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11 June 2021 (Edition - Issue 22)

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15 Days to go
ARMED FORCES DAY - Saturday 26 June 2021

 

ABOUT


Only 36 days to go until this years Armed Forces Day.

What?

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.

When?

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2021, it will take place on Saturday 26 June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Find out more about events and how to take part on the Armed Forces Day website here

 
 
 

Announcing the launch of the Knowledge Network: the Trust's new data repository

We're excited to announce the launch of the Knowledge Network, your new place to access the learning and best practice from the grant making of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

This online data repository features everything from the latest research and reports, case studies and e-learning, to curated content collections such as the Map of Need. All available via the Trust's website. Click below to discover...
 
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New veterans' mental health funding programme announced!

The Veterans' Places, Pathways and People programme is funded through the Veterans' Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund and will provide grants for sustainable provision of places of safety and pathways of support across the UK.

Full details are available on our website...
 
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Have you downloaded the AFCT Project Finder yet?

Available for FREE from both the Apple and Google Play stores, it's the new way to find out more about and get involved with the Trust funded projects in your local areas.

Now featuring over 200 live projects, we're encouraging the Armed Forces community to downoad the app today and get involved with some great activities! 

Why not share news of the app within your networks and let's get the AFCT Project Finder at the fingertips of the Forces community...
 
Discover the app
 
Employment, Training & Transition Support

             Informing Scotland Project Officer           

 

ROLE PROFILE – INFORMING SCOTLAND PROJECT OFFICER

FULL OR PART TIME (0.8 FTE) TEMPORARY (3 YEARS MAY 2021 – MAR 2024)

Overview

Veterans Scotland is seeking a Project Officer to deliver our ‘Informing Scotland’ project. Veterans Scotland’s mission is:

‘Veterans Scotland will represent and support the interests of its member organisations, and promote mutually beneficial collaboration, in order to enhance the well-being of the AFVC across Scotland.’

The Veterans Scotland Informing Scotland Project is a 3 year project, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust. It seeks to inform and educate: staff, policy makers and leaders in statutory and non-statutory organisations across Scotland about their obligations to the Armed Forces Covenant and how they may adapt their policies and working practices to ensure that these obligations are met. The post holder will enable a better understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant across Scotland; this is becoming increasingly important as elements of the Covenant become enshrined in law.

Target audiences include, but are not restricted to: Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, Statutory Organisations and Employers, as well as providers of Education, Housing, Health, and the ex-Service and other Third Sector organisations.

The deadline for applications is now the 23rd June 2021.



A world of opportunity exists for ex-Servicemen and women when they leave the Armed Forces. SaluteMyJob is a business with a social purpose that works to connect members of the Armed Forces community with the opportunities available to them.
 
Helping jobseekers at any stage of their military transition or career journey to plan and prepare for their next job, SaluteMyJob provides free employment-related resources, advice and training to veterans, reservists and their families. SaluteMyJob’s free online training platform, which is exclusive to the Armed Forces community, enables them to adapt or develop the skills they need to improve their competitiveness and to secure successful employment.
 
Alongside its career support, SaluteMyJob works with supportive employers around the UK to provide the Armed Forces community with access to relevant jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and more. These organisations and their opportunities feature in SaluteMyJob’s unique directory of Forces-friendly employers.
 
Register with SaluteMyJob to find out more.

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. 

—> DOWNLOAD OUR FREE SKILLS TRANSLATION WORKBOOK

 
 
The job market appears to be picking up and businesses are ramping up their hiring efforts. New roles are becoming available every day and are being added to our site. This week we have over 380 exciting jobs listed across a variety of industry sectors from IT & Comms to Insurance. 

If you haven't looked though our latest opportunities recently, check out the selection below, or visit our website to find your dream role. 
 
DISCOVER YOUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY
 
 
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

New funding to give veterans access to better places, pathways and people 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has launched a new Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund programme, which will work regionally to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs.

The Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme will award 10 portfolio grants of up to £800,000, including one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and seven in England. The grants will be made to individual organisations, who will manage a portfolio of projects.

The Trust will be prioritising applications that clearly demonstrate a proven ability to take a co-ordinated and informed approach across their country or region.

Places, Pathways, People 

Successful applications will ensure there are connected pathways that work well for veterans, that there are safe places for veterans to go which connect into these pathways, and that volunteers and staff who support veterans have access to training and work closely with other organisations within veterans’ mental health pathways.

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

“Through working together, we anticipate that the sum of the projects within a portfolio will deliver more than the organisations working separately could ever achieve. A strong application will show that the organisational connections that will be made will ensure that veterans with mental health needs have access to effective pathways of care and support in their region; and that they have safe places to go to access support, reduce isolation and support positive mental health.”

Planning your application

This is a complex programme and any organisation that is interested in applying to be a Portfolio Lead should read the programme guidance and other support resources available on the Trust’s website, very carefully.

Initial short applications, setting out an intention to make a full application, need to be submitted to the Trust by 23 July.

Find out more

Full programme eligibility information and guidance is available on the Trust’s website: http://covenantfund.org.uk/

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: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk.

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

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.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.



 

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


An updated copy of the information booklet as at 03 June 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

Royal British Legion Scotland Centenary information


2021 marks 100 years since the start of the Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland). 

At the conclusion of the First World War there were millions of service personnel seeking to re-establish themselves in civilian life, and many hundreds of thousands of women and children were left widowed and fatherless.

In 1920 Earl Haig and those associated with him, the leaders of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, the Comrades of the Great War and the Officer’s Association set to work to bring the organisations together for form a united body to support the ex-service community.

Thus, the Legion was born, with the first Unity Conference taking place on the 18th of June 1921, at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Edinburgh and the title of “The British Legion” was adopted.

The name was amended in August 1921 to “The British Legion (Scotland)”, later amended in 1950 to “The British Legion Scotland” and on our 50th Anniversary in 1971 granted today’s title “The Royal British Legion Scotland” by HM The Queen, the Legion’s Patron.

The centenary will be launched on the 18th of June at 11am and in the following 12 months there will be many opportunities for members and supporters of the organisation to get involved.

There will be a live broadcast on social media at 11am on the 18th of June while wreaths are laid simultaneously across the country at local war memorials.  The invite to participate is open to all and more information on how to purchase a wreath and get involved is available here https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/News/rbls-centenary-wreath

On the 19th of June the first online auction will go live with more than 20 fantastic lots available.  Reserve prices start from as little as £40. Further details of the lots and how to bid are available here (insert link when available).  All profits raised from the online auction will help Legion Scotland continue their work in support of veterans and their families across Scotland.

For the philatelist’s out there you may be interested to know that we have commissioned a Centenary stamp cover in collaboration with the British Forces Philatelic Society and these can be purchased from the online shop. 100 of these covers have been personally signed by the National President, Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE.  Further details available here https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/news/bfps-celebrate-our-centenary-year

Details of upcoming events over the summer and beyond to mark the Centenary will be covered on our website  https://www.legionscotland.org.uk/ and social media https://www.facebook.com/LegionScotland

Find out more on the Legion Scotland website here

Connect Assist Launch UK’s First Sign Contact Centre Service

  • Sign Assist has launched; the UK’s only first contact centre for the deaf community.
  • The service will be delivered by a dedicated team of deaf advisors using British Sign Language.
  • Recognises that those living with a disability shouldn’t be faced with organisational barriers/access issues/inequalities based on ‘one size fits all’ services.
  • The service will be piloted by one of Connect Assist’s esteemed charity partners.
  • The pilot will begin in May 2021 and run for an initial period of three months.

The specialist contact centre provider Connect Assist has launched Sign Assist; UK’s first one-to-one signing service delivered by deaf native British Sign Language (BSL) users.

This is to ensure that those Deaf people who use BSL as their first language can have direct conversations when calling for a service or to speak to an organisation.

The outsourced contact centre has recruited a team of Deaf advisors, as well as a bi-lingual Team Leader to run the new department.

The Deaf advisors will be trained to represent participating organisations providing direct access these services. This also negates the need for an Interpreter to relay back and forth, with the frustrations and lack of empathy from the hearing contact centre that often occurs.

Connect Assist recognised that the deaf community is drastically underserved and wanted to provide a new service to ensure that those who are deaf aren’t faced with organisational barriers/issues/inequalities.

To use the service, users will click a Sign Assist logo connecting them with a Relate video platform. This launches a video call that’s answered by a dedicated team, all Deaf native, fluent British Sign Language users.

TechVets expands free cyber training offer to tech-curious Service Leavers thanks to funding boost

TechVets, a unique not-for-profit initiative and RFEA programme dedicated to building a bridge for veterans into cyber security and the technology sector, has received a funding boost of over £50,000. This will enable the organisation to extend its offering of free training to upskill more veterans than ever before and support them into sustainable careers in technology.

The funding from Veterans’ Foundation (£25,236) and the Armed Forces Covenant Trust (£20,000), as well as techUK (£5,000) and cfms (£5,000) will enable TechVets to alleviate the issue of the skills gap in the tech and cyber industries, whilst also supporting the estimated 173,704 veterans who have lost their jobs and those at risk of redundancy due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2017 only 4% (~38,000) of UK working age veterans were employed in ‘Information and Communications’, whereas veterans are 18% more likely than non-veterans to work as Process, Plant and Machine Operatives[1] – three areas most likely to experience job automation by 2030.[2]

Conversely, there are huge and growing employment opportunities for veterans within the tech industry, especially within cybersecurity. Veterans have vast transferable skills which are often only realised much later in civilian life at the detriment of the veterans, their families, businesses, and the UK economy.

PIPERS LEAD 81ST ST VALERY COMMEMORTAIONS

Pipers around the world will on Saturday 12th June pay a magnificent tribute to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Battle of St Valery. The largely forgotten Second World War battle led to 10,000 mainly Scottish soldiers from the 51st Highland Division being captured as Prisoners of War at the French fishing port of St Valery-en-Caux. Days after the mass-evacuations at Dunkirk, the Division remained on mainland Europe supporting their French allies, however they were soon surrounded by German troops and forced to surrender.


At 10am Saturday morning, on the 81st anniversary, musicians near and far will perform on their doorsteps and at war memorials playing the evocative march, ‘Heroes of St Valery’, paying tribute to the valiant 51st Highland Division and remembering those that fell and were imprisoned. The piece was composed by Pipe Major Donald MacLean who himself was one of the 10,000 men captured that day and subsequently spent four years in a prisoner of war camp in Poland.

Saturday’s tributes have been developed by three leading Scottish Armed Forces charities: Poppyscotland, Legion Scotland, RCET: Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity and British Army’s 51st Brigade. Speaking of the proceedings, St Valery Committee Chair and Director of Leadership Programmes at the University of Aberdeen, Neil McLennan said: “The sound of pipes echoed around the globe today as pipers from the UK, Europe, U.S.A, Canada, South Africa, Kingdom of Eswatini, Australia and the Middle East played ‘Heroes of St Valery’ on their doorsteps to honour the men of the 51st Highland Division.

“The events of 12th June 1940 had a profound impact on every town and village in the Highlands, with most families having one or more male relatives enlisted. Continuing to educate and remember the Battle ensures we, as a nation and wider military community, do right by those that fought that day.”

In addition to the global piper tributes, a socially distanced commemorative service will also be held on Saturday at the St Valery Memorial Stone in the French village, where Lt Col CD Close and Colonel HJP Wilkinson will be paying tribute and laying remembrance wreaths on behalf of the British Army and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Dr Claire Armstrong, CEO at Legion Scotland added: “As the custodians of Remembrance in Scotland we are committed to marking the sacrifices made by the 51st Highland Division annually as it’s an important chapter of Scottish war history that must not be forgotten. On behalf of all the charities and organisations involved in the events, I want to extend our sincere thanks to those that have paid tribute and for helping us continue to keep the memory and legacy of their sacrifice alive.”

On Saturday morning at 10am footage from the doorstep tributes can be viewed on the charities’ Facebook pages and the Poppyscotland YouTube channel. That same evening at 7pm, an expert panel discussion will also be broadcast where experts will debate the events that occurred at St Valery. This will be followed by a tribute concert featuring a host of contributors including Runrig and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

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