06 November 2020 (Edition - Issue 49)

Remembrance events across the country cancelled due to COVID

The annual national remembrance events that were scheduled to take place in Edinburgh on Remembrance Sunday (8 November 2020) and Armistice Day (11 November 2020) will not be open to the public following confirmation of Coronavirus guidelines by the Scottish Government.


Under the Scottish Government Strategic Framework outdoor standing events are not permitted in areas placed in Levels 1 to 4, which means that traditional remembrance services and parades at outdoor war memorials must be cancelled. Services held in places of worship can proceed if undertaken in line with Government guidelines but will be limited in size.


However, Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland are encouraging alternative arrangements to be made for marking remembrance this year.  The public are being encouraged to take to their doorsteps at 11am on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to mark the two-minute silence.  The BBC will televise proceedings from the Cenotaph in London on the 8 November and both charities will be broadcasting a virtual service of remembrance on 11 November.

Chief Executive of Legion Scotland, Dr Claire Armstrong, said:

“Coronavirus must not cancel remembrance, but public safety is paramount. The Scottish Government guidance means that it is simply not safe to proceed with our planned national events. It also means that for most of the country, local remembrance events cannot take place either. However, we can and must take time as a nation to observe the two-minute silence safely, and ensure we come together in spirit to pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“While we cannot stage our traditional Remembrance Sunday event at Edinburgh’s Stone of Remembrance, we will be holding a small private service and wreath laying within the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle, highlights of which will be broadcast via the news media and our social media channels afterwards.  This service will be conducted in strict adherence with Scottish Government guidelines on places of worship, with only a very small, invited number of wreath layers in attendance.  Legion Scotland will also lay wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance on behalf of those organisation who would normally attend in person.”

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s restrictions and the implications for the remembrance period, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, said:

“Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for people in Scotland to join with others across the world to commemorate those who laid down their lives for their country, but the pandemic has made that much more difficult this year.

“We understand it will be disappointing to many people that national services will not be open to the public, however, due to the risk of public gatherings spreading the virus and endangering lives, we would encourage those who want to pay their respects to do so safely in other ways.

“It is vitally important that all of us abide by the restrictions to help save lives and protect the NHS as we are remembering the incredible sacrifice that so many have made.”

The 2020 Scottish Poppy Appeal continues, albeit with thousands of volunteers forced to stay at home. This has seen Scotland’s biggest annual street collection badly affected with much of the vital fundraising now taking place online.

Mark Collins, Chief Executive of Poppyscotland added:

“So many of our traditional and planned remembrance activities cannot proceed and that comes with great disappointment to many, myself included. Remembrance remains a period of personal reflection and while we cannot share in that moment in the usual way, we can and must continue to remember those who have sacrificed so much for us in new and different ways.

“Our Armed Forces community rely on the vital, life-changing support provided by Poppyscotland and this is largely made possible by the donations we receive to the Scottish Poppy Appeal. That is why I am urging the public to donate differently this year.

“We have launched a number of new digital innovations including our Virtual Field of Remembrance, QR codes and contactless chips on poppy boxes and our Donate, Download and Display campaign. Many supermarket collections are also continuing, and poppies are still widely available from the usual outlets. As we approach the final few days of the Appeal, we’re urging the public to show their support online like never before. Our Armed Forces community are counting on us all.”

The Scottish Government guidelines on remembrance events can be viewed at:

To donate to the Scottish Poppy Appeal visit:

General Support
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.

It also include details of Armed Forces and Veterans Champions from across Scotland.

V1P Lothian Resilience guide - COVID-19

V1P Lothian has developed this Resilience guide to help you navigate through this very difficult time. Our world is ever-changing at the moment. It would be hard not to worry about COVID-19 and how it could affect your life, and those you love. Worry, anxiety and difficulties with our mood are common problems at the best of times, and now this might feel overwhelming.

A PDF Copy of the guide is available here

THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT -A Guide for Local Authorities: How to deliver the Covenant in your area


Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

The updated copy of the information booklet (August 2020) is available via the link here

Scotland Guide

The guide was developed as a collaborative effort between Veterans Scotland, Skills Development Scotland and Army HQ Scotland.  Its aim is to provide information to those currently serving in the Armed Forces, Service Leavers and their families who are thinking of settling in Scotland. The Scottish Government aims to make Scotland the destination of choice for service leavers and their families and a great quality of life is certainly here for the taking.

Education, Employment & Training Support

 A Better Working Future for Ex-Service Personnel

A collaborative approach to employment of the ex-Service community, in partnership with Forces in Mind Trust

Background and Aims Employment of ex-Service personnel remains one of the principle challenges for all organisations looking to ensure that ex-Service personnel and their families can build successful civilian lives. But the world of work is changing faster than ever before. The types of jobs available as well as the skills needed to do them are changing faster than many people can keep up with. Combined with effects of an ageing workforce, automation, a growing skills shortage and the impacts of the UK’s exit from the EU, navigating the UK jobs market is as difficult and confusing as it has ever been.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. They contribute to
Scotland’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills.  Like many, they have had to alter how they deliver some of their services.  Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, they have produced a series of Webinars that offer an insight into the support that is available from their staff in your local SDS Office and they include some excellent tips on how to understand the current labour market and help you focus your job search.  SDS support is available to all members of the Armed Forces Community, Serving, Veterans and their Families.


The cyber security sector is now growing 4x faster than any other sector - and demand continues to increase during the COVID pandemic. You may be thinking that cyber is just for the techies but a generalist military background can be enough to enter into the cyber industry as employers really value the security knowledge, skills and experience you bring.
So, if you're interested in finding out more about how to get into the cyber industry or would like to access relevant opportunities specifically for veterans, SaluteMyJob can help. SaluteMyJob’s improved cyber solution offers free support and opportunities to Service leavers and veterans at any stage of their career path; from those interested in a cyber career but not sure how to get there to those with a high level of cyber security experience.
  • Valuable cyber resources, guides and best practice
  • Free online digital training courses
  • Job shadowing and paid work placement opportunities
  • Job opportunities
SOC Analyst - Winchester
Our client is looking for a military veteran with an enthusiasm and interest in Information Security to take on the role of SOC Analyst. As part of the Security Operations Centre team, you will monitor computer security events and are the first line of defence in protecting information systems from internal and external threats. APPLY NOW
IT Systems Manager - Willesden Euro terminal
£40k-£45k pa. The IT Systems Manager will join an established logistics team that manages construction logistics across the HS2 main works. They will be responsible for establishing and operating the Rail Logistics IT system across the geographic area. Full training on this bespoke system will be provided. APPLY NOW
Financial Crime Compliance Programme Manager - London
:£100k pa. This newly created role offers a unique opportunity to join the world’s leading auction house. You'll be part of their Global Compliance & Business Integrity team and will focus on the financial crime threats they face now and in the future, pioneering the techniques and technology that protect their business from the harms associated with financial crime. APPLY NOW

Scotland Jobs
Funding & Financial Support



Scottish Veterans Fund 2021-2022

The £200,000 Scottish Veterans Fund is open for bids from projects that improve the lives of former service personnel. The 2021/22 fund, supported by the Scottish Government and Standard Life Aberdeen, also funds groups who help the families of veterans. This year the criteria has been extended to include projects which address the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the veterans community.

Copies of the grant application form and application guidance document are available via the links below.  Please note these have been updated from previous years forms and guidance.

Scottish Government press release on the Scottish Veterans Fund

The Closing date for bids is Monday 30th November 2020

The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide pandemic-based and other grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week.  The deadlines for normal grant applications this year is the the end of Dec 20.  The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K and the application process is online, here:

If you have any queries, please contact us at


Workplace Equality Fund and Women Returners Programme for 2020 to 2021.

These funds offer immediate support to equality groups in the current Covid-19 environment and ensure that work to promote and embed workplace equality continues so that equality groups are not further disadvantaged in the labour market as a result of the effects of Covid-19. Both fund’s now specifically reference Female spouses of veterans; and Female veterans in their criteria.
The purpose of the Workplace Equality Fund is to fund charitable organisations who will work with private employers or public bodies to address long standing barriers particular groups face in entering and progressing in the labour market.
The Women’s Returner programme aims to support women across Scotland who have had a career break due to childcare, other care or health commitments and have a particular focus on supporting women who experience multiple barriers to employment, e.g. older women, disabled women, lone parents, minority ethnic women, women affected by domestic abuse, women from rural or SIMD areas, female veterans/spouses of veterans and also focus on sectors where women are significantly underrepresented in the workforce and at senior levels.
More information on both funds and how organisations can apply can be found at:

Hardship grants open to licensed sports and social clubs

Economy Secretary confirms eligibility for more licensed businesses required by law to close or operate with specific restrictions.

Hardship and closure grants will be paid to bowling and other sports clubhouses which are licensed to serve alcohol.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“Earlier this month, we announced a £40 million Fund to support specific businesses currently required to close or operate with restrictions. Some sporting and other clubs have asked for explicit confirmation that they are eligible and I am pleased to confirm that we will be supporting those businesses.

Scottish Government has also confirmed that hardship grants can be paid to sports clubs, gyms and others in the central belt that operate from their own non-domestic premises and are have not been allowed to run or charge for group exercise classes since 9th October.

Applications for these funds close at 5 pm on 3rd November.

They will be replaced by a new form of support - linked to the new Strategic Framework - which will provide eligible businesses with grants of up to £3,000 every four weeks. “As we move into the new Framework next week, I want to again recognise the sacrifices that businesses have made during this period. By continuing to work together to suppress this virus we can come through the other side with a fair, sustainable and wellbeing economy that will benefit us all.”


Read details of current £40 million Fund and how to apply.
Last week the Scottish Government announced support for businesses which are required to close or are constrained by measures in place from 2 November.

Housing Support

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.  

Housing in Scotland Guide

Poppyscotland have recently produced an information guide for their Housing in Scotland booklet.

Membership News and Other Updates

After a successful Operation Bletchley in July, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has brought back its virtual codebreaking challenge in time for Christmas.
Registration is now open for Operation Bletchley: Christmas in Berlin. The 12 days of Christmas but not as you know it.
Participants will immerse themselves in 1948 walking through Soviet territory, decrypting vital intelligence about the blockade, and helping to bring stranded contacts back to HQ. We’re encouraging supporters to be a part of something incredible this winter whilst supporting The Soldiers' Charity by signing up today.
More information can be found here:


Scottish veteran’s charity awarded £47K Comic Relief grant

Veteran homelessness charity Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) has received a generous grant from Comic Relief’s Homeless Response Fund to help it absorb some of the financial impact of Covid-19.

Administered by Comic Relief’s partner Homeless Link, the grant more than £47K will support the SVR’s ongoing operations which have incurred significant additional costs since the outbreak of the global pandemic. The funds will be used to cover extra cleaning measures, disposable catering supplies, further lockdown activities for residents and additional staffing costs.

SVR has been operating for more than 100 years providing accommodation and services for UK military veterans who are experiencing homelessness. The charity’s housing support services in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow provide accommodation for up to 160 veterans at one time.

Martin Nadin OBE, Chief Executive SVR said,

“We are grateful to Comic Relief and Homeless Link for this generous donation to help cover our operating costs which have increased significantly due to Covid-19. This financial support will all be focused on the health and wellbeing of our veteran residents as we progress through this public health crisis.”

Looking for your help.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies to publish equality outcomes every four years. Working in partnership - Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian Councils (including their education authorities and Midlothian’s licensing board), NHS Lothian, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership and East Lothian Integrated Joint Board have developed a set of draft equality themes and outcomes for 2021-2025. These are based on research and evidence from different sources and on conversations with services and organisations that work to help and support people.
This week, we launched our consultation on the draft equality outcomes. Equality outcomes aim to achieve specific and identifiable improvements in people’s quality of life, eliminate discrimination and promote understanding between people.
Therefore, it is important that people with a variety of life and personal experiences share their thoughts on these.
Please encourage your colleagues / members / networks to give us their views  Their feedback will influence the development of the final outcomes and help us to agree actions that can make a difference to people's lives.
Thank you for kind help and support with this.
Best regards,
Garry Sneddon
Senior Policy & Insight Officer

Introducing the AFCT Project Finder

The Trust is excited to announce the launch of our very own app, the AFCT Project Finder.

Our free app, available on both Apple and Android networks, is the new way to discover and access the Trust funded projects in your local area.

With easy-to-navigate categories such as Get Active, Improve My Wellbeing, Supporting Additional Needs and more… we’re delighted to be able to showcase the great work taking place across the UK in support of the Armed Forces community.

Our Project Finder can even be accessed via our website, simply click below to be taken straight to our interactive project map.

There, you’ll also find download links to take our Project Finder mobile.

Is the AFCT Project Finder for me?

Yes, if you’re part of the Armed Forces community and want to find out more about the great work taking place in your local area and beyond!

Every project featured on the app is currently in receipt of funding from the Trust, with each one supporting Service personnel, veterans, Service families or all three.

You’ll also find a range of drop-in centres affiliated to the Association of Ex-Service Drop-In Centres (ASDIC). So, if you’re looking for a friendly place to go, why not see what’s in your area.

Find out more here.

Remembering the 100th anniversary of The Unknown Warrior

This year, on 11 November, marks the 100th anniversary of the Unknown Warrior – an unidentified body chosen to represent all the soldiers, airmen and sailors who were lost in the First World War.

Brigadier General Louis John Wyatt was the General Officer in command of British troops in France and Flanders, as well as Director of graves, registrations, and enquiries. In this capacity, in a makeshift chapel at St Pol in France, Wyatt chose the body of a soldier to represent the Unknown Warrior. This unidentified body was chosen to represent the many lives lost and was buried with reverence in Westminster Abbey.

Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said:

“Bringing to life the story of how the Unknown Warrior was selected, and Brigadier General Wyatt’s part in it, is of national importance, not least given the comfort many households drew after the Great War from the thought that the Serviceperson might be their relative.  Marking the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey is a time to reflect again on the service and the sacrifices made by those in our Armed Forces; SSAFA is there to honour that debt, as we were 100 years ago, for those who need assistance.”

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity encourages the public to take a moment to remember the Unknown Warrior and those who never made it home. Show your support for this poignant moment of military history, and for the vital work that SSAFA carries out today at:

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We will be conducting a viewing at this property, however all precautions and social distancing advice from the Government regarding Covid-19 will be taken. If you would like to attend the viewing or have concerns please get in touch to discuss further
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We are working on an office suite which is available for a charity. This office can be used for administration.

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One of our client’s currently has premises located in the Edinburgh area that has been vacant for a while. They would now like to offer this space to Charities on a rent and business rates free basis. We deal directly with the landlord and have researched this property to ensure it meets our strict criteria.  Leases are drawn up in-house by our legal team so there are no costs to the charity. The lease term for our properties are usually 1 – 3 years with a landlord and charity rolling 28-day break clause in the lease.  Charities only pays for what utilities they use whilst they are the leaseholders.
Since 2008, we have worked with 100’s of local, regional and national charities in helping them secure suitable premises to run their operations from.  If you, as a charity, have any other property requirements, please let us know and we will see if we can source a property for you, whether it is an office, shop or an industrial unit, please get in touch.
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