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05 March 2021 (Edition - Issue 9)

Employment Updates

Military to Civvy Street: The Ultimate Guide To A Successful Career Transition

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Your mission to find the right job in the right organisation when you leave the Armed Forces will need to be as targeted and well planned as any military operation. Employers are always searching for quality talent and many are specifically interested in recruiting ex-military people, especially for their ‘soft’ skills. 

However their requirements are increasingly precise, so you and your skills must match their needs; you will also need to provide evidence of your acquired military knowledge, skills and experience that fits the requirements of individual job descriptions.

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Funding & Financial Support

Digital Participation

With support from Scottish GovernmentBTCellnex and Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation, three new digital participation funds launched on 25th February to support the work of Scotland’s Digital Participation charter. The funds are: the eighth round of the Digital Participation Charter Fund, the Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation Connecting Communities Fund and the Device Refurbishment Support Fund.

The three funds aim to support people to get online and learn about what new ways of working can be supported, and develop access, confidence, motivation, and skills.

Digital Participation Charter Fund
Currently open
The Digital Participation Charter Fund provides small grants to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding digital skills development work in day-to-day activity with their service users.
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Device Refurbishment Support Fund
Currently open
The Device Refurbishment Support Fund aims to support voluntary and community sector organisations with established device refurbishment and distribution programmes.
Find out more

ELHF Connecting Communities Fund
Currently open
Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation: Connecting Communities Fund is a small grants funding opportunity to tackle digital and health inequalities that is open to projects being delivered in City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian or West Lothian.
Find out more

Social Security Scotland




Looking for information on our benefits that you can share with your clients? Visit http://socialsecurity.gov.scot to get resources like factsheets and social media posts. Clients can also be signposted to http://mygov.scot/benefits

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations.  The application process for all grants is online here: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk.

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

  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Funding programmes opening in April 2021

We are pleased to announce new funding programmes for the 2021/22 financial year.

These programmes are designed to support veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel, to recover from some of the wider impacts of the Covid pandemic.

Sustaining Support for Armed Forces communities

The £6 million Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities programme will open in April.

This programme will provide funding for existing charitable projects that give help to Armed Forces communities, but which need short term support to continue, as a result of the impact of Covid on charitable income.

Armed Forces charities, and charities that have an existing track record of providing support for Armed Forces communities, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for up to one year. Organisations applying for a grant will need to show us they provide support to people from Armed Forces communities, and that it would have a negative effect, particularly on veterans and Armed Forces families, if this work could not be continued. Support for core costs will be available for Armed Forces charities.

 

Find out more

We’ll have more information on all of these programmes in due course as they go live.

In the meantime, take a look at our programme overview below.



Additional information can be found on the website below:
New funding programmes opening in April 2021 : The Armed Forces Covenant Trust (covenantfund.org.uk)
Housing

A Scottish Housing Guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & Ex-service personnel


An updated copy of the Scottish Governments "A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel" has now been published.  
 

Helping disabled people, older people and members of the armed forces community to find the right home in the right place

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If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or still serving, finding a suitable home on civvy street can be one of the hardest things you will do, especially if you are an older person or have a disability.
                                      

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.

A link to the current Guides is available HERE
 

Veterans Housing Scotland is delighted to announce that Group Captain Bob Kemp CBE QVRM AE DL has been appointed Chairman of the charity with effect from 1st March.  He succeeds Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander LVO OBE TD who retires following ten years as Chairman.


Group Captain Kemp has wide experience of working with forces’ charities including as Director Scotland RAF Benevolent Fund; Trustee Erskine Hospital and as a member of the Scottish Government’s Panel for the Commemorations of World War One. 

He has worked with Veterans Housing Scotland for around 15 years and is looking forward to the opportunity of developing the ‘Community within a Community’ ethos.  He said: ‘Today in Scotland, around 3% of all those assessed as homeless by local authorities are military veterans.    The vast majority of those transitioning from military service do so without the need for further support however for some there will always be a need for ongoing assistance.  By providing a safe and secure home in a supportive community we are helping our veterans take the first steps to building a strong future for themselves and their families.

'Covid-19 has presented a new challenge for everyone, particularly charities like our own.  As we look ahead to life post-restrictions the needs of our veteran community will always be at the forefront of our work in becoming Scotland’s leading provider of homes for veterans who are disabled.’

To learn more about the charity and their new Chairman please have a look at the charity’s website www.vhscot.org.uk/
 

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


Ann updated copy of the information booklet as at 04 February 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

The spring edition of Army&You magazine is out now!

Here’s a flavour of what’s inside:

  • When you look at the challenges that come with military life so many of them are related to one common theme, moving home. It affects pretty much every aspect of army life, so this spring’s Army&You is all about the impact of mobility.
  • Our feature explores the key issues for service children with special educational needs and/or a disability and what support is available.
  • Elsewhere we look at childcare provision, parenting from a distance, and how to move your furry, feathery or scaly friends from one location to another.
  • There’s advice on allowances when you move, as well as a look at the complexities of overseas postings for foreign & commonwealth families.
  • Don’t forget to enter the fabulous spring reader giveaways and read army families’ inspiring blogs.

Look out for your copy coming through your door, read it online at www.armyandyou.co.uk and follow us on social media @ArmyandYou

60 projects to tackle loneliness in Armed Forces communities


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) is delighted to announce that 60 projects have been awarded two-year grants of £70,000, under the Tackling Loneliness programme, designed to tackle loneliness and isolation in Forces communities across the UK.

Projects will work with traditionally ‘harder to reach’ groups of beneficiaries to encourage more people to engage in their community, access services and provision and build stronger networks with peers, support organisations and service providers.

Strategic support  

In addition, under the Tackling Social Isolation programme, the Trust has awarded seven strategic grants to experienced organisations who will act as mentors for successful Tackling Loneliness projects. This follows the success of the mentor model used for the Trust’s Strategic Pathways/Positive Pathways programmes.

Tackling loneliness and isolation

In Scotland, Thistle Health and Wellbeing will support veterans living with a long-term physical or mental health condition, to live a life free of isolation and loneliness.

Claire Cummings from the organisation told said: “Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen the impact of loneliness on our communities like never before. By trialling new ways of working and developing remote support options, we’ve been able to continue providing vital support while reaching out to more veterans across Scotland.

We are grateful to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust as the Tackling Loneliness award will ensure that, over the next two years, we are able to support more veterans living with long-term health conditions or experiencing difficult life circumstances, to break out of a life of loneliness and isolation and find connection and community.”

Support for the LGBTQ+ community

The Trust identified several priority groups of beneficiaries for this funding programme, one of which was LGBTQ+ members of the Forces community.

Dig In were awarded funding for their ‘Bloomin’ Marvellous’ project, providing a diverse befriending experience for veterans and their families with a focus on LGBTQ+, young carers and others.

Isabel from the project explains:

“We are delighted to have been offered funding for this exciting project. We will be working in partnership with Lancashire LGBTQ+, The University of Central Lancashire and Healthier Heroes CIC, to deliver a horticulture project to members of the Armed Forces and veteran community who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. Not only will the project allow the participants to take part in a shared and meaningful activity with their peers, it will provide valuable training and experience to befrienders and mentors in working with members of the Armed Forces community and, in particular, those that are also members of the LGBTQ+ community.”

Much needed support during and after the Covid-19 pandemic

Chief Executive of the Trust, Melloney Poole, said:

“We are delighted to support these projects, which will reduce loneliness and support people from Armed Forces communities to develop confidence and become more connected with others. We hope that the projects we’ve funded will provide much needed support, particularly as some Forces communities have been especially isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Find out more 

For a full list of awards made under the Tackling Loneliness and Tackling Social Isolation programmes, visit the Trust’s website: www.covenantfund.org.uk

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