26 February 2021 (Edition - Issue 8)

Employment Updates



With so many different options available, knowing which industry to choose and where your skills will be valued can often feel like an up-hill battle. We break it down into five manageable steps to help you find where you belong on Civvy Street.

Military to Civvy Street: The Ultimate Guide To A Successful Career Transition


Your mission to find the right job in the right organisation when you leave the Armed Forces will need to be as targeted and well planned as any military operation. Employers are always searching for quality talent and many are specifically interested in recruiting ex-military people, especially for their ‘soft’ skills. 

However their requirements are increasingly precise, so you and your skills must match their needs; you will also need to provide evidence of your acquired military knowledge, skills and experience that fits the requirements of individual job descriptions.


Funding & Financial Support

New funding programmes opening in April 2021

We are pleased to announce new funding programmes for the 2021/22 financial year.

These programmes are designed to support veterans, Armed Forces families and serving personnel, to recover from some of the wider impacts of the Covid pandemic.

Sustaining Support for Armed Forces communities

The £6 million Sustaining Support for Armed Forces Communities programme will open in April.

This programme will provide funding for existing charitable projects that give help to Armed Forces communities, but which need short term support to continue, as a result of the impact of Covid on charitable income.

Armed Forces charities, and charities that have an existing track record of providing support for Armed Forces communities, will be able to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 for up to one year. Organisations applying for a grant will need to show us they provide support to people from Armed Forces communities, and that it would have a negative effect, particularly on veterans and Armed Forces families, if this work could not be continued. Support for core costs will be available for Armed Forces charities.


Find out more

We’ll have more information on all of these programmes in due course as they go live.

In the meantime, take a look at our programme overview below.

Additional information can be found on the website below:
New funding programmes opening in April 2021 : The Armed Forces Covenant Trust (

Social Security Scotland

Looking for information on our benefits that you can share with your clients? Visit to get resources like factsheets and social media posts. Clients can also be signposted to

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: 
  • 26 February

  • 21 May

  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Veterans’ Foundation show continued support for Scotty’s Little Soldiers with two generous grants

Bereaved children’s military charity, Scotty’s Little Solders, has been awarded two grants from the Veterans’ Foundation, totalling £35,766, to help provide support to children and young people who have experienced the death a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

The Veterans’ Foundation was set up to help fund charities and other charitable organisations that are helping serving and former members of the Armed Forces, and their dependants, who are in need. The Veterans’ Foundation raises its money through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations, and has shown continued support for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, having awarded the charity with a number of grants dating back to 2017, and every year since.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, a year after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Nikki saw the devastating impact on their two young children and set up the charity to help others in the same situation.

Health & Wellbeing

Exciting research opportunities for those who have recently left, or are leaving, the #ArmedForces!

The MeT4VeT project is funded by the Forces in Mind Trust and aims to develop a mental health toolkit for veterans. This project proceeds the stigma and barriers to care study (See report here) which identified three core barriers that prevented veterans from seeking help for their mental health.

The research team has worked closely with veterans and stakeholders to develop the MeT4VeT app which aims to will help veterans overcome these barriers. The app aims to do in this in 3 ways:

  1. Provide education to help veterans understand mental health difficulties.
  2. Enable veterans to identify their own experiences of mental health and recognise when they may need support.
  3. Support veterans by giving them access to self-help tools and by providing details of organisations who can help them.

We are now looking for volunteers to test the app!

If you want to take part, click here to see if you’re eligible.

If you would like more information, please email:

Support for Veterans from Pain Association Scotland

The Veterans project was established to help Veterans living with chronic pain and other limiting conditions.  The simple idea was to develop a specialist service just for veterans because feedback, requests for help and experience in the field had identified that veterans often struggled to access or benefit from work delivered in the wider civilian community.

The trouble with chronic conditions is that they often involve a long and harrowing journey through the medical system which ultimately ends in disappointment. Ultimately people reach the limits of clinical help and are left facing the stark reality of having to deal with an intractable condition on their own. This often leads to a difficult mix of: bewilderment, frustration, anger, low mood, stress, anxiety and an overwhelming sense of being abandoned and isolated.   For many veterans these condition related problems can exacerbate pre-existing distress caused by adjustment issues, stress, trauma and difficult family life.

Feedback and experience of working with veterans before the project started informed us that these experiences were likely to be felt especially acutely by veterans who were already struggling to adjust to life outside of the structure and certainty of serving in the armed forces.

We had noticed that veterans seldom attended our regular community groups and that when they did come they often had special needs that a community based project could not meet.  Our trainers were told that issues linked to trauma and isolation meant that veterans often said that they found it difficult to fit in or tolerate civilians.

The project was therefore developed to help a particular group of people who are often isolated for a variety of reasons, may be struggling to cope with life generally and feel isolated from the help that they need. Many may also be struggling with issues related to trauma that mean they find it hard to socialise.

To address the needs of veterans and improve access we developed the idea of providing training, education and support specifically for veterans.


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.  

Helping disabled people, older people and members of the armed forces community to find the right home in the right place


If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or still serving, finding a suitable home on civvy street can be one of the hardest things you will do, especially if you are an older person or have a disability.

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.

A link to the current Guides is available 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.

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

Ann updated copy of the information booklet as at 04 February 2021 is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates

Sacro’s Veterans Mentoring Service (VMS) provides support to veterans who have become, or are at risk of becoming, involved in the criminal justice system. The service also includes those veterans about to leave the Armed Forces through dishonourable discharge or disciplinary dismissal.
The VMS mentors, all of whom have previous lived military experience, provides intensive mentoring and one-to-one peer support that is focussed on supporting veterans – the mentees, at a time of significant challenge in their lives. It assists mentees to recognise and develop their life skills including accessing education and employment training, sustaining their tenancies and accommodation and building the confidence to make critical changes in their lives.
These critical changes include addressing their offending behaviour, understanding the effects of this on their lives and the lives of their families and friends, as well as those who live in the local communities; they also assist in addressing alcohol and substance misuse, mental health problems, and social isolation.
The veterans referred to the service often need assistance to engage with health services to support their mental and physical well-being and their mentors support them to develop their self-esteem and work towards sustainable independent living.
The VMS provide support across Scotland from its hubs in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin and Aberdeen and we can be contacted on veterans@sacro


The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is a non-ministerial office and part of the Scottish Administration following commencement of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

We are the independent regulator and registrar for over 24,000 Scottish charities including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers. Our work as Regulator ultimately supports public confidence in charities and their work.

We are independent of Scottish Government and report directly to the Scottish Parliament every year.

How can we help?

COVID-19 guidance on meetings and AGMs updated


Meetings and AGMs

One of the challenges for charities during COVID-19 has been how to hold meetings including Annual General Meetings.  For some of you, this has also impacted on the finalising of the Annual Report and Accounts where this has been directly linked to your AGM.  Because of these impacts, we allowed charities extra time to submit their annual reports and accounts (what we called a ‘grace period’) between 01 March 2020 and 31 March 2021.  This allowed charities an additional 9 months to submit their accounts. 

As we reported last week, from the 01 April 2021 charities will no longer receive this additional time, and the register will show if they have submitted their annual information late, that is to say not within 9 months of their year-end date.

It is more important than ever, therefore, for you to think about how you are going to hold your necessary trustee meetings and AGMs.  The virtual option will probably be the best one for most charities.  If you have not already done so, you should look at your governing document and see whether or not it permits you to hold virtual AGMs and other meetings.  If it does not, now is the time to make the necessary change.  This is not only good for the current difficult circumstances, but will allow you to use different methods of meeting in the future which could be good in terms of the effective governance of your charity.

For some charities, making these changes might be difficult.  This will depend on what your governing document says about making changes, and what your charity’s legal form is.  Where it is too difficult for you to make these changes at this time, and your only option is to meet virtually, then you should do this.  It is much better to meet virtually than not at all.

Specific legislation had been passed allowing SCIOs, charitable companies and community benefit society to hold virtual member’s meetings (including AGMs but not other charity trustee meetings) where face-to-face meetings were not possible. This legislation runs until 30 March 2021, but is not going to be extended further.  Originally, the Act had also allowed for the postponement of AGMs that were due to be held between 26 March and 30 September.  This was not extended beyond that date.

You can read our updated guidance here.

We know it will continue to be difficult for some charities.  We will continue to take a proportionate and supportive approach to charities in tricky situations.  If you have any questions, please get in touch at

Empowering You 2.0

2 weeks to go to Empowering You 2.0! Have you booked your ticket yet? Back by popular demand and in honour of #internationalwomensday2021, RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity Empowering You 2.0 Employment event brings new advice from inspiring speakers from Lloyds Banking, Barclays and the Military Coworking Network, to help you prepare and get ahead in a post-Covid world of work. This is an excellent addition to our Military Women and Families (spouse/partner) programmes and we encourage anyone seeking support in their job search to join. Jump-start your career with us 8th March 10:30 - 1200. Share with family, friends, colleagues and anyone that could benefit from this amazing event. #MilitaryWomen #militaryspouses #sustainableemployment Book now to save your space:

Empowering You 2.0 Employment Event - How to Stand Out and Get Ahead!

Empowering You 2.0 Employment Event - How to Stand Out and Get Ahead!

February Newsletter
Whether you are already an Access customer, or a Not For Profit looking to gain insight into technology and innovation that will enable your organisation to make the greatest possible impact to the cause you support, join us at Access All Areas, a must attend FREE virtual event.

The sessions include engaging discussions with industry-leading guest speakers, thought-provoking workshops, and product updates that give you the opportunity to learn how our suite of software can support your organisation.
Don't miss out, explore our sessions and register!
Six tips to help charity leaders manage uncertainty
Uncertainty is a natural and unavoidable part of life. None of us have a job for life, a guarantee of good health, or absolute certainty over what tomorrow will bring. As the pandemic has shown, life can change quickly and unpredictably.
In an uncertain world, our need for certainty fuels worry and anxiety and makes the management of uncertainty for ourselves, and our organisations an important skill for charity leaders.

Discover Lucy Gower's tips to help you manage uncertainty. Lucy is the Founder and Director of 
The road to a successful crowdfunding campaign
Crowdfunding is designed to help you raise money from a ‘crowd’ of people, it sounds simple enough in theory – but the reality isn’t always so straight forward. Did you know that there is more than one type of crowdfunding model? Apparently so. Fortunately, this is a fundraising blog, so we’ll be focussing our efforts on donation-based, rather than equity and revenue-sharing campaigns.

So here are a few tips to help get you started.
How do I get my Board to agree to pursuing a Google Ad Grant? 
What are the benefits of Google Ad Grants?
Winning a £95,000 Google Ad Grant can truly revolutionise a charity’s online visibility. Google Ads is the tool that allows your organisation to appear on google, at the exact moment it matters, when someone is searching for topics related to your cause. It’s a great time to reach hidden audiences and educate people on your cause, recruit volunteers and attract donors to support your organisation.

What concerns do Google Ad Grants raise for decision makers?
Whilst the benefits of having a Google Ad Grants are clear, there are of course concerns that board members and other decision makers may raise when you are looking at pursuing a Google Ad Grant.
How can these Google Ad Grant concerns be addressed?
Ad Grants’ unique features require specific expertise to best utilise the grant and succeed online. Often, partnering with an agency professional can extend your organisation’s resources and maximise value.
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