20 August 2021 (Edition - Issue 30)

Support for veterans

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected.

Image of servicemen helping Afghans onto a plane. Text reads: Support for veterans.

This nation is justifiably proud of its Armed Forces, and the brave men and women who step up to serve their nation, often at great personal sacrifice. All those who served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years should be proud of their professionalism and what they helped achieve.

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected by the latest news.

Immediate support

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or

Veterans in Scotland can access veteran-led mental health and welfare support through Veterans First Point, part of NHS Scotland.UK-wide

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Check in on each other and if you or someone you know is struggling, get in touch with the services available now.

Support services for veterans and their families: detailed information

If you are a veterans or a family member of a veteran who finds themselves in need of support or advice, then please look at the links below from the GOV.UK website to see if they can provide an answer.  

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Employment Pensions and compensation Service records and medals Welfare and support


Employment, Training & Transition Support

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. 


Have you seen our latest newsletter? It features a great guide to filling your skills gaps after the military, information on which skills are most sought-after on Civvy Street and much, much more! Read now:]

                             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

Bursary Award                                             

To celebrate its Centenary, the Officers Association Scotland is offering a Bursary Award to support currently serving or former officers in expanding their learning in order to enhance their employment opportunities.

This grant is designed to enable self-development, to achieve and progress in that career you desire. It can be used for a specific training programme, Higher or Further Education.

The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single payment per year direct to the learning institution. The length of Bursary support will be assessed at the application stage and then reviewed at the end of each year. Consideration may also be given to study costs such as learning materials and childcare; however this will be on a case by case basis.
To be eligible to apply for this bursary you must be:
  • Men and women who have at any time held a commission with any branch of the naval, military or air forces of the Crown, and allied nursing services, and who are resident in Scotland.
  • Planning to undertake training/education within a Scottish Institution
  • Able to demonstrate that this learning will enhance your employment opportunities

Please note we are unable to make any retrospective payments for course fees and study materials. This also includes self funded payments or loans that you may have taken out with a college or bank.

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


Forces of Nature

Supporting military veterans and their families through outdoor activities.

Forces of Nature provides support to military veterans and their families though a range of activities.

Our family-friendly activities run alongside our established gardening project. Forces of Nature encourages inter-generational pursuits that will develop a knowledge of horticulture and other outdoor activities. The practical lessons, support and competitions will take place via webinars as well as face-to-face.

The service offers bespoke support which allows everyone to participate, while adapting activities to suit individual needs.

If you have an interest in outdoor activities and would like to join your veterans family or just find out more about the service, please contact us at:


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

New interactive database shares latest figures on Armed Forces charities

A new online database makes data on Armed Forces charities accessible and easy to explore.

The Directory of Social Change’s (DSC) latest development in its award-winning Armed Forces charities research, funded by Forces in Mind Trust, goes live today. The new Armed Forces charities interactive database lets users access a wealth of data on UK-registered Armed Forces charities.

From findings such as 58% of the sector’s expenditure arising from just 42 large charities, to welfare charities’ substantial reliance on donations and legacy income, the interactive database puts the latest key data at your fingertips.

Users can delve into the data by applying custom filters to view graphs and even build their own charts to explore and present the information. With just a few clicks, users can explore everything from types of charities in the sector, to visualising flows of income and expenditure.

In a rapidly changing environment, the Armed Forces charities interactive database enables users to uncover the characteristics of new and closing charities: so far this year, 39 Armed Forces charities have closed, over half of which (21) are association branches; meanwhile, only 25 charities have opened.

These and other findings derive from DSC’s unique database – including around 1,800 Armed Forces charities – which is updated every month, making this resource the most up-to-date source of information on the sector.

Commenting on the launch today, DSC Researcher and lead developer Chester Howarth said: ‘The interactive database is an entirely new way of accessing information on the Armed Forces charity sector. We know that charities, policymakers and the general public have their own questions on a range of topics – and we wanted to develop an accessible way for people to find answers. It’s simple and intuitive to use, and a powerful tool for disseminating knowledge and evidence to those who need it.’

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust said: ‘This new database makes vital information available and accessible for everyone. Our ongoing work with DSC building an accurate understanding of Armed Forces charities and dispelling some common misconceptions has so far been a huge help to many in the sector. With this interactive database, it’s now easy to navigate and find quick answers to any questions you may have without reading through a full report. For me, recently coming into the sector, this kind of tool is a great help; I would urge everyone who is interested in the work of Armed Forces charities to explore the data, and to use this tool to better understand their work.’

This new database follows the Cobseo Covid-19 Impact Database, launched in partnership with Forces in Mind Trust, DSC and Cobseo in July, which uses data from Cobseo members to demonstrate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector.


Access the interactive database here.

For more information about the project, please contact

About the project

Since 2014, Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has funded DSC to gather data and provide illuminating analysis of the Armed Forces charity sector. The interactive dashboard is designed to accompany the analysis provided in the Sector Insight reports on the sector as a whole, and the Focus On reports on key topics of support. All DSC’s written reports can be found here.


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