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5 February 2021 (Edition - Issue 5)

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


Having been made aware of several updates and changes, an updated copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:
Covid Support Advice 

Advice from Scottish Government on Support Groups

Support groups and one-to-one support should be delivered remotely where possible, but support may be delivered in-person if remote delivery is not possible and they are essential for people’s wellbeing. Examples of support services include peer support groups, vulnerable persons’ or families’ support groups, talking therapy groups, day centres, respite care, one to one talking therapy and counselling. Support services do not include close contact retail services, such as massage, which are covered by separate guidance on this page.

An essential support service is one where the participant’s health (including their mental health) and wellbeing would be significantly impacted by non-attendance. If services must take place in-person, relevant guidance must be followed.

Education, Employment & Training Support

 British Forces Resettlement Services - Events

At our Military to Civilian Events, BFRS offer the Armed Forces Community the chance to meet employers, find jobs, access self-employment opportunities, enrol in training schemes and get in touch with a whole raft of support services specialising in the transition from Military to Civilian life.

Events for Armed Forces community the chance to meet employers, find jobs, access self-employment opportunities, enrol in training schemes (bfrss.org.uk)

Our next event is virtual: https://bfrsemploymentfair-feb21.omnivil.com/

Funding & Financial Support

Social Security Scotland




Looking for information on our benefits that you can share with your clients? Visit http://socialsecurity.gov.scot to get resources like factsheets and social media posts. Clients can also be signposted to http://mygov.scot/benefits

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

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 26 February

  • 21 May

  • 27 August

  • 12 November


 

Urgent – Discretionary Business Support Fund


Grants of £2,000 are available under the ‘Discretionary Business Support Fund’ within Scotland. Whilst the eligibility criteria is quite tight, this may prove to be of use to some member organisations, or for those who you are supporting if they have lost income due to closure. Grants are administered by Local Authorities and applications should go to them. Note that closing dates vary between local authorities and that some are distributing grants on a first come first served basis, for several the application process closes on 8 Feb, so speed may be of the essence.
 
Johnston Smillie Accountants have provided a useful brief on this Fund and how to apply for the Grant, by local authority.
 
https://www.jsca.co.uk/urgent-discretionary-business-support-fund/
 
Their website also provides useful updates on the current funding that may be available for businesses facing other circumstances due to Covid.
 
https://www.jsca.co.uk/category/coronavirus/
 
I hope that this proves to be useful for some of our member organisations, if they are eligible, and for some veterans who run their own businesses and have not otherwise been eligible for funding.
 

Business Rates Relief

The Scottish Government has introduced extra rates relief discounts to help owners of non-domestic properties, including businesses, deal with the impact of the coronavirus.

The discounts are available to all businesses in Scotland and include:

  • 6% relief on all non-domestic properties in Scotland
  • 100% rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
  • Small Business Bonus Scheme
  • Payment deferral
  • Support for water bills

The rates relief is available to non-domestic properties from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Retail, hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses will have their relief extended for at least an additional three months beyond the original end date of 31 March 2021.  To get this relief a property has to be occupied. Properties that have closed temporarily due to the government’s COVID-19 advice will be treated as occupied.

You do not need to apply for the following relief, it will be applied to your bill automatically by your council:

  • 6% relief on all non-domestic properties in Scotland
  • 100% rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

If you want to apply for the Small Business Bonus Scheme you will need to do so through your local authority by completing an application form.  You should be able to find this on your council’s website.

For payment deferral, you need to contact your local authority.

For water bills support, you should contact your water services supplier directly.

You can also visit the Scottish Government website for more information:

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/funding/business-rates-relief?utm_campaign=769418_FindBusinessSupport%20-%20COVID-19%20and%20Brexit%20guidance%20-%20Updates%20162&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Scottish%20Enterprise&dm_i=4X7B,GHOQ,41BTT4,1Y71B,1

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund for Charities and Social Enterprises

The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) offers support to Charities and Social Enterprises which have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  This fund was originally announced in the latter part of 2020 and the closing date for applications has now been extended to the end of March 2021.

The Fund offers loans of between £100,000 and £1,500,000 to eligible organisations.  The Fund has been established to provide support for organisations which aim to improve people’s lives and the intention is that this scheme should be more accessible to such organisations than the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Who is eligible?

In order to apply, an organisation must satisfy various eligibility criteria. It must:

  • be a charity or social enterprise. This will include registered charities, community interest companies (CICs) and community benefit societies
  • be based in the UK (and the loan must be used to support trading in the UK)
  • have been operating for at least two years
  • have turnover (gross income) between £400,000 and £45,000,000
  • derive more than 50% of its gross income from trading activities (this does not apply if the organisation is a registered charity or further education college)
  • be able to confirm that it has been adversely impacted by Covid-19
  • be able to demonstrate that it has a “viable” business proposition
  • be able to demonstrate that it is not an “undertaking in difficulty”
  • be able to demonstrate that outcomes of the product or services provided are specifically relevant to improving people’s lives, even if improving people’s lives is a secondary outcome area of the organisation
  • be able to confirm that the loan will not be used in an “excluded sector”

What are the terms of an RRLF loan?

The principal terms of loans offered under this scheme are:

  • loan amount between £100,000 and £1,500,000
  • loan term between 1 and 5 years
  • capital repayment holiday for the first 12 months
  • no interest payable by the borrower for the first 12 months
  • interest of 6.5% or 7.0% per annum (depending on the loan term) for subsequent years
  • no arrangement fee
  • loans up to £250,000 will be unsecured; security is required for larger amounts.

How do I apply?

Further information on eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and application guidance is available at:

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/resilience-and-recovery-loan-fund

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.  Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis.

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

Take our quick overview to explore the pages and create a personalised list to return to later

Money map | Citizens Advice Scotland

Health & Wellbeing

V1P Resilience Guide

V1P Lothian has developed this Resilience guide to help you navigate through this very difficult time. Our world is ever-changing at the moment. It would be hard not to worry about COVID-19 and how it could affect your life, and those you love. Worry, anxiety and difficulties with our mood are common problems at the best of times, and now this might feel overwhelming.

A PDF Copy of the guide is available here

Drinks: Ration

FEEL BETTER AND SAVE MONEY BY DRINKING LESS ALCOHOL

Drinks:Ration - Feel better and save money by drinking less alcohol

What is Drinks :Ration?

Drinks :Ration is a smartphone app designed to reduce alcohol misuse in the Armed Forces through the application of digital technology and behavioural change theory. This combination means that Drinks :Ration and the messages we send to you are personalised around your own goals and lifestyle. This allows us to support you to make changes you want to your drinking.

 
Housing

A Scottish Housing Guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & Ex-service personnel


An updated copy of the Scottish Governments "A Scottish housing guide for people leaving the Armed Forces & ex-Service personnel" has now been published.  
 

Helping disabled people, older people and members of the armed forces community to find the right home in the right place

FIND OUT MORE

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran or still serving, finding a suitable home on civvy street can be one of the hardest things you will do, especially if you are an older person or have a disability.
                                      

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.

A link to the current Guides is available HERE
 


Veterans Housing Scotland has over 100 years’ experience in providing homes for disabled Veterans and are extremely proud of their history and of the service they have provided to those who have served their country yet are equally excited about their future and how as a charity they will continue to work with and support members of the Veterans Housing Scotland family. The Charity’s vision is to offer the Veterans Housing Scotland family much more than just a home but also, through coordination and cooperation with specialist partners, ensure that those veterans and their families who are in need of support get that support when and where it is required – as demonstrated in their strapline ‘building lives; building communities’. 

Email:  admin@vhscot.org.uk

Phone:  0131 557 1188             Address: 525 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH5 2FF

 

News and Other Updates

The Invictus Games The Hague postponed


London and The Hague, Tuesday 2nd February 2021. The Invictus Games The Hague 2020, presented by Jaguar Land Rover, was due to take place this year from May 29 to June 5, 2021, and has now been postponed. The Invictus Games Foundation and the Organising Committee, after consultation with the teams, partners and stakeholders, intend to move the event to the Spring of 2022. This move is to avoid current social distancing measures that would otherwise negatively impact the recovery journey of its competitors.
 
The Organising Committee are conducting plans to reschedule the Invictus Games to Spring 2022, and a date will soon be confirmed. Options to deliver a Games this year, including digitally or later in 2021, were not taken forward by the respective boards of the Organising Committee or the Invictus Games Foundation on the basis of identifying the best opportunity to deliver a physical Games in The Hague which would bring the Invictus community together. The competitor recovery journey and the wish to provide them with as much certainty as possible lay at the heart of the decision-making.

Wouter BakkerCaptain of the Dutch Invictus Games team said, “Given the current Corona situation, the news comes as no surprise. A digital variant or organising the event without an audience would not feel like an Invictus Games to me and does not do justice to the spirit of the Games. I, as well as my teammates, think that moving the event to the Spring of 2022 is the best decision. This will end the uncertainty that all participants are in and we can properly prepare and focus on next year.”

The Invictus Games Foundation and the Organising Committee in The Hague will be working in close collaboration with the international teams to ensure there are continued sport recovery opportunities throughout this year, and intend to mark the period of 29 May -5 June 2021 with a series of activities to keep the Invictus Community together and demonstrate its continued resilience. More will be announced in due course.
 
This decision to postpone the Games has been taken in close consultation with the teams of the participating countries and in collaboration with local and national authorities, the Founding Partners and sponsors. The organisations are grateful for the continued support of all parties involved in delivering the Invictus Games The Hague, including the participants and their friends and families, the volunteers, partners, sponsors and suppliers.
 
In a joint message, the organisers made clear that this necessary change does not mean that support for the Invictus community will go dark in the meantime:

       January 2021 Newsletter

 
Please find the link to our January newsletter below.
 
https://mailchi.mp/wwtw.org.uk/januarynewsletter2021

Positive Futures - Getting Transtion Right in Scotland


‘Transition’ is the term most commonly used to describe the period of change around reintegration into civilian life from the Armed Forces. The timeframe is fluid, so this and the language of ‘resettlement’ can lead to confusion over expectations of where, when and how it happens and exactly where the responsibilities lie. I consider transition as a journey, not a single process or a point in time.


This report focuses specifically on the areas of employment, skills and learning. It makes suggestions and broad outcomes-based recommendations to the Scottish Government and others, for improvements aimed at getting transition right to benefit the individual and their family as they transition and become veterans, living and working in Scotland.

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We've combined forces to launch Your Mind Matters!

 
Royal Caledonian Education Trust and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) have launched a new project, titled Your Mind Matters, which will work directly with children and young people from Armed Forces families across Scotland to develop a new mental health and wellbeing support service.

Your Mind Matters, which is the first of its kind in the UK, has received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust to better understand and respond effectively to the unique challenges young people of serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans face with regard to mental health and wellbeing.

The project has launched in response to a consultation with over six-hundred young people from Armed Forces families across Scotland, where over eighty percent of respondents told Royal Caledonian Education Trust they faced considerable challenges to mental health and wellbeing.

 Royal Caledonian Education Trust: Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s charity – » Your Mind Matters (rcet.org.uk)
 

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