13 August 2021 (Edition - Issue 29)

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. 


Have you seen our latest newsletter? It features a great guide to filling your skills gaps after the military, information on which skills are most sought-after on Civvy Street and much, much more! Read now:]

Veterans Work podcast celebrates the skills of veterans

Veterans Work: The Podcast is now available to download.

A podcast series celebrating the skills veterans bring to business is now available to download.

Veterans Work: The Podcast is a series of five episodes exploring veterans’ behaviours, values and skills through interviews with industry experts, business leaders and veterans themselves. Topics include the veteran employment narrative, values and purpose, resilient people, skills for the future and the campaign’s calls to action.

There are an estimated 2.6 million military veterans in the UK – and around 900,000 of them are of working age. The latest in the Veterans Work thought leadership series calls for businesses to seriously consider these veterans as part of their hiring strategy not just because it is good for business but because the UK benefits from their re-integration as productive members of civilian society.

Veterans Work is a collaboration between Deloitte, Forces in Mind Trust and The Officers’ Association. The podcast is hosted by broadcaster Kate Silverton, and previous guests have included: James Reed, Chairman of Reed Recruitment; Neil Jackson, Director of Defence Relationship Management at the Ministry of Defence; veterans who now work as business leaders, entrepreneurs, school teachers, charity founders and for small businesses; and veterans employed by organisations such as Facebook, Amazon, Deloitte and the NHS.

CSCS Veterans - FREE CSCS card

At the Motherwell Citizens advice training at the moment, we have CSCS construction card courses for ex armed service veterans or ex reserves. A CSCS health & safety card allows the holder to work in the UK construction industry. Courses are FREE.
Places are available for immediate start.
The course also contains employability help (FREE as well) if they need it, however they can just go through the CSCS part if they want. The catchment area is North & South Lanarkshire. Course is free with no expenses to all veterans unemployed or not.
Funding & Financial Support

Bursary Award                                             

To celebrate its Centenary, the Officers Association Scotland is offering a Bursary Award to support currently serving or former officers in expanding their learning in order to enhance their employment opportunities.

This grant is designed to enable self-development, to achieve and progress in that career you desire. It can be used for a specific training programme, Higher or Further Education.

The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single payment per year direct to the learning institution. The length of Bursary support will be assessed at the application stage and then reviewed at the end of each year. Consideration may also be given to study costs such as learning materials and childcare; however this will be on a case by case basis.
To be eligible to apply for this bursary you must be:
  • Men and women who have at any time held a commission with any branch of the naval, military or air forces of the Crown, and allied nursing services, and who are resident in Scotland.
  • Planning to undertake training/education within a Scottish Institution
  • Able to demonstrate that this learning will enhance your employment opportunities

Please note we are unable to make any retrospective payments for course fees and study materials. This also includes self funded payments or loans that you may have taken out with a college or bank.

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


New research finds that military service does not increase risk of arthritis

New research from Dr Beverly Bergman and funded by Forces in Mind Trust has been published.

Scottish veterans are no more likely to develop arthritis leading to hip or knee replacement than members of the wider population, according to new research.

The study – from the University of Glasgow in partnership with Forces in Mind Trust, and published in BMJ Military Health – looked at the risk of veterans having to undergo a lower limb joint replacement in comparison with people who had never served and found that for knee replacement, their risk was no different from non-veterans, whilst for hip replacement it was slightly less.

Lower limb injuries and musculoskeletal disorders are the commonest cause of medical discharge from the Armed Forces, but it was not known whether this might lead to problems in later life which might impact on veterans’ care and mobility needs.

Lead researcher Dr Beverly Bergman, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor and leader of the Scottish Veterans Health Research Group at the University of Glasgow – who was recently awarded an OBE for her work on veterans – said: “This study is really important because military service involves a lot of physical activity and training, and lower limb pain is common. Our results are very reassuring, particularly for older veterans who started doing a lot more running when the Fit to Fight programme was introduced about 40 years ago. 

“We found that people who had served for longest, and had experienced many more years of physical training, also had the same risk as people with very short service, providing strong evidence that this level of physical activity does not increase the risk of arthritis in later life.  In our other studies we have shown that longer-serving veterans have better heart health, which also underlines the benefit of exercise.”

Thomas McBarnet, Director of Programmes at Forces in Mind Trust, said: “Most ex-Service personnel transition to civilian life successfully, their lives enriched by their time in Service. But if there are health risks which may be linked to time spent in the Armed Forces, it’s important that we understand what they are so the right support can be provided.  

“We are pleased to see these reassuring results, and Forces in Mind Trust will continue to work with Dr Beverly Bergman OBE and her team to build a better understanding of the health risks ex-Service personnel may face.”

The retrospective cohort study, using data from the Trends in Scottish Veterans’ Health Study, looked at 78,000 veterans and 253,000 non-veterans in Scotland born between 1945 and 1995, matched for age, sex and area of residence. The study used survival analysis to examine the risk of joint replacement in veterans compared with non-veterans.

The study, ‘Hip and knee replacement as a proxy measure for lower limb osteoarthritis in Scottish military veterans’ is published in BMJ Military Health. The study was funded by the Forces in Mind Trust.

A link to the study after publication can be found here.


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.


Quarter 1 Report: April-June 2021

It has been another exceptionally busy quarter at Housing Options Scotland, and this report outlines just some of our activity.

CEO, Moira Bayne, said:

The start of the new financial year is like New Year’s Day for us at HOS. We can put the old financial year to bed, following some reflection on what worked well (and what didn’t). We can make the equivalent of our New Year’s resolutions and by the end of Q1 we can begin to measure our progress.


The first quarter of 2021-2022 has seen a lot of positive developments at HOS. From HOS Helps and Homeless Housing Options to our new Military Matters volunteer project, there is lots going on in the team – and the team is growing too!


This report contains masses of information on what we have achieved so far. I hope you enjoy reading it.

To read more follow the link 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.

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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:

New online tool helps visualise latest data on how Covid-19 is affecting Armed Forces Charities

DSC and Cobseo have launched an interactive database funded by FiMT, showing the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the Armed Forces Charity Sector.

Building on their award-winning Armed Forces charities research, the Directory of Social Change (DSC), funded by Forces in Mind Trust, has today launched a new online tool, The Cobseo Covid-19 Impact Database, a unique and interactive source of data on how Armed Forces charities are affected by Covid-19.

This rich and unique data source contains key data on Armed Forces charities, collected bi-annually by DSC directly from Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charity Members. It covers key metrics such as changes in beneficiary needs, service delivery, income and expenditure, and risks facing charities both now and in the future. The database launches one year after DSC started to survey Cobseo Members and provides a clear picture of how charities have operated and the challenges they have faced throughout the past twelve months.

Last year, DSC’s evidence from Cobseo Members helped secure £6 million in government support to Armed Forces charities to help them manage the impact of the pandemic. This interactive evidence base, combined with DSC’s written reports on successive surveys, will help direct strategic decision making.

Insightful, interactive visuals can be created in just a few clicks, placing the latest evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on Cobseo’s Members at the fingertips. The most recent survey shows that Cobseo Members continued to experience large increases in demand for key services, including mental health support (68% of respondents) and loneliness support (64% of respondents).

To find out more follow the link here

News and Other Updates

Real Stories 2021

A team of researchers from King’s Centre for Military Health Research have worked on creating an album that tells the personal stories of Armed Forces families living in the UK today.
Intended to challenge the negative way in which military communities are sometimes portrayed by the media, Real Stories provides an opportunity for people to consider the Armed Forces community differently, presented in their own way and filtered through their own lens.

At the outset of the project, military-connected families were invited to submit photographs and stories that portrayed their experience of being a military family. The researchers then worked with Alex Dionysiou to bring everything together to make the Real Stories album, which is available to view hereto see the print version, click here.

Working on the project brought creativity to the ‘daily bread’ of the research team, and provided an alternative and refreshing visual perspective on the epidemiological study of Service personnel,  veterans and their families.

Real Stories enabled us to capture what family life in the Armed Forces is today. It was brilliant to see the number and wide variety of submissions representing all aspects of daily life. I am really grateful for those who submitted images and really enjoyed working on this project. ” Dan Leightley, a member of the research team.

The military families too enjoyed taking part, with one person commenting “Really pleased to help and be part of this exciting project!”

This project was funded through a King’s Public Engagement Small Grant. The next round will be in Autumn 2021. For more information, please check here.

Reprinted with permission from KERN.

New Support for Lonely and Isolated Veterans in Angus, Tayside and Fife

Do you know a Veteran in living in Angus, Tayside and Fife who is lonely or isolated? Funded by the  Scottish Veterans Fund, a new pilot project  at SVR’s Rosendael residence in Broughty Ferry is reaching out to isolated Veterans who would enjoy some social contact, support and activities.

Veterans taking part could enjoy a meal or a coffee morning, take part in activities and meet other Veterans. They will be able to meet with qualified support staff to discuss their support needs and how the Rosendael team will be able to help.

Activities on offer include art, cycling, walking and gardening. Veterans of any age can be referred. There is no cost to the participant and help can be provided with transport costs.

To find out more call 01382 477078 and ask for Carol, Darren or Andy or email with the subject header ‘Reaching In to veterans in Angus, Tayside and Fife’ .


We were very disappointed our annual Summer Garden Party was cancelled again this year.However, following the resounding success of the Jingle Bell Rock Drive Ins in the lead up toChristmas we are thrilled to announce The Not Forgotten will once again be touring the UKwith the “Forgot You Not Rock” Summer Garden Party Drive Ins.

11 Summer Garden Party events will be taking place (Northern Ireland details not yetpublished) whatever the weather – come rain or shine! We are extremely grateful to theowners of the spectacular venues for giving us this wonderful opportunity to entertain you.Further information is as follows:
These complimentary Party events are hosted by The Not Forgotten for veterans and theirguests. We do ask, however, that our guests make their own travel arrangements to and fromthe venue. Two parties will take place daily and the timings are:

1130 hrs - 1400 hrs
1630 hrs - 1900 hrs

Each Party is limited to 60 vehicles.

Bluetooth speakers will be provided to each vehicle for everyone to enjoy the Party whateverthe weather and social distancing guidelines! Members should have picnic chairs and picnicblankets at the ready! Our guests will be welcomed with a glass of Pimms or non-alcoholicsquash alternative. A BBQ will be served followed by tea, coffee and a delicious slice of cake.
The fabulous show will be hosted by the lovely Annie Riley and equally lovely Max Fox! Thepopular Singo Bingo will be making a return and there will also be the fun game of Kings &Queens and a raffle should you wish to take part
Dress Code : Smart Casual OR Garden Party attire OR Rock ‘n Roll – a prize will be given tothe most innovative outfit!

If you have any queries or would like any further information about the events please call Anne McGinley on 020 7730 2400 or email

Please circulate the attached form to your members and if any wish to join us and we hopethey do! – please ask them to complete the form indicating their preferred venue and time andreturn it to Anne McGinley, The Not Forgotten, 2 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0DH assoon as possible or alternatively email
We look forward to hearing from you. With best wishes.
Rosie, Anne and Karlie
The Not Forgotten Events Team
Getting The “Feel Good” Feeling back Together
For more information on The Not Forgotten please visit our website:
We were very disappointed that our annual Summer Garden Party was cancelled again thisyear. However, following the resounding success of the Jingle Bell Rock Drive Ins in the leadup to Christmas we are thrilled to announce The Not Forgotten will once again be touringthe UK with the “Forgot You Not Rock” Summer Garden Party Drive Ins.

11 Summer Garden Party events will be taking place
whatever the weather – come rain orshine! and we are extremely grateful to Mr Guy Macpherson-Grant for giving us thiswonderful opportunity to entertain you.

Further information is as follows:
These complimentary Party events are hosted by The Not Forgotten for veterans and theirguests. We do ask, however, that our guests make their own travel arrangements to andfrom Ballindalloch Castle.
Two parties will take place and the timings are:
1130 hrs - 1400 hrs
1630 hrs - 1900 hrs

Each Party is limited to 60 vehicles. We anticipate there being great demand so we wouldask that veterans complete and return their application form as soon as possible Bluetooth speakers will be provided to each vehicle for everyone to enjoy the Partywhatever the weather and social distancing guidelines! Please have your picnic chairs andpicnic blankets at the ready!

On arrival, our guests will be welcomed with a glass of Pimms or non-alcoholic squashalternative.
A BBQ will be served followed by tea, coffee and a delicious slice of cake

The fabulous show will be hosted by the lovely Annie Riley and equally lovely Max Fox! Thepopular Singo Bingo features and there will also be the fun game of Kings & Queens and araffle should you wish to take part

Dress Code : Smart Casual OR Garden Party attire OR Rock ‘n Roll – a prize will be given tothe most innovative outfit
If you have any queries or would like any further information about the events please call Anne McGinley on 020 7730 2400 or email

If you wish to join us and we hope you do! – please complete the attached form indicatingyour preferred time and return it to Anne McGinley, The Not Forgotten, 2 GrosvenorGardens, London SW1W 0DH as soon as possible or alternatively

We look forward to hearing from you
Rosie, Anne and Karlie
The Not Forgotten Events Team
Getting The “Feel Good” Feeling back Together!

British Army Corporal runs 874 miles for charities whilst deployed in the Middle East

Corporal Matthew Kent has completed his challenge of running 874 miles, the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats, to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Whilst deployed in the Middle East and driven by a personal family tragedy; Corporal Matthew Kent raised money for the SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) by running 874 miles across his 7-month deployment.

Matthew set himself the challenge of running the distance from Lands End to the village of John o’Groats during his deployment. Through daily determination, he achieved the total of 874 miles, which required Matthew to run an average of 125 miles for 7 consecutive months.

Having experienced the heartbreak of losing his son Thomas, during a difficult childbirth, Matthew wanted to help the charities which offered incredible support to him and his wife Deena, a former RAF medic. In honour of Thomas’ memory, he raised invaluable funds for SSAFA and the RAFBF, charities which offer specialist support to fellow Armed Forces personnel (including reservists), veterans and their families.

Reflecting on the event, Matthew said:

“The support me and my wife received from SSAFA and the RAFBF was incredible. They supported us through the darkest of times and I have wanted to show my gratitude ever since.”

“The Lands End to John O’Groats virtual run was the one challenge I was constantly drawn to. I am by no means a natural runner and suffered a few injuries at the start. The heat made every step that much tougher but having the backing from colleagues, friends and family got me to the finish line.”.

Major John Carlton, Officer Commanding Postal and Ammunition Troop British Forces Cyprus, said:

“No parent should ever have to experience the loss of a child and I can’t imagine what they went through. I am so thankful we have military charities like SSAFA and the RAFBF, who were able to support Matthew during such a heart-breaking time.” 

He added, “Matthew is a truly valued member of the team. What he has achieved during this tour and through this event is truly inspirational and will provide further support to these 2 great charities.”

Verity Harding, Head of Events at SSAFA:

“We are incredibly proud of Matthew and cannot thank him enough for choosing to fundraise for SSAFA, allowing us to continue to support the Armed Forces community in their time of need.”

Matthew has smashed his fundraising target of £1,000 and has now raised over £1,440. This money will help provide lifelong support and welfare provisions to other Armed Forces personnel. These charities issue services which have, and continue to, improve the lives of many.

If you would like to support Matthew, you can donate here:

SSAFA’s Forcesline witnesses increased demand for online support

SSAFA’s free and confidential helpline, Forcesline, has seen a dramatic 260% increase in requests for support through their online webchat, whilst witnessing a drop in telephone enquiries.

Forcesline has witnessed a rise in the requests for help using their live webchat platform that is accessible to all members of the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, veterans, and their families.

In June 2020, Forcesline received 88 requests for support via their webchat service. During the same time in 2021, the charity witnessed a huge rise in the requests for support with 317 enquires – an increase of 260% from the same time during 2020.

Over the last 18 months, many of us have been living in close proximity to our friends and family, which may lead to those in need reaching out virtually to save the risk of being overheard on the phone. The rise in usage of their online webchat is extremely positive and means that more people have reached out for help as we have eased out of lockdown.

Whilst people have continued to contact SSAFA by email for help, with an 18% increase in requests for assistance, the Forcesline team reported a fall in telephone enquiries, from 1,641 from the same period in 2020 to 1,056 in 2021.

The Forcesline team of specialist helpline advisors say that the most prevalent issues that have been brought to them by the Armed Forces community over the last year are:

  • Guidance around debt
  • Help with housing
  • The need for household goods, such as washing machines and fridge-freezers
  • Mental Health, particularly loneliness and isolation
  • Mobility Issues

Bill Grant, Forcesline Manager at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said:

We’re witnessing a great change in the way people are contacting us for support. In June 2021, we saw a 35% drop in our telephone calls, but an increase in requests for support through our webchat facility. As our lives have changed over the last year, even more people are seeking new ways to receive advice and support, whether that be via email or an online web chat.”

“Since the Web Chat was launched in 2019, we have seen a rise in the demand for our online service. The technology eliminates the nerves that some people may feel when calling a helpline, making it easier for people to reach out for support.”

“We want to urge anyone in the Forces community who is suffering with the feeling of being on their own, to reach out and keep talking. Communication is an excellent way to deal with problems and source solutions – whether that be through SSAFA’s Forcesline or speaking to a friend.”

“SSAFA has adapted in many ways to support you safely and we want to share the message that we are here – as we always are.”

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