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07 January 2022 (Edition - Issue 1)

Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

Welcome to Veterans-Assist Scotland

We recognise that for many Veterans and their families, some aspects of life after leaving the Services can be challenging.  With numerous Veterans’ organisations in Scotland, we understand that it can be frustrating to find just the right person to help with a problem.  And we know that whether you have been “in” for 3 years or 30 years, or “out” for 6 weeks or 6 years, problems will arise that could use some help.

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.org)

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:
 

 

Veterans Gateway

If you are need of information or support as a veteran or family member, you may find the answer here.
 
Comradeship & Support

Comradeship 

Comradeship is a vital part of the identity of Legion Scotland, it is just one of the ways we can make a positive difference to the wellbeing of veterans.

Our activities re-create that sense of protection that can only be found from being surrounded by like-minded individuals who only have the best interests of each other at heart. They are a way for ex-service men and women and their families to meet new people, talk and share experiences and ultimately make friends.

Further information is available on our website here


Annual Events Programme 2022


Listed below is a copy of the Legion Scotland events forcast for 2022, additional information and updates for these events can be found on the Legion Scotland website here.
  1. Beating Retreat Dundee City Square – 1800 Saturday 02 Apr
  2. ANZAC Day, Scottish National War Memorial – 1100 Monday 25th Apr
  3. Silver Poppy Golf, St Andrews – 0900 Friday 29th Apr
  4. Annual Conference, Perth – 20th & 21st May
  5. The Scottish American Memorial Day, Princes St Gardens– 1300 Monday 30th May
  6. Falklands 40th (Edinburgh) – Saturday 18th Jun
  7. Earl Haig statue rededication France – 17-19th Jun
  8. Armed Forces Day Flag Raising – 1100 Monday 20th Jun
  9. Armed Forces Day – 1000 Saturday 25th Jun
  10. Founders Day Dryburgh Abbey – 1500 Sunday 26th Jun
  11. Unity Conference, Dewars Centre Perth – 1030 Saturday 24th Sept
  12. Dedication of Inverness Garden of Remembrance – 1100 Friday 21st Oct
  13. Dedication Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance – 1100 Monday 24th Oct
  14. Dedication Glasgow Garden of Remembrance – 1100 Tuesday 25th Oct
  15. Dundee Festival of Remembrance, Caird Hall – 1930 Saturday 5th Nov
  16. Armistice Day Service, Princes Street – 1100 Friday 11th Nov
  17. Remembrance Sunday, National Service – 1100 Sunday 13th Nov
  18. LS Carol Service, Canongate Kirk – 1600 Sunday 11th Dec
 
In addition:
  • Best Kept War Memorial Competition (run within Areas with Head Office Support)
  • National Sports (run within Areas with Head Office Support)
  • National Standard Bearing (Friday 20th May, Dewars Centre Perth)
  • Royal Garden Party (Date TBC)
  • Albert Hall/Cenotaph (Head Office manage ticket allocation with Areas)

Volunteer

We are always looking for people to actively get involved to help further the work of Legion Scotland. Not only can this be very rewarding but you can also learn new skills, make friends, and become an integral part of the Legion Scotland family.

Volunteering opportunities include:

  • Helping to run a branch or a club
  • Become a Veteran Community Support Volunteer
  • Organising remembrance or ceremonial events
  • Organising sporting, music or comradeship events
  • Fundraising

Get in touch to find out more about upcoming volunteer opportunities we have. 

Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) make a difference every day to the lives of Scotland's veterans through providing community, friendship and practical advice, whether they left military service yesterday or 50 plus years ago.

Our membership is open to the ex-service community and their dependants, those still serving and all those who support the aims and objectives of the organisation.

By joining, you are showing your support and helping to make life better for the ex-service community.

Find out more here

 

Centenary Fundraising Initiative to raise money for Legion Scotland & Poppyscotland

On the 18th of June 2021, we officially launched our centenary period.  As part of the celebrations and commemorations planned for the period up to June 2022 we have commissioned a special Centenary Fundraising Coin.

During the centenary year (in collaboration with Poppyscotland) we want to encourage everyone, young and old, members or not, ex-service or non ex-service to get involved in marking our hundredth birthday by fundraising for both organisations.

Fundraising is a vital source of income for both organisations and more so now than ever before.  Every £1 raised will help us continue into our next hundred years and to provide comradeship and welfare support for veterans across Scotland.





www.legionscotland.org.uk

Employment, Training & Transition Support

Take control of your career


 

We’re here to support Scotland’s adults in the world of work. We can help you plan and manage all aspects of your career – from finding and applying for a job, to reskilling and changing your career path completely. No matter where you are in your journey, we’re here for you.

Take control of your career | My World of Work

Scottish women set to benefit from new unemployment programme

 
A new service offering free support for women looking to return to work, or improve their work skills, has launched across Scotland.


 
The Review: Refresh: Return programme offers tailor-made services for women aged 25 and over who have been unemployed for six months or more. Support is provided in one-to-one or group sessions, online and in person, helping women to determine their next step back to employment and taking it.
 
Support is provided by specialist advisors from Triage; a Scottish-based employment and skills organisation operating across the country. Services are free to participants, fully-funded by Skills Development Scotland as part of its country-wide Women Returners Programme.
 
Emphasis is placed on navigating caring responsibilities and back-to-work anxiety, while facilitating women to return to responsible, good work, or move further towards it.
 
Activities include reviewing skills and work experience; refreshing CVs, interview technique, industry and IT knowledge; and exploring opportunities to return to work or access further education.
 
Sarah Sanderson, Triage Operations Director said: “Many women find themselves in a position of compromise when it comes to returning to the workplace. The Women Returners programme addresses that gender inequality, by breaking down barriers to women returning to career positions, or exploring new avenues.
 
“Our programme helps identify what the ultimate ambition is, be it large or small, and builds the skills and confidence to reach it. There are no prescribed activities, no push toward a particular outcome. Review: Refresh: Return helps women think afresh about their work aspirations and gives practical support to achieve it.”
 
The service works with women at all different stages of their working lives. Triage is particularly interested in contact from women with disabilities or health conditions; from minority backgrounds; aged over 50; lone parents; from veteran families; those experiencing conflict at home; and women living in rural areas struggling to access employment.
 
At-home women interested in navigating their next steps back to work should contact Triage on is 01786 451513; https://triagecentral.co.uk/What-we-do/review-refresh-return
 
 
 
Funding & Financial Support

Afghanistan Veterans’ Fund open for applications


Closing date 17th January 2022


The Afghanistan Veterans’ Fund aims to increase capacity in services and initiatives that offer supportive comradeship, engagement and wellbeing efforts for those in the Armed Forces community impacted by events in Afghanistan, and the wider veterans community.

The Office for Veterans Affairs has asked the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) to run programmes that will award grants to improve wellbeing, resilience and promote good mental health, responding to increased needs in veterans who have served in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and the wider veterans community.

The four Funding Strands

The Afghanistan Veterans Fund will support projects that improve wellbeing, resilience and promote good mental health, responding to increased needs in veterans who have served in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and the wider veterans community.

 


Further information is available via the link here

Suicide Prevention Fund 2021 to 2022

Applications are open until 16 January 2022 for grants from the £4 million fund to support suicide prevention voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in 2021 to 2022.

Find out more here.

Grant applications are open until 16 January 2022.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has made available £4 million for a grant fund to support suicide prevention VCSE organisations across 2021 to 2022. A portion of the grant fund will be ring-fenced specifically to help support small community-led and user-led groups and organisations.

Application process

The application portal for the grant fund opened on 2 December 2021 and will close at 5pm on 16 January 2022.

Apply for the fund here.

 

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation


The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to help veterans, qualified seafarers and dependants, who are in need.  The maximum grant is currently £30K, however, we also provide salary grants, which can amount 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: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk

Deadlines for submission from now and through 2022 are as follows: 
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug

Sponsoring disabled Army Veterans’ Studies at The Open University

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is proud to award a £20,000 grant to the Open University (OU) Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund (DVSF) to provide study-related equipment and support careers-related activities.

Earlier this year our charity awarded a grant for 10 individual disabled army veteran OU scholarships over six years. This latest donation will help to provide a wide range of study equipment such as laptops, alternative study format materials, talking books and other online virtual learning materials. The grant will also support some part-funded student internships to help improve the disabled veterans’ employment prospects.

Jhumar Johnson, Director of Development, The Open University, said:

We are delighted that ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, whose work we hold in such high regard, has awarded this grant to the OU. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is whole-heartedly invested in supporting Army veterans in accessing the transformative power of higher education. This award will have a great impact in helping those on the programme to access much needed study support equipment and materials, as well as to help fund internships; such experiences provide a great opportunity to improve their employment prospects.

From everyone involved with the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund at the OU, we’d like to pass on our heart-felt thanks and gratitude for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s continued support.

In praising the OU’s programme, disabled veteran scholars funded by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity have spoken about what they gained from their studies:

James Champion, former Army helicopter pilot and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity-funded scholar, said:

“I’m extremely grateful to have been awarded my scholarship, thank you with all my heart. I now want to give back and I know many more disabled veterans feel exactly the same.”

Another student said:

“With doing my OU degree, I now have a focus to aim for in life. I have found self-control, dedication and above all a new sense of satisfaction.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

Education and training for army veterans is one of our charity’s key priority areas and we enjoy working with the OU. The disabled veterans scholarship scheme offers life-changing higher education opportunities and we are proud to be one of its longstanding sponsors.

To find out more about the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund, visit their website here.

Housing


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.


Veterans Housing Scotland


Let’s try to help our veterans find their new roots, a new home!  To get in touch you can contact us at supportmanager@vhscot.org.uk for any property inquires! #Scotland #Veterans #uk #UKhousing #scottish
 
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Local Authority Support

The Armed Forces and Veteran Community


Examples of support and assistance available from your local authorities can be found in the links below.  The majority of Scottish Local Authorities have dedicated information available on their own websites to support the Armed Forces Covenant.
 
           

Information to help you settle into your new life within each of these local authority areas is available on their websites.
 

News and Other Updates

Scottish Veterans Awards - Nominate or Apply NOW!


We hope you all had a fantastic break over Christmas.  Please feel free to send and share this email with your network and database in Scotland!  Last years event was truly inspiring!! 

Our Scottish Veterans Awards are NOW LIVE!  - Closing date 21st February 2022

The Scottish Veterans Awards are open to all Armed Forces Veterans that live in Scotland, Serving reservists based in Scotland and those Organisations and Businesses' that go above and beyond to support our community who are based or operate in Scotland!

If you are or you know a veteran that's done some great things since transition to civilian life or your a business/organisation/charity that's gone above and beyond to support our former military personnel then feel free to apply on the following links :

Scottish Veterans Awards Website : https://veteransawards.co.uk/scottish-veterans-awards/

Scottish Veterans Awards Online Application :https://veteransawards.co.uk/scottish-veterans-awards/scottish-veterans-awards-application-form/

The Veterans Awards have been put together by Veterans for our Veteran Community.  Rewarding Veterans in Sport, Fitness, Business and the wider Community!

In support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity Scotland.

The Awards will take place at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club Edinburgh on the 27th April 2022.

Our categories are -

Role Model of the Year

The Community Award

Contribution to Scottish Fitness Industry & Society

Entrepreneur of the Year

Health and Well-being Award

Inspiration of the Year

Employer of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

Leavers to Leader Award

Volunteer of the Year

Veterans Business of the Year Award

Our overall Veterans Awards Champion will be chosen from the winners of each of the above categories and receive our one off commissioned hand made Award.

Dates for your diaries :

Application Process Opens          – 1st December 2021
Application Process Closes           – 21st February 2022
Filming & Certificate Giving day  – 16th March 2022 – Edinburgh Castle (Business Dress)
Scottish Veterans Awards               –27th April 2022 – Village Hotel Edinburgh (Black Tie)

Good luck! It's you who will act as role models for our future service leavers!

Thanks to our amazing sponsors and supporters GHN Property and Development's  - Joint Force Alba  - Pathfinder International Magazine - ABF The Soldiers' Charity - Scotland - Hugh James - Print Inc Embroidery & Print - Terrestres Servo Coronas - Veteran Trees - Leavers to Leaders

Other Dates for your Diaries:
 
Welsh Awards Application Process Opens – 1st March 2022
Welsh Veterans Awards  – 30th June 2022 (Village Hotel Cardiff)
English Veterans Awards Application Process Opens – 1st June 2022
English Veterans Awards    – 7th September 2022   (Village Hotel Portsmouth)

The Veterans Awards CIC Team
Tel - 07855 493 316
Web : www.veteransawards.co.uk
Email -  info@veteransawards.co.uk
Twitter - @AwardsVeterans
Facebook - Veterans Awards

BEM for SSAFA Forth Valley Branch Chairman recognises exceptional voluntary work

Mary Kenyon, Branch Chairman of SSAFA Forth Valley, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2022 New Year Honours List in recognition of nearly three decades’ voluntary work with military families, veterans, and serving personnel for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

In the citation for Mary Kenyon BEM – who lives near Stirling – is stated:

Mary has been a volunteer with SSAFA for 28 years, during which time she has demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment, bringing to the organisation a wealth of experience and knowledge. She is an outstanding leader and motivator who is a skilled mentor with a gift of being able to bring out the best in people and help them achieve their full potential.

Mary said:

I am quite overwhelmed, almost embarrassed really, that the honour in this branch and for work done across East of Scotland has been given to me. It is really an award for the whole team, and I am absolutely thrilled for them because they have worked so hard through many changes in the past couple of years. 

“It has been such a pleasure to work with them all and I am hugely proud to be their representative in the New Year Honours List, and very touched that people have taken the time to put the application together and put me forward to be the recipient. 

“The BEM s a fantastic award for us all at grassroots level, and says what SSAFA is all about.”

SSAFA’s National Chairman, Sir Gary Coward, added:

Mary has always taken a genuine interest in people and a has a strong desire to help others in need. She can be very persuasive when needed and does not give up easily, achieving amazing results in obtaining assistance from various organisations on behalf of SSAFA beneficiaries in need.

“Over the years with SSAFA, Mary has helped thousands of people and made a real difference to their lives and that of their families.

“To call her a credit to SSAFA simply does not do justice to her contribution to the charity, nor to the countless numbers of people she has helped in nearly three decades of volunteering with SSAFA. She embodies the ‘can-do’ attitude of all our volunteers, stepping up to the plate when required and serving as an inspiration to us all.”

There was also an award for Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear – and the Branch President of SSAFA Tyne and Wear – Susan Winfield OBE, CStJ, who was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the Honours.

Mrs Winfield said:

It has been a privilege to be the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear during the last seven years representing Her Majesty The Queen, bringing recognition to the wonderful work of individuals and organisations across our community.

During this time, I have been delighted to be the Branch President of SSAFA Tyne and Wear, and being able to support their many activities to the veterans and their families.”

Carbon Literacy Accreditation for Veterans’ Housing Association

Scottish Veterans’ Residences (SVR), a Registered Social Landlord that supports members of the ex-Service community, has achieved an important milestone on its journey towards carbon net zero by gaining the Carbon Literate Organisation Bronze Award.

To qualify for the award, 10 members of staff, including the Chief Executive, completed a bespoke Carbon Literacy training course, accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, and delivered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.  As well as educating participants about climate change, the course included a commitment from each individual and the organisation to make practical changes to reduce their carbon footprint.

SVR’s Chief Executive Martin Nadin OBE, said:

“Completing the training and obtaining this accreditation is an important step in moving our organisation towards an environmentally sustainable future.   We thank Keep Scotland Beautiful for delivering an excellent training package, and we will continue to train and educate our staff in Carbon Literacy as part of our strategic objective to reach carbon net zero.”

Catherine Gee, Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“We’re thrilled that we have been able to support Scottish Veterans’ Residences (SVR) gain the Carbon Literate Organisation Bronze Award.   Our bespoke Climate Emergency Training, accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, has supported 3,000 people across Scotland to become Carbon Literate.   We’re calling for the whole nation to become Climate Literate; with improved understanding of climate change, equipped to help Scotland become a Net Zero Nation.”

New VAPC Terms of Reference will assist all veterans and their families

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty, endorsed the VAPCs’ new supplementary Terms of Reference, enabling VAPC members to represent all veterans and their families in their region.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty meets serving personnel and veterans selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion at Waterloo Station

The Minister’s letter of 15 November 2021 to Johnny Lighten MBE, the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees’ (VAPC) “Chair of Chairs”, stated:

“Thank you for inviting me to your conference [of VAPC Chairs] on 26 October [2021]. I found it most interesting and I left feeling really enthused and with a greater awareness of the role that the VAPCs play in supporting veterans.

“I know that there has been much activity over the last 12 months surrounding the introduction of the new TORs and am pleased that I have been able to play my part in agreeing these. I look forward to working closer with you as the National Chair over the next 12 months and I see your role as key in enabling the VAPCs to move forward together in supporting our Veterans.

“I believe that these TORs will enable the VAPCs to deliver a structured contribution to better understanding the support the whole of the veteran’s ‘family’ are receiving in your regions. I hope you now feel that you now have a real opportunity to assist in shaping and informing the strategy for our veterans and to provide a regional picture of successful delivery of the soon to be announced Veteran Strategy Action Plan.

“I look forward to reading your first report in May 2022 and again in November 2022 after which, further discussion can take place regarding potentially formalising your broader role in Statute. I am pleased to say that I have now signed your new TORs and a copy of these are enclosed.”

These Terms of Reference (TORs) reflect the fact that the VAPCs, given their independent and regional set-up, aim to make a useful contribution to the Government’s drive to make the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran.

The TORs have 2 principal purposes:

  1. To set out the activities that members of VAPCs, as individuals and as members of informal regional groups, are asked to carry out relating to all veterans and their families.
  2. To provide direction relating to their performance for an initial period of 12 months beginning from the date these TORs are agreed.

Further information

VAPC Supplementary Terms of Reference, adopted 15 November 2021

MinDPV letter to VAPC Chair of Chairs, 15 November 2021

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