15 October 2021 (Edition - Issue 37)

Employment, Training & Transition Support

Scotland's Census 2022

We are recruiting people across Scotland to help us deliver the census in 2022. 

You can find out more and apply for open vacancies on our recruitment partner's website. Our current vacancies are:

You can also find out more about how we plan to deliver field operations during the census next year. 

National Careers Service

Skills assessment

Find out about careers that might be right for you by taking one of these assessments.

A skills assessment can be helpful at any stage of your career, like when you:

  • start your career
  • return to work
  • progress your career

Transferable skills are a set of skills that you’re good at. You can build them up over time, through work, volunteering, education and life. You can apply these skills to a range of jobs.

You may want to take an assessment to help you:

  • find out what interests and motivates you
  • identify your skills
  • find out what you can do with the skills you have
Find out more about these assements here

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. 


Longer-Term Employment Outcomes of Ex-Service Personnel

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The FiMT have release their latest report into the long term employment outcomes for ex-service personnel.  A copy of the report is available on their website or via the link above.

Our residential employability course, Advance to Work, will take place week commencing the 22nd of November in Stirling.  The course is fully funded to include accommodation, travel, and meals for the duration; providing up to 10 members of the Armed Forces Community the opportunity to focus on their employment goals, with limited distraction and the added value of peer support.
Clients attending the course can expect to leave with an increased awareness of:
•            Their own skills and abilities
•            Effective goal setting
•            Team dynamics
•            The job market and how to job search
•            Effective CV, cover letter and application writing
•            How and when to utilise the STAR method
•            How to be successful at interview
•            The wider employment and welfare support available
To help us deliver this new employment offering we will be working with several key partners including RFEA, SAMH and Skills Development Scotland.
Applications to the course can be made by completing and returning the attached form.
Applicants must be ready to focus on a change in career or return to employment, and fully committed to the completion of the course.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

From: Danielle Coll <

Registration forms are available from Danielle Coll at Poppyscotland if required.
Funding & Financial Support

Scottish Veterans Fund 2022/23 Launch

This year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is now open for bids from projects that improve the lives of former service personnel or their families. The funding pot for this year has been increased to £500,000 and individual projects can bid up to a limit of £50,000 per year. This year the fund is particularly looking to support bids which promote collaboration and partnership from amongst and out with the veterans charitable sector, as well as bids which include support to early service leavers.

Since the fund’s inception in 2008 more than 180 projects have been supported receiving more than £1.7 million.

Copies of the grant application form and application guidance document are available via the links below.  Please note these have been updated from previous years forms and guidance.

Grant application Form

Application Guidance Document

Contact details and information on support for bids can be found on the Veterans Scotland website and also within the application guidance document.

The closing date for applications is 12th November 2021. 
Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Support for Funding


We’re here to help

We have a diverse range of funding programmes waiting to benefit communities across Scotland. With donors representing a broad spectrum of aims and wishes, the funds available range in size, intent and purpose.

Exploring the funding programmes

Some of our funds are available on a Scotland-wide basis, and others are aimed at specific geographical areas or themes. You’ll find grant size and criteria information on each fund’s page, together with any unique criteria. Also, every fund lists a deadline for applications, and there may be more than one round of funding each year. When searching, be sure to note all the key dates in the fund listing, so you don’t miss out.

Applying is simple; most of our funds can be applied for online. The most important thing is that you read the criteria carefully and submit the correct documents before the deadline.

Supporting the Armed Forces Covenant through funding real change

Discover the Knowledge Network

Our new, open access data repository: the Knowledge Network features impact and outcome based content from both the programmes the Trust delivers and the projects we support. A new place to access learning and best practice from the grant making of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.


Grants from The Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to help veterans, qualified seafarers and dependants, who are in need.  The maximum grant is currently £30K, however, we also provide salary grants, which can amount 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 from now and through 2022 are as follows: 
  • 12 November
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug


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.

Veterans can also access general services through the NHS24 Mental Health Hub ☎️111 and the Breathing Space ☎️0800 83 85 87.


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.

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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:

Local Authority Updates

Armed Forces Community

Information to help you settle into your new life in East Lothian if you are leaving the Armed Forces. Find out more here

News and Other Updates

Scotland Census - 2022

Scotland’s next census will be held in March 2022. This census will be a digital first census and we want to encourage as many households in Scotland as possible to complete it online.  We would like to invite you to one or more of the online events listed below, to give you information on how the census will be delivered and how you can help get messages and support to those groups you already support in other ways, to ensure they can take part in the census and be counted.
Each online event will last no longer than 30 minutes and we invite you to register for the relevant event by clicking on the link below.
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 14:00 – 14:30 Veterans Click here to register for event
Please forward this invitation onto other organisations you feel would benefit from attending these events.
If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch –”

Prayer News & Update Veterans Chaplaincy Scotland October 2021

Welcome to the autumn edition of the Veterans Chaplaincy Scotland Prayer News and Update. Six months since we officially began operating as an initiative of WPCS, and VETERANS CHAPLAINCY SCOTLAND is going from strength to strength This has been a really encouraging few months. Overleaf there is a summary of some of what we have achieved so far. The team of chaplains – trained and potential – sits at 12, and we are working hard at developing a footprint across the nation so that we are able to respond quickly and effectively to opportunities and requests which come our way. Veterans Chaplaincy Scotland
 07521 63 88 48


If you are looking for information on veteran events and activities why not check out the calendar below:

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust welcomes new Chief Executive 

Anna Wright has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. She will take up her role on 4 January 2022.

As Chief Executive, Anna will be responsible for delivering grant funding programmes that make a real difference to Armed Forces communities in the UK.

Anna Wright, incoming Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

“’I’m really honoured and delighted to be joining this amazing team who perform such an important role in support of our Servicemen and women, veterans, the bereaved, and their families.  I look forward to building on the very strong foundations laid by Melloney Poole and the privilege of leading the Trust in its exciting and vital future work”

Anna takes up the role after serving as the Chief Executive of the Naval Families Federation for over six years.

Take our Poppy Cycle Challenge and help raise vital funds for veterans and their families in Scotland.

Your challenge is to cycle between different War Memorials in Scotland. There's an incredible 4,900 to choose from! You set the distance, the pace and the difficulty level. It's your own personal challenge so you can ack up the miles at home, in the gym or anywhere across the country.

Find out more here

Social Security Scotland

We are committed to making sure that as many people as possible can access our services in the way they want to. If you work with clients who need information on any of our benefits in Braille, call us free on 0800 182 2222.

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