27 August 2021 (Edition - Issue 31)

Using the Governance App webinar - Wednesday 15 September

This is a free webinar about The Governance App

Type of eventTraining

Event locationZoom

Event dateWednesday, 15 Sep 2021

Free online webinar: 12.00-12.45 on Wednesday 15 September

The Governance App is a new, free and easy way for your board of trustees to review and improve its governance, together.

The session will help you to make the most of the Governance App. It will cover everything from registering your organisation and completing the surveys, to using your results and planning your next steps.

You can then use the Governance App to:

• Gather responses from your whole board
• Get a performance score out of ten in seven different areas
• Highlight where board members have different views on performance
• Have targeted discussions about what’s going well and where to focus on improving

You will be sent the link to the webinar in your confirmation email from our Customer Services team.

Training schedule

Online webinar: 12:00-12.45 15 Sep 2021
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We want to understand, from your perspective, what supports have best helped your wellbeing after your family left the military.

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Employment, Training & Transition Support

Trustees for the Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans' Foundation was formed in mid-2016 and has awarded £7.1M in grants to over 260 charities and charitable organisations that are helping people in need from the armed forces' and operational qualified seafarers’ communities.  Such is its growth that the Veterans’ Foundation expects to be able to award a further £4.5M in grants in the coming year and more in future years.

We wish to recruit two additional Trustees who will share our passion and commitment to provide grants to help members of the armed forces who are in need.  Successful applicants will provide appropriate oversight of the governance of the Veterans’ Foundation, and, in addition to the general requirements of the role, the successful candidate will most likely be an experienced charity lawyer, or have experience of fundraising, or be experienced and successful in business.  Applicants may wish to be part of the Grants or Finance Sub-committees too.

The Veterans’ Foundation recognises the importance of board diversity and inclusivity and, in seeking to attract the best talent and expertise, continues to achieve diverse membership of its Board.  We encourage applications from people from all relevant backgrounds. 

The Board meets on a quarterly basis virtually or in Edinburgh and the time commitment is likely to average 1-2 days a month.

The position is voluntary but reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. 
Further details can be found on the Veterans’ Foundation’s website and specifically here:

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter to .
The closing date for applications is 18 Sep 21."

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. 



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                             Job Advertisement – Officers Association Scotland

Job title:               Head of Employment Services
Location:              Edinburgh – with travel across Scotland
Hours:                   35 hours per week
Salary:                   £32 - £35k
Benefits:              Contributory pension scheme after 3 months’ satisfactory service.

About Officers Association Scotland
Officers Association Scotland is a military charity, established in 1920, to provide support to serving or former military officers and their dependents. While originally a welfare charity, OA Scotland has developed, so that it now provides a comprehensive employment advice service along with welfare and financial support to individuals and grants to other charities.

Purpose of the Role
The primary responsibility of the Head of Employment Services is to develop, manage and deliver a high quality, individually tailored employment service to transitioning military personnel. They will also establish and nurture relationships with a wide range of employers, head-hunters and recruitment consultants across Scotland to recognise the value of military personnel in the commercial world. You will have a clear vision for our employment strategy and will bring creativity, passion and dedication to find a better way in how we deliver our services. You must be creative, forward thinking and want to challenge the traditional way to enjoy this role and our culture
By CV and covering letter to Heather McVeigh, Chief Executive, OA Scotland

Closing date:  Friday 17th September 2021

Interviews:     Week commencing 27th September
Informal enquiries about the post can be addressed to Heather McVeigh, Chief Executive, Officers Association Scotland Tel: 0131 550 1575.

A link to the OAS website is included here
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: 
  • 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



Scotland's network for therapeutic gardening

We at Veterans Scotland, have been aware of the outstanding work that is being achieve by trellis around the areas of therapeutic gardening and the benifits this can bring to individuals from many walks of life across the whole of Scotland. Information about current projects and the services they can provide are contained on their website (LINK HERE), it also contains a directory of Therapeutic Gardening projects with further information on each.

What is Therapeutic Gardening ?

Therapeutic Gardening (also known as 'Social and Therapeutic Gardening') is the use of garden space and/or activities to help people enhance their health and well being. Gardening can be an enjoyable medium through which to promote physical, social and emotional health. Gardening can also offer education and training opportunities, not only in horticulture skills but life skills, literacy and numeracy. In turn these can lead to improvements in confidence, pride, quality of life and self-esteem.

Formal definitions of therapeutic gardening include:

‘The use of plants by a trained professional as a medium through which certain clinically defined goals may be met.’

‘… the process by which individuals may develop well-being using plants and horticulture. This is achieved through active or passive involvement.’

Journal of Social & Therapeutic Horticulture, 1999.


Social and Therapeutic Gardening in Scotland

There are 425 projects in the Trellis therapeutic gardening network. They can be found in big cities and on tiny islands, operating in care homes, hospitals, colleges, schools and nurseries, prisons, hospices and community plots. Together we support over 10,000 people each week. We welcome between 30-50 new projects to the network each year.


Who Takes Part in Social and Therapeutic Gardening

A survey of the Trellis network of therapeutic gardens shows they support a range of gardeners from children in hospice care to older gardeners living in sheltered accommodation. For a more in-depth description of therapeutic gardening click on these factsheets;

What is Therapeutic Gardening?
Therapeutic Gardening: theory and evidence - A summary of the main studies relevant to gardening therapy 

Please contact us if you have any specific questions about therapeutic gardening. We can research information for you and also call on the expertise of over 420 therapeutic gardening projects already established in Scotland.

Email Use the online form to send us your questions and contact details. 




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.


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

The latest copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:

News and Other Updates


The 2021 Battle Proms concerts raised some £45,877.96 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity after five stunning summer concerts across England.

SSAFA has been Battle Proms’ chosen charity since 2018, and the concert series have raised nearly £170,000 for it since then – even though the 2020 season was cancelled because of lockdown restrictions.

The Battle Proms features a full orchestral performance by the New English Concert Orchestra. While the orchestra was slightly smaller this year to allow for social distancing on stage, it lined up yet another programme of soul-stirring classical favourites, including the 1812 Overture and Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, performed with the full complement of 193 live-firing, Napoleonic-era cannon.

This year’s Battle Proms season featured concerts at Burghley House, Highclere Castle, Blenheim Palace, Ragley Hall, and Hatfield House – some of England’s best-loved country houses.

Jonathan Sandall, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said: “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the audiences at the five Battle Proms concerts across the summer. We have raised a superb £45,877.96 through the season and couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of the organisers, venue hosts, and our amazing volunteers.

 “This money will help SSAFA support the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel, veterans and their families.

 “And it’s through the generosity and support of the British public and events like Battle Proms that we can continue. So, a big ‘thank you’ to all who’ve helped us, especially by attending the concerts, and if you didn’t make it to one this year, be sure to keep an eye out for the 2022 season.”

Emma Dexter, Marketing Manager of JSL Productions, which stages the Battle Proms concerts, added: “Through donations from our wonderful audiences and contributions from concert profits, the Battle Proms Team is proud to confirm that more than half a million pounds – including £169,686.43 for SSAFA – has been raised for charities working with veterans, serving members of the Armed Forces and their families.

“The Battle Proms team would like to thank everyone who has donated so generously at our concerts this year, despite the challenging times we find ourselves in, and are delighted to confirm that we will once again be supporting SSAFA in 2022.”

To find out more about SSAFA, visit

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