400
RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity Employment adviser to assist veterans move to civilian life. £22,567
In announcing the list of successful bids for 2019/20 the Minister for Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, said
“Today’s announcement shows the Scottish Government’s strong commitment to supporting our veterans and their families and our aim of making Scotland the most attractive place to live for those leaving the Armed Forces.
These projects are a great example of the excellent work being done across Scotland to support our veterans community. They are a wide range of projects which include assisting veterans with employment support and ensuring veterans are not socially isolated through the creation of Veterans Community Cafes and horticultural projects. I look forward to hearing more from them all as they progress.”
Sandy MacDonald, from Standard Life Aberdeen added:
“We share a common aim with Scottish Government to ensure the skills and talents of our military community are fully recognised for the benefit of all.
The projects benefitting from the Fund this year help provide support and opportunities for veterans and their families to progress to a better future.”
Having chaired the Independent Panel Charlie Wallace, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner, noted:
“The announcement of the latest successful bids for funding from the Scottish Veterans Fund highlights the significant interest and desire across our society to help those veterans who need support.  I welcome the continued commitment of the Scottish Government and Standard Life Aberdeen towards that goal of properly integrating our veterans into their communities where they can feel valued and can contribute successfully.”

Further details will be available on the Scottish Government website and their social media platforms.


Our Armed Forces Community

Council staff are encouraged to use a new e-learning package to help them learn more about the Armed Forces Community and the support available to them in Midlothian.

Raising awareness

The aim is to raise awareness of the Armed Forces Covenant, which is supported by Midlothian Council. The Covenant is a way of making sure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect.

Providing support

“I would encourage everyone to use this easy to access e-learning module,” explained Midlothian Provost and Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Peter Smaill. “It provides an overview of the unique challenges of Service life and sets out how our employees can support the Armed Forces Community at a local level.”

Pictured is Midlothian Provost, Councillor Peter Smaill, accessing the new e-learning module.

Population Projections: UK Armed Forces Veterans residing in Great Britain,  2016 to 2028

This statistical bulletin presents population projections for UK Armed Forces veterans residing in Great Britain to 2028.

Note: Population projections are not forecasts and will inevitably differ to a greater or lesser extent from actual future population change. In addition to the uncertainties in the underlying 2016 baseline data, our assumptions about the future cannot be certain as patterns of both those entering the veteran population and deaths are always liable to change and can be influenced by many factors.

It is projected that in 2028 there will be approximately  1.6 million UK Armed Forces veterans residing in Great Britain. 

Further information regarding the UK Armed Forces Veterans residing in Great Britain is available

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 .

The spring edition of Homeport is now available

Homeport is The Naval Families Federation’s magazine published quarterly for Royal Naval and Royal Marines families throughout the world. The NFF is excited to present to you the Spring edition of Homeport.

In this edition, you will find:
• Round-up of the launch of our non-operational separation study and parental absence resource
• Interview with a married couple in the Royal Marines Band Service
• The submarine captain reaching out to isolated families
• Summary on Flexible Service (which becomes law on 1st April)
• Story of the upcoming co-working hub in Helensburgh
• Updates and news affecting our Naval Service personnel and their family members
• And MUCH more!

Read online here, or to subscribe here.

Capitalising on military talent: Everything you need to know about employing veterans

Employers that haven't considered hiring veterans are missing a trick. This toolkit is designed to help businesses strengthen their workforce by tapping into the ex-military talent pool.

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Ex-military personnel offer a wealth of transferable skills, including leadership, teamwork, problem solving and a strong work ethic that bring significant value to the civilian workforce. Yet many businesses are missing out on this top talent due to a lack of knowledge about the military or negative misconceptions.

Business in the Community’s new toolkit, written in partnership with military recruitment specialists, Salute My Job, is designed to help your businesses strengthen its workforce by offering veterans fulfilling second careers. It has been developed with input from leading employers, such as BT, Fujitsu, Standard Life and the NHS, to help you build a pipeline of talented veterans into your business.

Further information is also available in the BITC website

Comradeship and fun at Juniper Green A.R.C !

As part of the ongoing and future comradeship events and activities which are being planned by the Legion Scotland team, they recently visited the Juniper Green Air Rifle Club. 

Juniper Green ARC (JGARC) is one of the oldest air rifle club’s in Scotland. The village hall has over a century of shooting history in this part of Edinburgh. The village hall was originally located in Corstorphine area. However it was bought / gifted to Juniper Green Village. Originally used as a drill hall for the T.A., the old caretakers house at the side of the hall was originally the C/O’s (commanding officer) house. The T.A. / homegaurd moved out in the late 50′s and ‘Juniper Green Rifle Club’ was born.

The facilities used on the day included, a 50 yard covered target range along with a 12 yard pistol range.


The Legion Team bonded over bacon rolls and target practice and a great time was had by all. Thanks to the Club for hosting us and to David for his safety briefing, guidance and great soup!

Look out the penguin is about !!!

We look forward to working with the Club in the future and going forward to develop some new comradeship activities with the local Veterans.



Future funding programme to support Armed Forces Families

Sonia Howe, Director of Policy at the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust explained more.

 The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes now and in future years. Removing barriers to family life is one of the four priorities of the Armed Forces Covenant, and there has been some significant support for families, particularly through the Families in Stress programme. But we know that there is more need out there; and we are looking at developing programmes to support Armed Forces families in their broadest sense, both serving and veteran families, and families from Foreign and Commonwealth countries. We are also thinking about the needs of young people from Armed Forces Families.

The Trust will announce further information on 2019/20 programmes in May 2019.

Veterans Assist Scotland

If you are looking for information or advice, the answer may be found on the Veterans Assist Website. There is a wide range of information on who your local Armed Forces and Veterans Champion is to where you can find local advice and information.

Find out more on the site and keep up to date on what is going on around Scotland for the Ex-Service community.


Events and Activities Calendar


We are aware of a number of events and activities that are being provided for the wider veterans community.  If you want to find out more click the link below:

Search for D-Day veterans in Scotland.

Legion Scotland are holding a National D-Day 75 Commemorative Service on the 6th of June at the Scottish National War Memorial.

We would like to invite D-Day and Normandy veterans to attend. If you know of any veterans in your branch or local community who would like to be involved we would love to hear from you.


Please contact Liz Kyle on if you have contact details of any veterans who would like to be invited. Please ensure you have their permission before passing on contact information.

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:

A guide for Service personnel and their families moving to Scotland.



This booklet has been designed to help you with what you need to know about your move. We are a close-knit society and are committed to ensuring that members of the Armed Forces and their family members are fully supported when accessing our services. We have a proud track record of working in close partnership with local authorities, the wider public sector and charities to help us ensure you are able to access the best possible care and support. Ultimately, we hope that you will consider Scotland as your long-term home.


The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy.  They exist to support sailors, marines and their families, for life.   Find out more about their services and the support they offer on their website.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. They make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world. Find out more on their website.

Read all the latest news from Blesma and sign up for a copy of their newsletter.

Are you a current or former member of the Royal Air Force, then you may be interested in what the Royal Air Forces Association can do for you.

Employment Opertunities

Poppyscotland is at the forefront of delivery of support to our Armed Forces community across Scotland. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.

2 Criminal Justice Support Worker - Veteran's Mentoring Service - Aberdeen/shire & Inverness

Sacro’s Veteran’s Mentoring Service (VMS) is based across various locations in Scotland. The service aims to support men and women who have completed service with the Armed Forces and are at risk of becoming involved, or are already involved in the criminal justice system.

Wider Sector Job Opportunities

There are a wide range of job opportunities advertised on the Cobseo website.  To find out more click on the link below:

Less than100 days to go until Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day 2019 is now less than 100 days away, with preparations underway for the national event in Salisbury and hundreds of community events across the country.

Now in its 11th year, Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the nation to thank Servicemen and women, past and present, for their readiness to serve and protect the UK and its interests both at home and abroad.

To mark the milestone, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson met members of Armed Forces personnel at Ministry of Defence headquarters. Beginning the countdown to Saturday 29 June, he said:

I’m thrilled that the Armed Forces Day national event will take place in Salisbury this year in just 100 days’ time. The urgent, expert response of the Armed Forces to the Salisbury attack is just one reason why we’re all so grateful for their service.

Armed Forces Day is an annual celebration of the very special relationship between members of our Armed Forces and the people they serve. Communities across the UK will come together to thank the Armed Forces for their dedication, expertise and excellence. I encourage everyone to get involved this year and show their support.

Read the full article here.

How Help for Heroes is uncovering the long-term needs of those wounded in action

Battlefield wounds sustained in a split-second can take years to heal. Many of the Veterans Help for Heroes supports have injuries so severe they would previously have been fatal, and their full impact may take years to understand.

For this reason the charity, alongside the Ministry of Defence (MOD), is funding a ground-breaking study that’s uncovering the ongoing needs of those wounded in action.

The ADVANCE Study is a longitudinal research programme examining the long-term health and welfare of those injured whilst deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Expert clinicians are comparing everything from bone density to cholesterol levels and lung capacity to work out what wider impact being wounded might have on a Veteran’s overall health.

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Sailor to circumnavigate the UK, visiting every Harbour Master, in aid of Seafarers UK charity

Retired businessman Mark Ashley-Miller, 56, sets out from Dartmouth today (29 March) to circumnavigate the UK and visit every Harbour Master on an epic two-year voyage.

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Collaboration encouraged throughout the Service Charities Sector through Cobseo’s latest Information Note

Cobseo, The Confederation of Services Charities, has published an Information Note on efficiencies and rationalisations encouraging its Membership to consider the benefits of collaborative working. The Note identifies the opportunities for Members to achieve efficiencies through various forms of joint working. The overall aim of all efficiencies is to achieve the greatest level of support for all beneficiaries.

The Information Note explores the increasing pressures on the charity sector that requires organisations to take bold decisions on how they operate to ensure a successful and sustainable future. The document describes four general forms of efficient working; convergence; cooperative; co-working; and consolidation, as well as the typical issues to be addressed to achieve a successful joint working arrangement.

The Note offers guidance to Members and does not contain any minimum expectations or firm obligations; its purpose is to stimulate discussion within the Membership and to present new ideas for Members to consider within their own organisation. It was written with the help of organisations within the Service Charities Sector and includes recent examples of successful collaborations to provide greater context and best practice.

The Efficiency and Rationalisation Information Note can be found here on the Cobseo Governance hub. For more information on the series of Aide Memoires now available for Members, please click here.



Poppyscotland is on the lookout for veterans from every conflict since 1939 for an ambitious new project that will capture these precious stories in a series of interviews.

The Veterans’ Voices project, which is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, will seek out veterans the length and breadth of Scotland in a bid to compile a definitive dossier of interviews to cover each and every conflict over the past 80 years.

Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “Veterans’ Voices will be a unique resource of high-quality film archive of interviews with veterans living in Scotland of military conflict from 1939 to the present day. Our ambition is to capture as many of these personal recollections so that their stories can live on.


“We aim to have an interview with at least one veteran from every conflict where the British Armed Forces have been stationed since 1939. We also aim to have a range of veterans of different ages, backgrounds and experiences. Interviews will cover veterans’ experiences and their thoughts on remembrance.


“It is important that these stories are captured now before they can no longer be shared, ensuring greater understanding for future generations. What’s more, our research has shown that audiences are keen to understand more about recent conflicts and the experiences of our veterans.”


The veterans will be asked the same set of questions giving a unique insight into their experiences and views at different times in history. Poppyscotland will also conduct group interviews to allow intergenerational interaction.


The completed body of work will be available to view on the charity’s learning website and made available to schools. The short video clips will help the public to develop a better understanding and engage with veterans, and have greater appreciation of more recent and less well-known conflicts.


If you are a veteran and would welcome the chance to tell your story, please contact Veterans’ Voices researcher Hannah Uttley on 07833 750 937, or at While all veterans are encouraged to get in touch, it is particularly important that interviews include a real social and gender mix.

Reading Force
is a free resource for all Armed Forces families (whether regular, veteran, reserve or cadet) with babies and children aged 0 to 18. The Reading Force charity provides free books and scrapbooks to support shared reading.

Reading Force involves Armed Forces children forming a mini book group with their family (and extended families and friends if they wish); choosing, reading, chatting about a book, and filling a scrapbook with their collective thoughts, drawings and photographs – the more creative the better! Reading Force materials – books and specially designed scrapbooks for each baby, toddler, child or young person in families – are free for all Armed Forces children.

Reading Force has a positive impact by:
  • improving the emotional, social and mental wellbeing of Armed Forces families by encouraging them to read for pleasure together, talk about a book and fill in a specially designed scrapbook;
  • promoting extended-family and inter-generational relationships;supporting good family relationships through shared reading and having the common ground of a book, whether they are at home together or separated for any reason such as deployment, training, illness or family breakdown;
  • mitigating stress and providing a coping strategy/distraction during challenging times, for example, separation due to training, deployment or posting; interrupted learning and transitions due to posting and mobility; or illness/injury of a family member;
  • keeping absent parents involved in family life at home, thereby helping with adapting back to home life at the end of deployments;
  • developing communication skills, improving literacy and strengthening self-confidence, resilience, affirming Forces identity, and a sense of belonging and inclusion;
  • laying good foundations for young children to have a positive attitude to books and encouraging reading and reading aloud.

As well as working with families, we work collaboratively with organisations concerned with the welfare of Armed Forces children and their families, for example Local Authorities, Armed Forces Welfare organisations (all Services), other Service and non-Service charities, Unit Welfare Offices, HIVEs, and  pre-schools, primary and secondary schools. Distributing Reading Force information flyers and scrapbooks is a way for organisations and schools to engage with their Armed Forces families. If children and their parents are dealing with separation, looking to build their reading confidence or strengthen second language skills, organisations can:
  • point parents in the direction of our website, especially if parents of children they are dealing with are going to be deployed;
  • register with Reading Force – it’s quick, free and easy;
  • allocate one person to become a Reading Force Ambassador and champion the scheme to families and other members of staff as a way to keep in touch and improve reading skills;
  • display our posters (sent in our Reading Force resources pack) to help promote Reading Force to parents, grandparents and children in the local community;
  • share information about Reading Force on social media;download additional free material from the resources page to keep spreading the word;
  • share our brochure with members of staff, so they can talk to parents and children about Reading Force too;
  • schools with high numbers of Armed Forces pupils and which run groups for them, such as Military Kids Clubs, can also use our resources. It is an ideal way of introducing pupils to Reading Force before reading and scrapbooking with their families at home.
For more information and to register, go to
contact Fiona Maxwell, Reading Force Ambassador (Scotland) by telephone on 07548 778 930 or email
Veterans Scotland Website
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