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22 October 2021 (Edition - Issue 38)

Scotland's 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. Come along to one of our events below, to find out 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, 27 October 2021

14:00 – 14:30

Parents of young children

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

11:00 – 11:30

Ethnic Minorities

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

14:00 – 14:30

Veterans

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

11:00 – 11:30

Older people

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

11:00 – 11:30

Digitally excluded/High deprivation

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

11:00 – 11:30

Gaelic and Scots Language Speakers

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

11:00 – 11:30

Disabled people

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

11:00 – 11:30

Rural areas and islands

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

11:00 – 11:30

LGBTI

Click here to register for event

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

11:00 – 11:30

Young people not living at home

Click here to register for event


If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch – Scotlandscensus@nrscotland.gov.uk

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. 

—> DOWNLOAD OUR FREE SKILLS TRANSLATION WORKBOOK

Longer-Term Employment Outcomes of Ex-Service Personnel


Longer-Term-Employment-Outcomes_FINAL.pdf (pcdn.co)

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 <D.Coll@poppyscotland.org.uk

Registration forms are available from Danielle Coll at Poppyscotland if required.

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RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity


Families Programme  provides tailored careers and employability support to meet the diverse and individual needs of partners within the Armed Forces Community (all partners and spouses of both serving personnel and veterans including those who are separated, divorced and widowed in the UK and overseas).  It’s easy to register, click here  to submit your request or call our central support team on 0121 262 3058 who’ll connect you with an Advisor or email info@rfea.org.uk 
 
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 http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk 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.

https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/apply-for-funding



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.

GO TO THE KNOWLEDGE NETWORK
 

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: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk

Deadlines for submission from now and through 2022 are as follows: 
  • 12 November
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug

Fundraising guidance for charity trustees

Summary

There are many aspects of fundraising which OSCR does not regulate and that we cannot provide guidance on.

This guidance covers the areas that we do regulate. 

Fundraising guidance for charity trustees

Additinal information and guidance is available on the OSCR website below:

OSCR | Fundraising guidance

Health

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 jo@samaritans.org
 

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.

Suicide among Scottish military veterans: follow-up and trends

Introduction

Of all the health outcomes putatively associated with veteran status, none is more distressing than suicide. Despite extensive research, there remains no consensus as to whether military service, encompassing operational deployment or not, increases the risk of suicide, although the majority of studies support the view that there is no clear evidence of increased risk.1 2 We have previously published the findings of a 31-year retrospective cohort study examining the risk of suicide in a cohort of 57 000 veterans in Scotland between 1981 and 2012, in comparison with 173 000 non-veterans matched for age, sex and area of residence, and found no statistically significant difference between veterans and non-veterans overall, although there was a significantly higher risk in female veterans in comparison with non-veteran women.3 There have been few more recently published studies on the epidemiology of suicide in veterans, an exception being a Swedish study which reported similar risk in deployed and non-deployed veterans.4 The majority of other recent studies have focused on identification of risk factors for suicide, generally with the aim of developing or targeting preventive strategies.5 Nonetheless, monitoring the epidemiology of suicide remains important, in light of the potential impact of these strategies or changes in underlying risk factors.

Our original cohort, which provided data on veterans to the end of 2012, has now been refreshed to provide an additional ten year birth cohort, and updated outcome data to the end of 2017, equating to a further 22 000 veterans and 80 000 non-veterans and an additional 5 years of follow-up of the original subjects. This has enabled us to examine whether there have been any changes over time, and also to look at longer-term trends in the risk of suicide in veterans in comparison with matched non-veterans.

Abstract

Objectives The risk of suicide among UK military veterans remains unclear. Few recent studies have been undertaken, and most studies found no clear evidence of increased risk. We used data from the Trends in Scottish Veterans Health cohort to investigate suicides up to 2017 in order to examine whether there have been any changes in the long-term pattern of veteran suicides since our earlier study to 2012, and to compare trends in the risk of suicide among veterans with matched non-veterans.

Method Retrospective cohort study of 78 000 veterans and 253 000 non-veterans born between 1945 and 1995, matched for age, sex and area of residence, using survival analysis to examine the risk of suicide in veterans in comparison with non-veterans overall and by subgroup, and to investigate associations with specific mental health conditions.

Results Up to 37 years of follow-up, 388 (0.5%) veterans and 1531 (0.6%) non-veterans died from suicide. The risk of suicide among veterans did not differ from non-veterans overall. Increased risk among early service leavers was explained by differences in deprivation, and the previously reported increased risk in female veterans is now confined to older women. Suicide was most common in the fifth decade of life, and around 20 years postservice. A history of mood disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder was non-significantly more common in veterans.

Conclusions Veterans are not at increased risk of suicide overall. The highest risk for both men and women is in middle age, many years after leaving service.

Further information is available via the link below:

Suicide among Scottish military veterans: follow-up and trends | Occupational & Environmental Medicine (bmj.com)

Housing


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.org)

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.



 

Resources

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


 
We are delighted that the annual Opening Ceremony of the Edinburgh Garden and Field of Remembrance will take place on Monday 25th October. Please join us either in person at the Scott Monument in Princes Street Gardens or via social media for the 11am service.

Also the annual Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Garden and Field of Remembrance will take place on Tuesday 26th October. Please join us either in person in George Square or via social media for the 11am service.
 
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VETERANS ACTIVITY CALENDAR OCTOBER 2021


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

OSCR



When people raise concerns with us about charities, it's often caused by a lack of awareness and support or a failure in decision making. Our 'Good Governance' section provides useful information and support in one place, to help you get things right.


https://oscr.org.uk/managing-a-charity/trustee-duties/good-governance/…



21st October 2021 – Forces in Mind Trust has called for more integrated support for the families of serving personnel and veterans. In a new Policy Statement, the charity says that while support is available for veterans, their families are often left behind.

Forces in Mind Trust’s Policy Statement on Relationships, which was published today, highlights the challenges of Service life to maintaining normal relationships and the consequent impact on lives in transition to civilian life, and sets out recommendations for ways ex-Service personnel and their families should be better supported.

Based on the available evidence and research on the UK Armed Forces Community, the Policy Statement highlights the importance of having a strong social network for transition out of the Armed Forces, and the influence this can have on factors such as mental health and employment which are key to a successful transition.

The statement details the changes needed to ensure that ex-Service personnel and their families enjoy positive inter-personal relationships in family, professional and social environments. This includes:

  • Integrated support for families in veterans’ mental health services, including training for staff, better signposting and the commissioning of new services.
  • Increased involvement of the family in transition, using behavioural insights to ensure guidance is easy, social and timely.
  • Encouraging and supporting Service leavers and their families to build strong social networks.
  • Veteran-specific advocacy services.
  • Research to better understand the relationship breakdown in the ex-Service community.

Forces in Mind Trust is continuing to fund research to understand and improve support for ex-Service personnel and their families. The organization recently published research from King’s College London, which explored the impact of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse (IPVA) on civilian partners of military personnel.

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said “The vast majority of Service leavers make a successful transition back to civilian life – but there is a small group who struggle. Ensuring that ex-Service personnel and their families are supported where appropriate to establish and maintain positive personal and professional relationships is crucial to supporting better outcomes – as well as reducing the financial cost of poor transition for society.

“There are also some aspects of life in the Armed Forces which can place a strain on relationships. It’s important that we understand how this can affect the transition to civilian life, and that we help to mitigate any disadvantages Service personnel may face in this area. We are seeing progress – and look forward to the refreshed Armed Forces Families Strategy from the Ministry of Defence. There now needs to be both investment and concerted effort to build on the progress already made and to ensure that family needs are given the attention they deserve.”

The Policy Statement on Relationships can be downloaded here. 

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