February 2018
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The Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre

The Erskine Reid Macewen Activity Centre aims to enhance the quality of life and wellbeing of veterans in the community, providing the opportunity to engage with people who have shared experiences and history, learn new skills, explore a number of interests and access support services.


Information Leaflet

Defence Secretary shows commitment to Armed Forces mental health with over £220-million funding and new helpline

Gavin Williamson has pledged to increase funding for Armed Forces mental health services over the next decade and launched new Military Mental Health Helpline

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has pledged to increase funding for Armed Forces mental health services to £220-million over the next decade and launched the new 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline.

The new number – 0800 323 4444 – has been open and ready to take calls from midday on Sunday. It will be backed up by a major internal communications campaign on mental fitness across the services.

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Glasgow’s Helping Heroes celebrate new location

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes held an Open Day to celebrate its new offices at The Pearce Institute on Tuesday 13 February. Following the successful event, attendee MSP Annie Wells, who lodged a Parliamentary Motion about the service.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a partnership between SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and Glasgow City Council, to support the serving community, veterans and their families. ‘The team offer holistic help and advice on issues such as housing, employment and training, dealing with debt or financial issues as well as assistance relating to health problems.

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Legion Scotland Service Delivery Update

Veteran’s Community Support Service.

#TakeTheTime - How loneliness impacts Scotland's elderly – Legion Scotland and Befriending Networks have partnered with local radio stations throughout Scotland to campaign for volunteers that will help tackle Isolation and Loneliness. Legion Scotland, is offering new volunteers the opportunity to become Veterans Community Support Volunteers. 

Volunteer Recruitment - Co-ordinators continue to recruit new volunteers within each area; currently, 35 Community Support Volunteers have been recruited, 14 of those are Legion Scotland members.

Types of Support Requested

Support requests come in many different forms and can change after the initial visit, Isolation and loneliness (135) as expected tops the list followed by General Support and Advise (28), after that Signposting and Housing. 

Advocacy and Pensions Appeal
New financial years started on the 1st November, and up until now, 54 appeals have been listed for hearing up until the end of February 2018.  Of these 54 appeals, 24 have had final decisions made, and Legion Scotland has achieved success in 9 of these which equates to an estimated financial benefit to Veterans of £132.266.82.
In addition to these appeals, new claims for which we have received the results from the MoD have achieved an estimated benefit to veterans of £24,980.98; a delay continues to exist due to MoD backlogs
The total number of telephone enquiries received between the 1st November 2017 to Wednesday 21st February 2018 was 800.

Further information of pension matters and support are available by either contacting the department on 0131 550 1566 / 0131 55 1565 or by e-mail to

RAF 100

On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force will be celebrating its 100th birthday. To mark this occasion, we want to reflect on our history and our achievements. We also want to celebrate the work the RAF is currently doing and look forward to the next 100 years.

The centenary itself will be marked by special events, activities and other initiatives at local, regional and national levels running from April to the end of November 2018. 

Key events include a Gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 31 March, information on buying tickets can be found here.

Additional information is also available on the website:

Armed Forces Day Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

The Ministry of Defence is providing funding to help organisations in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer to show support for the UK’s servicemen and women, past and present.

Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 (providing the MoD accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

For all enquiries contact:

Armed Forces Day Team 
Ministry of Defence 

Tel: 0207 80 70970
Website Information:

Veterans Scotland Exec Meetings:

22 May 18 - New Haig House
25 Jul 18 -   New Haig House
14 Nov 18 - Exec & AGM Location tbc

Informing Scotland Events

27 Apr 18
- Angus
01 Oct 18 - National Event Edinburgh

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

25 Apr 18 - Anzac Day Service
04 May 18 - Islay 100
29 May 18 - Scottish American Memorial Day
17 Jun 18 - Founder's Day
30 Jun 18 - Edinburgh Armed Forces Day
27 Jul 18 - Scottish Korean War Memorial
09 Nov 18 – Concert of Remembrance, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh
11 Nov 18 – Remembrance Sunday and Armistice 100

Further information is also available on the Legion Scotland website here


Other Events of Interest

01 Apr 18 - RAF100
10 May 18 -  CTP Employment Fair
30 Jun 18 - Armed Forces Day

Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity Newsletter

A link to the RNRMC Newsletter is available here

Blesma – February highlights

Follow this link to all the highlights from the last month from Blesma.

RAF Families Federation 

A link to the RAF eBulletin is available via the link below.

Past Issues are also available via the link here
Veterans Assist  looks to provide information on where veterans or those supporting them can go to seek Information or advice that may assist in their needs. 

Citizen Advice Scotland

There are over 60 Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) across Scotland, offering face-to-face advice on a wide range of issues. CAB are independently run and staffed by well-trained volunteers dedicated to providing high quality, free, confidential, independent advice.

Search your location to find the location, opening times and contact details of your nearest CAB.

Find a Bureau

Data protection advice service from ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a dedicated advice line back in November 2017 to help small organisations prepare for a new data protection law.

The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities and recognises the particular problems they face getting ready for the new law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Follow the link here for more information and advice.

Scotland’s finest musicians commemorate Nurse Mary Mckinnon and the sinking of HM Hospital Ship Glenart Castle  

On the 25th February at 4pm Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine were be performed at St Mary’s church Arisaig to commemorate the life of Mary McKinnon, a nurse from Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service and the 62 souls who were lost at 4am on 26th February 1918 when HM Hospital Ship the Glenart Castle was torpedoed and sank in the Bristol Channel and those from the village of Arisaig who served in the First World War.

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The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 and what it means for your charity

Following considerable scrutiny and debate, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 became law in April 2016. That debate recognised lobbying as a legitimate and valuable part of our democratic process, whilst agreeing that the creation of a public Lobbying Register was appropriate to enhance public transparency, for certain types of lobbying.

The Scottish Parliament was given the duty to develop and implement the systems and guidance to operate the new Lobbying Register and committed to do so within 2 years of the Act being passed.

In the OSCR latest blog, Dougie Wands, Acting Lobbying Registrar, summarises what to expect for those involved in face-to-face lobbying of MSPs, members of the Scottish Government, junior Ministers, Special Advisers or Permanent Secretary.

Read the blog here 

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