02 July 2021 (Edition - Issue 25)

Employment, Training & Transition Support

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. 


Education Opertunities

Veterans Scotland were very pleased to join colleagues from Napier University and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and participate in a recent Podcast looking at education opportunities for Ex-Forces and those Serving Personnel resident in Scotland.
Did you know that skills learned whilst serving in the Armed Forces could get you on to year two or even three of a degree course?
Did you know there is a project underway Mapping Military roles/experiences with Civilian equivalents to give credit for time served?
Did you know there is funding available for Veterans AND their spouses?
Education is a right not a privilege – if you are considering it then watch this. If you are not considering it then CONSIDER IT.
Find out more via the video link below:

Crux Cast takeover #2 - Matt Pybus - Education opportunities and support for veterans in Scotland - YouTube
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

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


Positive Futures – getting transition right in Scotland

The Commissioner’s Positive Futures work is about ensuring that we have in place the right support towards a positive destination rather than just any destination so that all veterans can reach their full potential on civvy street. The benefits of ‘a good transition’ reach far beyond individuals themselves. Our communities, employers and society in general all benefit when veterans transition well. The challenge for government and society is to set the right conditions for a seamless transition, where individual needs and aspirations can be supported flexibly and consistently. To get this right, transition services and support processes need to be integrated, flexible and built around the individual. Scotland has the capability of delivering this approach, which aligns with the Scottish Government’s ambitions for its wellbeing economy. Each report contains recommendations for government aimed at securing more positives outcomes for our veterans and their families who choose to settle in Scotland.

The latest report looks at Housing and Making a Home in Civilian Society and can be found here 

Further information is available on the SVC website here

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

Scottish Munro record holder, Donnie Campbell, joins Venture Trust as new ambassador

Venture Trust are delighted to announce Donnie Campbell as our latest ambassador. Donnie is the record holder for a complete round of all 282 Scottish Munro’s in 31 days and is one of Scotland’s top running coaches. His main sport is ultra mountain running and has won races all over the world, representing team GB at the world trail running championships and also running across the Namib dessert in 9 days. Donnie has an incredible amount of motivation, stamina and self-belief and he wants to push others to be the best they can be.
Mike Strang, Interm CEO at Venture Trust, comments “Donnie is a shining example of what hard work, motivation and self-belief can achieve. As an ex-marine turned ultra-mountain runner, Donnie is well placed to inspire the people we work with who may not have had the best start in life. We are delighted to have Donnie on board.”
Mike continued, “Donnie’s appointment is particularly timely as we recently launched an Outdoor Therapy service which specifically provides mental health support to veterans struggling with their transitioning to civilian life and looking for new goals and aspirations.”
At Venture Trust, we work with people to gain the life skills, stability and confidence needed to reach their potential. Through person-centred support in communities and experiential learning in the Scottish outdoors we challenge individuals to reflect on beliefs, attitudes and behaviours so they can unlock skills and learn new, more positive, ways of approaching situations.
By adapting to environments like the outdoors, people we work with increase resilience, develop understanding of how to interact others, and improve impulse control in challenging situations. We have personal development programmes for young people, those involved in criminal justice and ex-service personnel struggling with civilian life.
Donnie is an inspiration to those facing and overcoming challenging circumstances and shares the belief that we can build skills through new experiences in the outdoors and getting out of our comfort zone. Donnie says, “My achievements are about building mental stamina as much as physical stamina; once you reach difficult circumstances, you know you have been through it before, and you can get through it again. The circumstances I’ve faced in life might be different, but by offering the right support and opportunities to learn out in the wild, I believe everyone working with Venture Trust has the chance to rise from their challenges and become the best version of themselves”.  
Growing up in the Isle of Skye, Donnie is used to being in the countryside and surrounded by nature. He joined the Royal Marine Commando at age 17 and went to Iraq at age 18, facing many challenges at a young age. Donnie left the marines to study Sports Coaching and Development and wanted to use his enthusiasm and coaching skills to encourage other people to reach their goals.
Mike concludes, “We are really excited about working with Donnie and hope that together we can really inspire people to try new experiences, especially in the outdoors, and push themselves to achieve their goals and reach their potential”.



Held on-line, with hundreds of entries received up to the midnight on Saurday June 26th cut off.
Judges included our the Principal Officer of the US Consulate Edinburgh, Ellen Wong judging The Best Puppy,  Capt Chris McGinley and Lt Cdr Garth Atkinson judging best Beard and Most Aerodynamic Ears, with Parachute Regiment Veteran and Paralympian athlete Scott Meenagh judging Best Salute and Veteran Richard Mearns with Assistance Dog Ziggy judging Best in Show.

Winners will be announced on July 3rd  

Rosettes and prizes including books by BRAVEHOUND’s Patron, Best-selling author Damien Lewis will be sent out the following week.

Thank you to all who entered and our illustrious judges!

Breakfast Clubs 

There are no fees or subs and NOT here to make money for any organisation/business.

It all started at a Garage, when three friends used to meet on a Saturday morning, they used to get together and have a morning butty and banter.

Then one day a Sapper brought a BV206 military-tracked vehicle in for some work doing to it, as he was looking for someone who knew about military vehicles. Once the vehicle was there it generated interest in mates getting together, lads from an old army unit whilst looking at the tracked vehicle.

Then after that, it started by word of mouth, first to someone in Newcastle who was visiting Hull, then it grew from there.

Since the start of the first Butty & Banter Club, it has grown worldwide, with clubs in multiple countries.

Further information on where your local breackfast club is can be found on the website via the link below.

Scotland AFVBC | Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Clubs | By Veterans For Veterans


The latest news from the National Charity of the Royal Navy

June 2021
On behalf of everyone at the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, we hope this finds you and your family in the best of health and spirits.
In your June newsletter, find out how your support makes a positive difference to the lives of those who serve or have served in the Royal Navy.
We are incredibly proud to share our Impact Report for 2020. It may have been a year like no other, but this has only served to strengthen our resolve to deliver the life-long support that our beneficiaries and supporters count on us to provide.
Thanks to you, our loyal supporters, last year we provided £7million of funding with a focus on identifying need, early intervention and prevention. We moved to operating as a commissioning agent rather than just a traditional grant maker and we launched six specially developed funding programmes for the communities we serve.
We answered 413 enquiries to the RNRMC Support Line, awarded 190 emergency grants through the hardship fund, supported 8,701 older veterans, and much much more.
Truthfully, we could not do this without you. We, and those we serve, sincerely appreciate your support.
Read the full Impact Report here
Helping Older Veterans Stay Connected 
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is working in partnership with the Royal Naval Association (RNA) to bring online connectivity into the homes of our older veterans. We need your help to find naval veterans who could benefit from this!  
The Sparko TV kit is a small box which connects to a TV and comes with a webcam and a very simple remote control. This enables people to connect with family, friends and community using simple digital technology.
Can you help? Find out more.
Caring for Carers
During Carers Week, at the beginning of June, we celebrated everything carers do – and the sacrifices they make – to look after disabled Royal Navy and Royal Marines veterans.
Thanks to your support, we have been able to award respite care charity, Revitalise, a grant of £11,540, enabling them to provide breaks for disabled ex-Royal Navy personnel and their carers, many of whom are in desperate need of a break following lockdown.
This RNRMC grant will enable Revitalise to provide up to 20 vital respite breaks in a safe, social and accessible environment for those Royal Navy beneficiaries who are most vulnerable and most in need. 
One recent Royal Navy guest described their time at Revitalise:
“Revitalise has a wonderful family feel of togetherness and a positive community atmosphere. It has given me the confidence to connect and meet new people.  I have some very precious memories now.  I am thankful that Revitalise exists in this country.”
Read more 
Leave a gift with the RNRMC
Every time someone leaves a gift to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity in their Will, they help us to ensure that the United Kingdom’s Naval family are supported, for life. Every gift of every size has a lasting impact. We are indebted to all those who choose to support us in this way.
If you are moved to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the most wonderful gift you could ever make to support the nation’s sailors, marines and their families won’t cost you a penny in your lifetime, but will help us transform lives in the future and for generations to come.
Find out about our free Will writing services here. 
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Support Line

Please call 023 9387 1568 to speak to a member of the RNRMC Support Line team for friendly, high-quality advice and assistance on a wide range of matters, including signposting you to the right organisation for the support you seek.

This service is operated from 0830 – 1630 Monday to Friday.

SaluteMyJob partners with HireVue to help ex-military personnel stand out in a job interview

Helping veterans and members of the Armed Forces community to secure the right employment opportunities, this partnership with HireVue furnishes jobseekers with the tools they need to succeed at the interview stage.


SaluteMyJob x Hirevue

It is becoming more and more common for companies to use video interviewing technology to screen job applicants and narrow down the pool of candidates to invite for the next stage of the recruitment process. Typically, military personnel come out of the Armed Forces never having experienced a virtual video interview, which puts them at a distinct disadvantage.

Giving Serving and former military personnel and their families a fighting chance in the civilian recruitment process, SaluteMyJob has partnered with international interview technology developers HireVue to provide the Armed Forces community with the resources they need to familiarise themselves with virtual interviews. These resources include a couple of free mock video interviews developed exclusively for the Armed Forces community and a personality assessment tool, which enables job seekers to determine which roles they might be best suited to.

Designed to help build interview skills and confidence, the mock interviews allow individuals to practice interviewing and to play-back and review their performance to ensure that they are prepared and ready for the main event.

“We’re proud to be partnering with SaluteMyJob to improve employment opportunities for veterans in the UK,” said Kevin Parker, Chairman and CEO of HireVue. “Technology should not be a barrier to re-entering the workforce and candidates will be able to build confidence in answering video interview questions and trialling the virtual interview technology now used in the recruitment processes of many large organisations.” 

Commenting on this new partnership, SaluteMyJob’s Managing Director, Andrew Jackson added:

“This partnership with HireVue is invaluable in our mission to ensure ex-Servicemen and women are in a position to access the opportunities available to them when they leave the Armed Forces and take the right steps on their journeys into employment.” 

What is a video interview and how does it work?

In much the same way as a face-to-face interview, a video interview will follow a question and answer format so that the interviewer can learn more about you, your skills and competencies and how you can add value to their company. What makes interview technology different is that the questions will be pre-programmed – presented in either written or in video form – and the interviewee will have up to three minutes in which to record an answer. Most interviews will include five to eight questions. Learn everything you need to know about video interview technology in our guide.

How video interview practice can benefit the armed forces community 

No matter whether you have spent four years, 10 years or over 20 years in the Armed Forces it’s likely you won’t have attended many job interviews. This simple fact puts many ex-military candidates at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to applying for a civilian job.

Thanks to Hirevue former and Serving military personnel and their families can now practice and perfect their interview technique using our mock interviews. These mock interviews give jobseekers the opportunity not only to familiarise themselves with video interview technology but also to rehearse and fine tune their interviewing skills so that they can clearly convey their skills, abilities and experience at the big event.

  • Build confidence

Practice makes confidence. With our interview practice tool, you can practice online anytime, anywhere.

  • Refine your interview technique 

Improve and hone your interview technique by reviewing recordings of your performance.

  • Learn how to showcase your talents

Run through interview questions that have been specially designed to help ex-military personnel to understand how to present their skills at the interview stage.

Find out more here.

Homeport summer 2021 edition

Homeport is The Naval Families Federation’s magazine published quarterly for Royal Naval and Royal Marines families throughout the world.

Homeport covers the work NFF has done to speak up for Naval Service families, official updates of policies that affect our audience, the latest activities within the Naval Service, advice and columns written for serving families and much more.

The summer edition of Homeport is now available for Royal Navy & Royal Marines families. In this edition, you will find:

  • House rules – New contract coming for management of SFA
  • Visa travail – Don’t make an expensive mistake!
  • Being heard – Spotlight on Service children at schools
  • Honest accounts of RN/RM life from our star columnists
  • Your questions answered
  • And MUCH more!

Click here to find out more.

“We Also Served” Report Launch – recording available to view

Last week the Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research launched their report “We Also Served: The Health and Well-Being of Female Veterans in the UK”.

In June 2020, the Cobseo Female Veteran Cluster commissioned the VFI to undertake a scoping study into the health and well-being needs of female veterans in the UK, identify gaps in research utilising national and international research, and to provide a framework for prioritising research and other activities with female veterans in the UK going forward.

In this excellent webinar, Dr Lauren Godier-McBard (Senior Research Fellow and Women and Equalities Lead, VFI) presented the findings of the project, exploring the factors impacting on UK female veteran’s health and well-being. This was followed by reflections from representatives of Cobseo, NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, and the Ministry of Defence on the significance of the research, and a Q&A panel session.

Click here to access the full recording.

400,000 Steps in July Challenge

Take 400,000 steps from 1 July to 31 July

400,000 seafarers around the world have been stranded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are still in crisis, far away from family, missing out on key life events and struggling with isolation and loneliness.

Join us this July in walking 400,000 steps (that’s 13k steps a day) in support of seafarers’ and their families and get a free The Seafarers’ Charity t-shirt when you sign-up!

Register here –

Combat Stress update – COVID-19 

Combat Stress reacted and adapted quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, rapidly moving to deliver our specialist treatment online and by phone whilst also adjusting our fundraising efforts to encompass virtual events and challenges to ensure the charity continued to receive vital funds. PTSD and other complex mental health conditions don’t stop and neither have we.

In the last year almost 14,000 veterans benefited from our help; 8,877 veterans called our Helpline, 3,614 accessed our newly developed online self-help resources and 1,334 veterans received direct support from our specialist staff.

Our digital treatment and support platform allowed more veterans to access our charity’s crucial support, particularly whilst COVID-19 safety measures continue to be in place.

The platform includes self-help psycho-education materials aimed at keeping veterans in good mental and physical shape. These materials are evidence-based and of high clinical quality. Veterans can watch our clinicians talk about mental health difficulties that might affect them and read information about what to do to help themselves. There is also help and advice for veterans’ families, employers and other organisations who support veterans.

The materials enable veterans to start to understand their difficulties even before contacting us for help and can continue to be used during treatment and afterwards. Veterans whose level of need is not suited to our clinical service will also benefit from accessing these materials.

Development of our online services has been well received by veterans: our National Veterans Voice group and our research with veterans tell us that online therapy is a good way of increasing access to therapy and services. Some veterans find it easier to engage with online therapy rather than in-person therapy.

During the year, our expert clinicians further developed and implemented our updated treatment programmes. These are designed to meet the specific needs of veterans with the complex mental health needs that have arisen because of traumatic experiences whilst serving in the military.

We have continued to collaborate with the NHS which is increasingly moving to better serve veterans and their families as part of mainstream mental health services. Working in partnership, we have begun to deliver parts of Op COURAGE – their veterans’ mental health service in England. We remain part-funded by the NHS to deliver our intensive treatment in Scotland, as well as providing services to Welsh veterans from our central England hub. In Northern Ireland we are working closely with the NHS as part of the Regional Trauma Network.

We now look forward to welcoming veterans back to our treatment centres, when safe to do so, for in-person treatment.

We're so excited to share with you our NEW HireVue interview practice and personality assessment tools!

Helping military personnel to stand-out at the interview stage, our new tools give you the resources to identify your professional skills and hone your interview technique ahead of the big event. 

Our new interview tool gives you the opportunity to practice and perfect your interview technique through a series of specially-developed mock video interviews.

Our new AI-driven self-awareness & personality assessment tool uses a game style-quiz to help you to determine which career best suits your natural skills and abilities.


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