September 2018 Issue
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Veterans Scotland Update

At the beginning of the year, Veterans Scotland decided to move away from our traditional ‘Pillar’ system in order that wider membership could be included in considering issues, sharing good practice and identifying key messages that should be presented to the various government departments and others with which we have dealings.

This has resulted in wider participation in our ‘Groups’ and we have seen, for example, our Housing Group meeting being attended by staff from the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group as well as representatives from Housing Associations; as a result of this members of the Group were recently invited to attend a round table discussion with the Scottish Housing Minister on veterans homelessness.

This transition to Groups has resulted in greater collaboration and communication between organisations interested in ensuring that the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant are better understood and applied more widely across statutory and third sector organisations.            


Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory was alive with activity today as the near-five million poppies which are all made by hand by former Service personnel were loaded on to trucks to begin the journey to the four corners of the country ahead of the start of the 2018 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

This year’s event – which is known as the “National Uplift” – was especially poignant as it marks the first time the public will get a chance to see the newly commissioned Centenary Poppy, which has the text “1918-2018” embossed in gold across the traditional and iconic red paper poppy. It is the first change to the poppy in decades and is of part of Poppyscotland’s programme of activity to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

Forty-one veterans with disabilities are employed at the Factory making around five million poppies each year, and, this year, around two million of them will be Centenary Poppies. Charlie Pelling, Manager at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, said: “The National Uplift is always one of the biggest days of the year at the Factory, but it’s especially poignant in 2018 given that we are commemorating the Centenary of the end of the First World War with this stunning, unique poppy design.”

The Centenary Poppy is the single biggest design change of the poppy for more than a generation. The poppy has not altered much conceptually since its inception more than 90 years ago when it was created by Lady Haig – wife of Field Marshall Earl Haig – in 1926.

Read more on this story here

Poppyscotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Informing Scotland - Lanarkshire September 2018

On Wednesday the 19th September 2018, the latest Veterans Scotland - Informing Scotland Gathering took place in Hamilton, hosted by South Lanarkshire Council and in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council.  

Informing Scotland has been funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a £35 million funding scheme run by the FiMT using an endowment awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The event offered an opportunity to bring together the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions from the Local Authority, DWP, NHS, Skills Development Scotland as well as Veterans organisations from across Lanarkshire.

Provost Ian McAllan opened the discussion outlining the contribution made by Service Leavers across the Lanarkshire region and that both Councils are determined to support those who have served their country including their families and remain committed to their pledges to the Covenant.

The event saw presentations and follow-up discussions on the topics of:

•    Meeting the needs of the Armed Forces Covenant - Jim Wilson, Veterans Scotland;

•    SSAFA – David McAllister MBE, Chairman SSAFA Lanarkshire Branch

•    Employability - Shaun Cauvin, Veterans Scotland

•    Health and Wellbeing - Craig Cunningham, NHS Lanarkshire Armed Forces Champion

Feedback collected from those attending was positive with many saying the opportunity to network with partners had been invaluable and that they would like to see more regular events and hope that this is the start of better collaborative working going forward.

Veterans Scotland would like to thank Cllr Mark Horsham, South Lanarkshire Armed Forces Champion and Cllr David Cullen North Lanarkshire Armed Forces Champion and their teams for the assistance with organising this event.

Veterans Scotland -
Informing Scotland Events


The National event has been planned for Edinburgh City Chambers on 01 October 2018.

In addition to the National event we are also looking to deliver local Informing Scotland events at both Local Authority and regional levels.  Serveral of these localised sessions are in the planning stages for Highland, Argyll & Bute and the Western Isles.

Additional Locations and dates will be publish once confirmed.  If you wish to find out more about these events please contact the Veterans Scotland Support Officer.


Email: VS Support Officer

Erskine Newsletter

We're excited to share with you all the latest news and goings on at Erskine. Click the link to read your autumn newsletter:

Erskine (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Scottish Government Support for Veterans and the Armed Forces Community in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published 'Scottish Government Support for Veterans and the Armed Forces Community in Scotland'.

The Scottish Parliament recognises and values the contribution of the Armed Forces and veterans community to Scotland; commends the excellent work of the first Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Eric Fraser, including his most recent report on veterans’ health and wellbeing; welcomes the new Commissioner, Charlie Wallace, and supports continuing partnership working across all levels of government and the private and charitable sectors to ensure that the Armed Forces, veterans and their families receive the best possible support and access to opportunities across Scotland.

A copy of the report is available via the link below:

Poppyscotland on the Lookout for Fundraising Help Across the Land

Poppyscotland needs you! Scotland’s leading Armed Forces charity is searching for new volunteer Scottish Poppy Appeal Area Organiser (AO) to lead the fundraising push in a dozen key areas this year and beyond.

Poppyscotland Head of Fundraising Gordon Michie explains: “We’re looking for individuals, businesses, groups of friends, or community organisations that have good organisational skills to step forward to lead this year’s Appeal in a number of areas. Last year, these 12 areas accounted for more than £28,000 in collections, but, without your help, we will struggle to collect even a fraction of that amount and this will have a profoundly detrimental impact on our beneficiaries.”

Poppyscotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

The Royal British Legion Scotland’s Annual Festival of Remembrance

The Royal British Legion Scotland’s annual Festival of Remembrance is on Saturday November 3, in the Caird Hall, Dundee, and there’s a terrific musical line-up and of course the traditional ecumenical Act of Remembrance.

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland head the musical programme, along with Regular and Reserve pipers and drummers, Royal Marine buglers, Legion Scotland Sweetheart Amy Hawthorn, and the traditional ecumenical Act of Remembrance.

As this year’s event marks the centenary of Armistice Day, demand for tickets may well be heavy.

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo supports the RNRMC

The world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has awarded the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) a grant of £186,250.

The generous grant from the Tattoo will help the RNRMC to continue supporting sailors, marines, veterans and their families, for life.

Located at the historic Edinburgh Esplanade, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual international spectacular that sees over 1,200 diverse performers from around the world take part.  Approximately 220,000 people flock to Edinburgh each year to view the Tattoo’s array of inspiring performances with an audience of 100 million watching the coverage worldwide.

Following the Royal Navy’s presentational lead in 2017, the year of the Royal Navy, this year they were on hand to support the RAF’s centenary under the show’s theme ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ with the Royal Marines Band Plymouth taking the lead for the Senior Service.

Every year, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, should it generate excess earnings awards a generous proportion of its surplus to service charities and charitable arts organisations. It is the seventh year that the Tattoo has generously supported the RNRMC.

RNRMC (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD in ex-Service personnel

Thanks to a grant award of £97,444 by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) to Edinburgh Napier University, an innovative research project will test how prevalent a new type of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), known as Complex PTSD (CPTSD)*, is in ex-Service personnel in order to provide more appropriate treatment.

This is the first study to test the theory on ex-Service personnel, though 10 previous studies have supported there being a difference between the two disorders. CPTSD culminates from childhood trauma and multiple traumatisation and there is a need for a different treatment approach to PTSD.


Funding Scotland opportunities

Funding Scotland is a free database with details of funding and grants available to third sector organisations across Scotland.

Take a look at the latest opportunities listed in the last two weeks.

Challenge Poverty Week events

As part of this year's Challenge Poverty Week (1-7 October 2018) SCVO are hosting some free events with a focus on poverty - find out more & sign up on our website:
     Remembrance Events

29 Oct 18 - Garden of Remembrance Edinburgh

30 Oct 18 - Garden of Remembrance Glasgow

03 Nov 18 - Concert of Remembrance

09 Nov 18 – Concert of Remembrance, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh

11 Nov 18 – Remembrance Sunday

11 Nov 18 - Edinburgh Armistice 100 Procession and Service of Commemoration

Additional information on these and other events is also available on the Legion Scotland website here

Upcoming Events & Activities


If you are looking to hold any Comradeship or Remembrance events in your local area, let us know about them so they can be included here.
Register your Event Here

In our September newsletter we look at the onboarding process and how you as an employer can make an ex-military employee's first 100 days a success. We also ask the question: are businesses missing a trick by not running a veterans’ training programme alongside their graduate or apprenticeship programmes and thereby helping bridge the gap between military life and the civilian workplace?

Salute My Job 
 (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Legion Scotland Today Magazine

The latest issue of the Legion Scotland Today Magazine has now been issued.  A link to the online version is available below.

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Combat Stress launches new mental health magazine

“The new @CombatStress magazine aims to help anyone who may be struggling with their mental health. Subscribe for stories, expert interviews and lifestyle features to help you take good care of your #mentalhealth.

Combat Stress (Members of Veterans Scotland)

The Lookout

All the latest news from RNRMC

Blesma Monthly Highlights


Scottish Government's
Housing Guide

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

A PDF copy of the guide is available here.

A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel

Unforgotten Forces Newsletter No. 2 - Summer 2018

Please find a link below to the Summer 2018 Newsletter for the Unforgotten Forces project which supports older military veterans in Scotland age 65 and over.

We hope that you may find this interesting and please feel free to forward it to any individuals or organisations you think it may be relevant for – particularly those that might refer older veterans to us for the sorts of support we can provide.

Further information reference referrals and contact details etc. are included on the final page.



Poppyscotland is looking to ‘Light Up Red’ the whole of Scotland this year in recognition of the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world forever. The charity is calling on mass involvement from schools, churches, council buildings, monuments, statues and landmarks to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

If you have a building with external lighting, and can get hold of red gel filters for those lights, then why not join the national ‘Thank You’ movement to illuminate your premises red from 5th until 11th November. Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “It’s fantastic to know that Scotland will be lighting up red once again for the Scottish Poppy Appeal, and we continue to be amazed by the country’s support. We have already received the support of around 50 landmarks that will ‘Light Up Red’ but we want even more to join this exciting project.

SCVO Updates

Governance Code consultation summary
Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum has been working to develop a Scottish Governance Code for the third sector, setting out the core principles of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland. A draft Code was put out to consultation in July 2018, receiving 250 responses - and the results are in! Take a look at the consultation summary. 
Good charity governance is more important than ever before. The team at Third Force News is exploring what it’s like to hold a trustee role and what challenges trustees face, so if you're a charity board member, please take their survey before 12 October 2018 and share your experience.

CCRF - fund now open for applications

Since its launch in June 2015, the Community Capacity and Resilience Fund has made grants of £880,000 to third sector organisations across Scotland which have been tackling the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities.

Applications to the fund from new projects are now open to Scottish third sector organisations with an income of £250,000 or less - find out more and apply!

Comms & marketing made easy

Everyone working in the third sector can play a positive part in the promotion of your charity’s mission and work - you just need to think, plan and be organised. Sign up to the SCVO brand new training course with Electrify PR in Edinburgh on 8 November to hone your communications skills!

Royal British Legion Scotland says Thank You


The Royal British Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland have been asked by the Royal British Legion to assist in the delivery of their “Thank You” project in Scotland.  With Remembrance being led by the Legion since 1921, the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 2018 is going to be one of the most memorable and significant moments in the history of the Legion and the entire nation.

During the last 100 days of the centenary, from 8th August to 11th November we want to encourage everyone to thank those who fought, those who returned and those who worked to rebuild the country for future generations and achieved incredible advancements in many areas including medicine, the arts and everyday life.

We are inviting our members and supporters to take part in a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrifice and changed our world.  Those who fell on the battlefields. Those who returned. Those who served on the home front, in the farms and factories. And all those who after the war built a new world – our world.  We want everyone to join us, and say thank you in their own way?

If you would like to get involved you can get more information by emailing us at 

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

Royal British Legion Scotland Thank You Coin


We are delighted to announce the Royal British Legion Scotland has commissioned a limited-edition coin in a beautiful presentation box to commemorate Armistice 100 and say Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world during the First World War. 


The coin is engraved on one side with the Thank You logo featuring the Scottish Poppy in bold Red and the words “All who served, sacrificed and changed our world 1918 – 2018.  On the other side it features the famous words of Laurence Binyon “at the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them” surrounding the proud and distinguished badge of the Royal British Legion Scotland – with “We said Thank You.”

The coins are now available for purchase at the special price of £15 plus P&P with a minimum of £5 from every coin being donated to the Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Legion Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)


Scotland’s largest membership charity for veterans is on the lookout for volunteers to help tackle isolation and loneliness among the Armed Forces community.

Legion Scotland’s recruitment drive for its Veterans Community Support Service, which was launched last year, is asking people to spare a few hours in order to improve support for veterans and their families in the community.

Kevin Gray MM, Chief Executive Officer of Legion Scotland, said: “We have experienced a huge increase in demand for our unique service since it was launched in July 2017. In this time, we have helped nearly 300 veterans get back on their feet and feel confident with their surroundings, and this is all down to our fabulous volunteers who give their time freely to help others. There is more to be done and we need your help to do more for those who have served the nation.

Leigon Scotland (Members of Veterans Scotland)

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