30 April 2021 (Edition - Issue 17)

Employment, Training & Transition Support
SCVO training: Continue your professional development
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The next #ForcesFamiliesJobs webinar looks at self-employment support and we'll be joined by three amazing organisations

. If self-employment or your own business is something you're thinking of, register today
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National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans

National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans provides a zero-rate of secondary Class 1 National Insurance contributions on civilian employment after leaving the regular armed forces.

Funding & Financial Support

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: 
  • 21 May

  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Forces in Mind Trust and Directory of Social Change to explore the impact of Covid-19 on the Armed Forces Charities sector

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £271,000 to Directory of Social Change (DSC) to continue the successful Armed Forces Charities Project, expanding knowledge and evidence for the sector from 2021-2023 and examining the impact of Covid-19.

The project will include regular surveys on the impact of Covid-19 for Cobseo (the Confederation of Service Charities) Members, an online dashboard of key sector metrics and a new Sector Insight report. This follows a previous group of reports produced by DSC and funded by FiMT, which have given an overview of the sector, and which recently provided vital evidence to secure government funding for charities struggling due to the impact of Covid-19 in 2020.

Prior to the pandemic, comprehensive Sector Insight reports were published in 2014 and 2020 and these have been well-used resources for the sector. DSC will produce the next report in 2023 to give an overview of the economic and social impact of the pandemic on Armed Forces charities, as well as an insight into the sector’s trajectory.

Ray Lock CBE, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said

“The most recent of DSC’s Cobseo Members surveys last October found that 60% of respondents reported an increase in beneficiary numbers since May, with demand for mental health support increasing by 74%. Meanwhile, 72% of Service charities reported a decrease in monthly income. Undeniably, Covid-19 is having serious consequences for Armed Forces charities – and the impact is far from over.

“Previous research as part of this project has been a great help to the sector. We are delighted to be able to continue our fruitful relationship with DSC over the coming years, to provide the sector with vital insights through this uncertain period.”

Stuart Cole, DSC’s Research Development Manager, said

“We are very proud of the impact we have achieved in partnership with Forces in Mind Trust. From definitive sector guides in our Focus On and Sector Insight series, to delivering key evidence through our Cobseo surveys; we are committed to providing research that informs policy and practice for charities serving the Armed Forces community.

My colleagues and I are extremely grateful to FiMT for their ongoing support and commitment. We very much look forward to continuing this excellent partnership and important work in the wake of the pandemic.”

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

The Veterans Assist Scotland Website has a wide range of information and advice available including the details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.

Veterans Assist Scotland (

Veterans Assist Scotland - looks to signpost and connect the Veterans' Community including their families, with the organisations and services best placed to help with information, advice and support that they may need from across Scotland.


Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

An updated copy of the information booklet as at 25 March 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s Operation Bletchley event is now open for registration!

Your mission is to cover the miles, crack the codes and uncover the message you need to deliver to Winston Churchill before time runs out.

From 1st July, take on our 50 mile London mission, our 100 mile Paris mission or our brand new 30 mile Cairo mission and crack the codes as you go. With three levels of codes; junior, codebreaker and cypher expert to tackle, get the whole family together this summer. You have one month, recruit.

You can take part from anywhere in the world using your phone, fitness tracker or a good old map.

Challenge yourself physically and mentally with this brilliant event. Immerse yourself in the historically and geographically accurate story, and be a part of something incredible this summer whilst supporting ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Find out more here.

Walking With The Wounded launches ‘Overcoming’ – a new podcast series

  • WWTW launches ‘Overcoming’ podcast to mark 10th Year Anniversary.
  • Guests include ex RAF Sgt Duncan Slater and ex Para turned World Champion cyclist Jaco van Gass.
  • New episodes released monthly.

Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’) is launching a new podcast series ‘Overcoming’. The podcast focuses on ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences, from veterans who have overcome life-changing challenges to figures from public life.

Set to debut on April 29, 2021, the first episode features WWTW Ambassador, veteran, and double leg amputee- Duncan Slater. During the 30-minute podcast, Duncan Slater discusses his military career and the tour in Afghanistan that changed his life forever.

Duncan Slater, WWTW Ambassador, said,

“I have supported Walking With The Wounded for several years. I am excited to be involved in the ‘Overcoming’ Podcast series and to share my story. Walking With The Wounded backed me when no one else would. They supported me to achieve some incredible feats, from skiing to the South Pole to becoming the first double leg amputee to complete the infamous Marathon des Sables.”

Fergus Williams, CEO of WWTW, commented,

“The Overcoming podcast presents a new platform for us to share the stories that help to shape who we are as an organisation, what we do, and who we support. Walking With The Wounded launched off the back of an expedition to the North Pole in 2011, since then WWTW has experienced phenomenal growth due to our innovative collaborations to address veteran issues. We are now a national charity with teams across the UK, working closely with the NHS, our principal partner, and we have supported more than 10,000 veterans and their families. The new podcast is a chance for us to share some of the incredible stories from people across the whole organisation.” 

Further episodes include interviews with the charity’s 2021 Walk of Oman expedition team and a reunion of the North Pole team, including Jaco van Gass, medically discharged from the Parachute Regiment after losing his arm while serving in Afghanistan and has gone on to become a World Champion cyclist.

‘Overcoming’ is available on Spotify and iTunes.

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