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April 2018
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Burma Star Memorial Fund – support needed for Remembrance Project

The Burma Star Memorial Fund is embarking on an exciting new Remembrance Project and needs some help. It plans to set up an online ‘Remembrance Book’ which will include as many of the veterans of the ‘Burma Campaign’ as possible. To start the process it wants to have all the application forms of the members, past and present, of The Burma Star Association, approximately 56,000, digitalised to form a database for this project.

So what is needed is someone who is able to input the information on the application forms quickly and accurately on to a computer. There is office space available at the headquarters of the Association in London, where the forms are kept, for this to be undertaken.  The Memorial Fund would consider paying for this service if a suitable volunteer cannot be found. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact the office of the Fund on 020 7823 4273 or email burmastar@btconnect.com. Thank you.

Armed Forces Day Grant Scheme Opens for Applications

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.

The Ministry of Defence is providing funding to help organisations in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer to show support for the UK’s servicemen and women, past and present.

Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 (providing the MoD accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

Groups need to register their event before they can access the funding criteria.

E-mail: ARMEDFORCESDAY-Events@mod.gov.uk
 
Website Information:
https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/organise-your-own-event/

Scottish Veterans Fund 2018/19

Veterans are set to benefit from initiatives to improve employment opportunities and help transition after serving.

Awards made to veterans and ex-services charities across Scotland from the Scottish Veterans Fund (SVF) now total more than £1.3 million.

Grant funding of £204,000 has been newly allocated to ten projects across Scotland to encourage employment opportunities for veterans, help them develop key skills when transitioning and improve community support. Six projects which continue from last year will also be given £67,000 in 2018/19.

This funding includes £93,000 from Standard Life Aberdeen, over the next two years, who continue to partner with the Scottish Government to enhance the fund.

A link to the full news story is available here

Veteran Honoured For Advocacy And Endeavour


A blind veteran from St. Andrews has received a special award from military charity Blind Veterans UK for his outstanding achievements in rock climbing following his sight loss…

Garry Morrison, 36, received the award at the Blind Veterans UK Founder’s Day Awards, held at the charity’s training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton.

Garry says: “I was really humbled to be presented with this award, particularly because I know that without the support of Blind Veterans UK I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m rarely stuck for words but when my community support worker Jan read out my nomination I can honestly say I was speechless.” Full Story Here

Free Defence Privilege Card offers online and high street discounts to veterans

Veterans' Gateway has partnered with The Defence Discount Service (DDS) to offer free discount cards to eligible members of the Armed Forces community. Clients could save £100's if not £1000's each year.

Visit the Veterans' Gateway website for more information about the Defence Privilege Card. To apply, visit the Veterans' Gateway partnership page on the DDS website and use the password vetgateway at the bottom of the page.

The free Defence Privilege Card is available to HM Armed Forces veterans. Those who are not HM Armed Forces veterans can register free for the Defence Discount Service on the DDS website.

Help for homeless veterans (Scotland)

Help and assistance is available if you are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. You do not have to be sleeping rough to be eligible. See Shelter's website for advice about all aspects of homelessness.

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme – ‘One Year On’ Report

This publication explains the progress which has taken place over the past year to ensure the recommendations of the quinquennial (every five years) review of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) are implemented.

You can read the report in full here.

The Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 and what it means for your charity


Following considerable scrutiny and debate, the Lobbying (Scotland) Act 2016 became law in April 2016. That debate recognised lobbying as a legitimate and valuable part of our democratic process, whilst agreeing that the creation of a public Lobbying Register was appropriate to enhance public transparency, for certain types of lobbying.

Read the blog here 

Armed Forces Covenant


What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to you.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Further information is available here

Informing Scotland Events




27 Apr 18
- Angus

01 Oct 18 - National Event 2018 - Edinburgh City Chambers

Additional Locations and dates will be publish once confirmed.  If you wish to find out more about these events please contact the Veterans Scotland Support Officer.

 

Email: VS Support Officer

25 Apr 18 - Anzac Day Service
04 May 18 - Islay 100
29 May 18 - Scottish American Memorial Day
17 Jun 18 - Founder's Day
30 Jun 18 - Edinburgh Armed Forces Day
27 Jul 18 - Scottish Korean War Memorial
09 Nov 18 – Concert of Remembrance, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh
11 Nov 18 – Remembrance Sunday and Armistice 100

Further information is also available on the Legion Scotland website here

 

Additional Events of Interest


10 May 18 -    CTP Employment Fair
30 Jun 18 -     Armed Forces Day

 

Veterans Scotland Exec Meetings:


22 May 18 - New Haig House
25 Jul 18 -   New Haig House
14 Nov 18 - Exec & AGM - The Royal Scots Club

Salute My Job Newsletter

A copy of the recent newsletter from Salute My Job is available via the link below along with past issues:

Salutemyjob has developed a comprehensive seven step guide to help veterans showcase transferable skills when applying for civilian job roles.

Unforgotten Forces


Unforgotten Forces is a consortium of organisations, which includes Poppyscotland, has been awarded £4 million from the Aged Veterans Fund to undertake a three-year programme of support for older veterans over the age of 65 and their families in Scotland.

Unforgotten Forces Newsletter No.1 Spring 2018

Blesma Newsletter


Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity News





A link to the latest RNRMC News is available here

The Forces in Mind Trust have published several reports in relation to the wider Armed Forces and Veterans community.  Copies of these reports are available here>>

Poppy Pods


Ex military and current serving military can use for free at weekends (max 2 nights) and school holidays (max 4 nights).  Further information is available here.
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