09 July 2021 (Edition - Issue 26)

Erskine Veterans’ Radio will be music to your ears. 

Erskine’s radio station offers a mix of music, weekly guests and we share how your support makes a difference.
For many of us, listening to the radio is part of our everyday routine. It offers a level companionship with uplifting music, and helps us keep up to date with the latest news.
The one hour radio shows are hosted by industry professional, Ian Brannan and are available live and on demand every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 12 noon, repeated at 3pm and 7pm on those same days.
There are three easy ways to tune in to Erskine Veterans Radio:
• On your Alexa smart speaker, the first time say Alexa, enable the Erskine Veterans Radio skill” and from then on you can simply say Alexa, play Erskine Veterans Radio.
• On your Google home speaker, simply say Hey Google, Talk to Erskine Veterans Radio.
Download the Erskine Veterans Radio app for your Apple or Android device; simply search for it in the app store.
Veterans, families of residents and Erskine supporters can send messages and dedications by visiting and emailing or on the mobile app.
We hope you enjoy listening in and look forward to keeping you even more updated with how your support makes a difference to the lives of Veterans and their families.
Employment, Training & Transition Support

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. 


We're so excited to share with you our NEW HireVue interview practice and personality assessment tools!

Helping military personnel to stand-out at the interview stage, our new tools give you the resources to identify your professional skills and hone your interview technique ahead of the big event. 

Our new interview tool gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect your interview technique through a series of specially-developed mock video interviews.

Our new AI-driven self-awareness & personality assessment tool uses a game style-quiz to help you to determine which career best suits your natural skills and abilities.



Extra support for armed forces veterans claiming Universal Credit

Ex-armed forces personnel are being urged to tell the Department for Work and Pensions they are veterans when applying for Universal Credit in order to access a wealth of additional support tailored to their specific needs.

The DWP has introduced a simple tick box on its Universal Credit online application form to make it as easy as possible.

Veterans who tick it will be assigned a specialist armed forces champion work coach who will deliver tailored employment support and benefits advice as well as sign-post them to other organisations where appropriate.

Previously, the DWP learned of a person’s veteran status when they had their first work coach interview, but now those processing applications will know from the first day a claim is made.

Every Jobcentre Plus district in the country now has an armed forces champion standing by to support former services personnel and their families.

Paul Paskins, an armed forces champions lead, said: “Claiming financial support shouldn’t be a worry when adjusting to civilian life.

“We want service personnel and their families to feel confident in claiming the benefits they’re entitled to, and access the support that is on offer through Jobcentre Plus.

"They will assist them to help remove the barriers to work, help with CVs, interview skills and finding a job. A raft of support is available.”

Minister for Welfare Delivery, Will Quince, said: “Those who are serving in the armed forces provide an invaluable contribution to society and it’s important they, and their families, feel fully supported when claiming benefits.

“Former personnel have a unique set of highly transferable skills and ensuring they receive the best support right from the start is a key part of why the employment rate for veterans is even higher than in the general population.

“This move will help us better match our resources to demand, and enable us to carry out further research on employment outcomes for veterans.”

All generations came together (Image: Jon Knight)

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty, said the extra support underlined the Government's commitment to ensuring that veterans get the support they need.

He said: “I encourage all veterans applying for Universal Credit to access this specialist service, so we can continue to support you, including with DWP's armed forces champions."

The new network of 50 local champions are stationed in Jobcentres in England, Scotland and Wales alongside an additional 11 armed forces champions Leads.

Many armed forces champions have themselves previously served in the forces and draw upon their own experiences to help veterans move forward.

To find out more about Universal Credit visit the Understanding Universal Credit website.

Funding & Financial Support

Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund has been established to support the sustainability of third sector Armed Forces Community organisations whose operations and income have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The fund will offer grants towards core operating and running costs until the end of March 2022.

The fund is open to third sector organisations whose primary charitable purpose is to support the Armed Forces Community, as well as organisations for whom the Armed Forces Community comprise a significant portion of their beneficiaries.

The maximum grant amount that an organisation can apply for will be determined by the number of Armed Forces Community beneficiaries that are supported. Further details about this are included in the eligibility criteria below.

The fund will open for applications on Friday 4th June. The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Friday 16th July. All applications are to be completed online using the link to the application form which will appear at the bottom of this page on 4th June.

Before starting an application it is extremely important that you read the eligibility criteria and exclusions.

Further information can be found on the website link below:
Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund
Latest news
Funding for activities that connect and support people within their local community
The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund, administered by Corra Foundation, has reopened for applications with refreshed criteria. The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a £1 million Scottish Government fund administered by Corra Foundation. Over £600,000 has been distributed in phase one (February – May 2021). The next phase, which opened on 1 July, will support …Continue reading“Funding for activities that connect and support people within their local…
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Adapt & Thrive Programme closing soon
The Adapt & Thrive strand of the Community and Third Sector Resilience Programme (CTSRP) will close to applications at 9am Monday 19 July. Adapt & Thrive has played an important role in helping the third sector to transition to recovery during these uncertain times. From 1 September 2020 to 30 June 2021, it has made …Continue reading“Adapt & Thrive Programme closing soon”
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Places Called Home Fund – short deadline
IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to grow thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK. Places Called Home is a new £1.5 million fund that aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people. The aim is to build on …Continue reading“Places Called Home Fund – short deadline”
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Plugged-in Communities Pilot grant fund – Registration of Interest
Energy Saving Trust are currently looking for community transport services in Scotland interested in adopting electric or hydrogen vehicles. Energy Saving Trust can offer funding to a limited number of organisations for the procurement of a zero-emission vehicle as part of a pilot grant fund. This funding is available through the Plugged-in Communities fund managed by Energy …Continue reading“Plugged-in Communities Pilot grant fund – Registration of Interest”
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Funding to tackle the digital divide and help adults furthest away from learning
The VocTech Challenge Grant Fund is now open for applications and they are especially keen to hear from organisations in Scotland. This call is for projects that address the VocTech Challenge: How can VocTech address barriers and build bridges to create a step-change in learner confidence and motivation, leading to better outcomes for the learner, for the …Continue reading“Funding to tackle the digital divide and help adults furthest away from learning”
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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: If you have any queries, please contact

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Welcome to the Money Map

Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Map will help you find sources of online support to: 

  • Increase your income 
  • Reduce your bills 
  • Ease the costs of daily living


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.


Positive Futures – getting transition right in Scotland

The Commissioner’s Positive Futures work is about ensuring that we have in place the right support towards a positive destination rather than just any destination so that all veterans can reach their full potential on civvy street. The benefits of ‘a good transition’ reach far beyond individuals themselves. Our communities, employers and society in general all benefit when veterans transition well. The challenge for government and society is to set the right conditions for a seamless transition, where individual needs and aspirations can be supported flexibly and consistently. To get this right, transition services and support processes need to be integrated, flexible and built around the individual. Scotland has the capability of delivering this approach, which aligns with the Scottish Government’s ambitions for its wellbeing economy. Each report contains recommendations for government aimed at securing more positives outcomes for our veterans and their families who choose to settle in Scotland.

The latest report looks at Housing and Making a Home in Civilian Society and can be found here 

Further information is available on the SVC website here

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 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.



Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

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

News and Other Updates

Blesma Summer Magazine

Royal Air Force Rejoiners & Transferees

The Royal Air Force Rejoiner & Service Transfer Team are trying to give the enclosed information the widest circulation possible.
  • Fast Entry 
  • Up to age 57 
  • Re-entry at different rank levels (subject to experience) 
Further information can be found on the following web site; 

How To Get Into Information & Communications Technology (ICT) After The Military

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Technology is constantly developing, adapting and improving. From computers and smartphones to wifi and cloud services, technology is an indispensable component in our day-to-day lives and, especially since the coronavirus pandemic, impacts how we work, communicate and much more. 

As the driving force behind how modern life functions and evolves, technology is an inspiring, challenging and rewarding industry to work in. It presents a myriad of exciting career opportunities from app development and web design to IT consulting and software or cloud engineering. Though some of the roles are very techy, many are well-suited to generalist military skills and rely heavily on transferable qualities such as good communication skills, adaptability and team leadership. 

If you have the right drive and skillset, the Information and Communications Technology sector can open career opportunities with almost any company around the world. In this guide you will learn more about the IT industry, whether it is the right industry for you, what makes ex-military personnel suitable for a career in technology and what employment and training opportunities there are in the technological space. This guide will cover the following topics: 

1. What is ICT?

2. Why work in ICT

3. Is ICT the right career path for me? 

4. What opportunities exist in ICT? 

5. How can I get into ICT? 

Venture Trust

Do you, your team or organisation work with young people 16-25 facing one or more of the following issues:
  • care-experienced background
  • involvement in offending / anti-social behaviour
  • history of substance misuse
  • homelessness
  • low academic achievement
  • fragmented family relationships
  • early stage social work involvement
  • young service leavers
Then we are looking to work with you. 

Venture Trust is now taking referrals for our Inspiring Young Futures programme. We deliver a community and wilderness-based model of personal social development for young people in Scotland. Outdoor activity and experiential learning techniques are used as a mechanism for building confidence and raising aspiration.

We have supported thousands of young people to gain the essential skills that has supported them to build and maintain effective relationships, be more job ready and have the confidence to take up training or education opportunities.

Where? We take referrals for:
Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian, Fife, Stirling, Falkirk, Clacks. Dundee, Perth, Angus, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
What? Our programme for young people is fully funded, and is tailored to individuals with a specific range of issues.

When? We take referrals all year round.

You can find more details of the programme - eligibility, content, how to apply and more - here: Inspiring Young Futures. Or download a brochure. 

Our Venture Trust Outreach Team will also be happy to speak with you directly and provide further information.

Please circulate to your teams, and partners.

If you want to make a referral to our upcoming programmes please complete our webform: 
Secure referral webform

Or if you want to know more about how we can work with you and your organisation please get in touch. 

Contact us:
or - if you have a secure email

Telephone: 0131 228 7700

Refer now

Digital Money for Seniors

It explores key facts and challenges faced by the elderly in a world increasingly accustomed to digital banking.

Our guide shares important insights such as:

  • How the rapid move towards online banking and digital services risks leaving older people behind.
  • The importance of digital inclusion and age-friendly banking to reliably meet the needs of the elderly. 
  • Great examples of industry initiatives that help teach and support seniors to use digital services.
  • Useful tips and advice to offer help to elderly relatives or friends when using smartphones and the internet.

Our research found that:

  • 42% of over 75s (nearly two million people in England) weren’t using the internet and are still digitally excluded.
  • 49% of people aged 55 and over said they weren’t confident using an app to apply for a credit card or loan.
  • Bank branches and cashpoints (ATMs), relied upon by many seniors, are disappearing at a rapid rate across the UK.

New research to investigate the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £221,000 to Shared Intelligence in partnership with RAND Europe and Meri Mayhew Consulting to examine the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The project will follow on from the previous Our Community-Our Covenant reports and will go beyond examining how the Armed Forces Covenant is delivered, to evaluate the impact of the Covenant in reducing disadvantage for the Armed Forces Community and how the work of public sector organisations has developed as a result. This UK-wide project will provide a baseline for future impact evaluation before certain aspects of the Covenant are enshrined into law through the anticipated Armed Forces Bill 2021. The project will also explore the impact of Covid-19, and other challenges, on the public sector’s ability to deliver the Covenant, as well as identifying areas of best practice where success can be shared.

Two Weeks Until Public Vote Opens for Soldiering On Awards!

Plus, watch the incredible videos from our Family Values and Working Together finalists so far.

Starting from Monday 26 July, the public can start voting in the first of this year’s three Soldiering On Awards public vote categories. The first category is the Sporting Excellence Award; an award to honour a person that has overcome challenges in pursuit of sporting excellence, demonstrating outstanding achievement in the field of sport and contributing to the endeavours and advancement of the Armed Forces Community.

Our 2021 finalists are: Jeffrey Long MBE, Josh Boggi, Neil Heritage and Sally Orange. Read all about them here.

The public will be able to read their stories, watch their videos, and, for two weeks only, will be able to cast their vote. Last year we saw over 12,000 votes being cast and we can’t wait for you all to choose your winners again this year!

Visit to watch some of the incredible videos we have released so far – and stay tuned for so many more to come!

Officer raises over £3,000 by cycling 900km from Glasgow to London

Lt Cdr Doc Cox, UK Armed Forces Director of Rugby, has raised over £3,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and NHS Charities Together by completing an epic cycle ride from Glasgow to London.

Lt Cdr Doc Cox, alongside his team, travelled over 900km from Glasgow SEC (NHS Louisa Jordan) to the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel in London, to raise money for SSAFA and NHS Charities Together.

Local volunteer receives 20-year Long Service Award

A local volunteer from Crieff has been awarded a Long Service Award on behalf of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity by The Lord Lieutenant.

Nancy Johnston was presented with a Long Service Award on Saturday 3 July by HM The Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie, to recognise over 20-years voluntary service to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Nancy first volunteered for SSAFA in the 1980s in Hannover, BAOR, and was the Service Committee Treasurer. She then become the Service Committee Chair in Iserlohn/Hemer, also in BAOR, in the 1990s.

Nancy said:

I had known about the work that SSAFA did right from the start of my life as an Army wife as my husband had worked closely with SSAFA Sisters.”

“When he retired after 35 years as an Army Medical officer in 2000, we returned to Scotland and I met someone from the local Branch. Shortly afterwards, I was signed up as a volunteer to support the local Armed Forces community.”

Since joining SSAFA Perth & Kinross, Nancy has obtained the roles of Publicity Officer, Branch Secretary and supported the branch as a Training Officer and Fundraiser.

In 2012, Nancy was awarded the British Empire Medal for her service to SSAFA.

She continued:

“It was a huge surprise to be awarded the Long Service Award and have it presented by HM The Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Stephen Leckie, and his cadet for recognition of 20 years’ service to SSAFA Perth and Kinross.”

Due to annual leave there will not be an issue of the newsletter next week. 

If you have items for inclusion then still forward them to and we will look to include in the next issue.
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