27 November 2020 (Edition - Issue 52)

General Support
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.

It also include details of Armed Forces and Veterans Champions from across Scotland.

V1P Lothian Resilience guide - COVID-19

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

THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT -A Guide for Local Authorities: How to deliver the Covenant in your area


Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

The updated copy of the information booklet (November 2020) is available via the link below:

Scotland Guide

The guide was developed as a collaborative effort between Veterans Scotland, Skills Development Scotland and Army HQ Scotland.  Its aim is to provide information to those currently serving in the Armed Forces, Service Leavers and their families who are thinking of settling in Scotland. The Scottish Government aims to make Scotland the destination of choice for service leavers and their families and a great quality of life is certainly here for the taking.

Education, Employment & Training Support


The cyber security sector is now growing 4x faster than any other sector - and demand continues to increase during the COVID pandemic. You may be thinking that cyber is just for the techies but a generalist military background can be enough to enter into the cyber industry as employers really value the security knowledge, skills and experience you bring.
So, if you're interested in finding out more about how to get into the cyber industry or would like to access relevant opportunities specifically for veterans, SaluteMyJob can help. SaluteMyJob’s improved cyber solution offers free support and opportunities to Service leavers and veterans at any stage of their career path; from those interested in a cyber career but not sure how to get there to those with a high level of cyber security experience.
  • Valuable cyber resources, guides and best practice
  • Free online digital training courses
  • Job shadowing and paid work placement opportunities
  • Job opportunities

The Kickstart Scheme

HALO Kilmarnock will train 200 young people in cybersecurity through the UK Government's Kickstart Scheme. Thousands of placements for unemployed young people have already been created across the UK. Find out more:

The UK Government's £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, government-funded jobs for 16-24 years olds across the country. This will help the most vulnerable who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers can now sign up to the scheme

Young people can use the 'jobhelp' website

Routes to Higher Education in Scotland.

Delivered by Stirling University’s Widening Participation Manager. Tues 15th Dec, 10-11am

The University of Stirling will be presenting a session on the different routes to higher education and information about the courses available at the University of Stirling. This session is suitable for armed forces personnel, veterans and service families, including service children in their final few years of school. The session will cover all options available and which qualifications are require for university; how to apply to university; which courses are available at the University of Stirling; and the type of support available at universities and colleges in Scotland.

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Poppyscotland – PR & Marketing Coordinator

17.5 hours per week – Salary £10,500 pa 

Fixed Term – 6 months

Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families. At times of crisis and need we offer them vital practical advice, assistance and funding.

We are recruiting a part-time PR & Marketing Coordinator to support the charity’s ever-increasing programme of year-round activity.  This individual will coordinate a variety of marketing projects covering advertising, digital, PR, design and print.  They will ensure that requirements are defined and documented, and projects are delivered on time and on budget.  The PR & Marketing Coordinator will also play a central role in post campaign evaluation.

Capitalising on Military Family Talent

Business in the Community (BITC), in partnership with the Welsh and Scottish Governments, is delighted to invite you to a webinar on Capitalising on Military Family Talent.

Webinar: Capitalising on Military Family Talent
Monday, 30th November   |   11:00-12:00pm
Register here
Life for members of an Armed Forces family can have its challenges. Serving family members can expect to be displaced, at times overseas, and be apart from their partners for long period of times. These conditions have a tremendous impact on family members and make it more difficult for military family members to gain and sustain employment compared with civilians.
As an addendum to our work on Capitalising Military Talent, we have published a new factsheet to help your business extend support to include military family members. This webinar explains how family members of those serving in the military can be affected and what steps employers can take to support this cohort and benefit from opening up opportunities to military family members.
Join this webinar to hear from:
  • Graeme Dey MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans
  • Hannah Blythyn MS, Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government
  • Sophie Underwood, Head of Strategic Finance, Standard Life Aberdeen
  • Amanda Holmes HR Advisor, Alun Griffiths
  • Richard Bruten, Major Projects Director, Alun Griffiths
  • Sue Husband, Business in the Community Cymru Director
For more information, please contact

Work for Scotland 

Working for Scotland

The Scottish Government plays a part in every issue that matters to people in Scotland – from health, education, housing and crime, to transport, agriculture, culture and the economy, plus many more.

As an organisation, we employ people from all walks of life, people with all sorts of skills, strengths and talents. What we all have in common is that we're all working to create a more successful country: creating opportunities for Scotland to flourish through sustainable economic growth.

We all work for Scotland. And in a role with us, you will too.

Skills assessment | National Careers Service

Find out about careers that might be right for you by taking one of our 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

Charity and voluntary sector recruitment

Latest jobs

Money and Welfare Benefits Adviser (X4 posts) at Support in Mind Scotland
Home based until restrictions are eased, then office based in Edinburgh
Posted 3 days ago

Peer Support Practitioner at Turning Point Scotland
Posted 4 days ago

Area Team Leader: Family Connections Services at Family Journeys
Either East & Mid Lothian; Edinburgh; West Lothian
Posted 4 days ago

Development Worker (Youth Work, Peer Mentoring and Mental Health) at Youth Scotland
Based in Edinburgh (with some flexibility)
Posted 4 days ago

Find more jobs
Funding & Financial Support



Scottish Veterans Fund 2021-2022

The £200,000 Scottish Veterans Fund is open for bids from projects that improve the lives of former service personnel. The 2021/22 fund, supported by the Scottish Government and Standard Life Aberdeen, also funds groups who help the families of veterans. This year the criteria has been extended to include projects which address the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the veterans community.

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.

Scottish Government press release on the Scottish Veterans Fund

The Closing date for bids is Monday 30th November 2020

More information about the Scottish Veterans Fund is available via the link here.  The Scottish Government have also published some questions and answers relating to the Scottish Veterans Fund (November 2020).

Positive Pathways programme

The Closing date for bids is Monday 30th November 2020

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways programme funded projects that develop and run activities supporting the mental health and wellbeing of ex-Forces.

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 next deadline for normal grant applications this year is the end of Dec 20.  
The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a NEW salary grant 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 us at

Residential outdoor education centres fund opens

£2 million package of support.

A fund to help residential outdoor education centres mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis opens for applications today.

Centres which are facing financial challenges can apply for funds to help with running costs and to enable staff to deliver outdoor learning in and around schools.

Science Minister Richard Lochhead said:

“Residential outdoor education centres are facing severe challenges. As well as providing much-needed support, this fund will mean pupils can continue to benefit from outdoor learning, which is an important aspect of Scotland’s curriculum and can play a vital role in supporting children’s wellbeing and attainment.

“I hope this funding, along with third sector and youth work funding streams which are already available, alleviates some of the pressures and allows centres to offer meaningful experiences to young people.

“Funding on its own will not address all of the challenges facing the sector. We will continue to engage with local authorities to support the important role that outdoor education centres and their staff can play during the period when overnight residential stays are not permitted for public health reasons.”

To coincide with the opening of the support fund, Mr Lochhead has written to local authority directors of education, inviting them to share new advice and support materials for schools as they work with centres in the coming months.

Crisis fund enters new phase

The Response, Recovery and Resilience fund will move to a resilience phase from next week to continue supporting organisations responding to Covid-19

A vital fund that has supported organisations in Scotland through Covid-19 is set to move to a new phase.

Foundation Scotland is moving its dedicated crisis support fund into the resilience phase of funding from next week.

This significant funding stream has already distributed over £6 million in total to groups that are supporting some of the most vulnerable members of their community through the pandemic.

The introduction of the new resilience phase will continue to offer support for these organisations to help them prepare for the future long-term.


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Home Energy Scotland

The Scottish Government is offering assistance to homeowners and private sector tenants struggling to heat their home.
The improvements offered will depend on a survey of the property. Assessors will come to your home to survey it and will recommend measures suitable for the property, which could include a range of insulation and heating. In most cases all costs will be met by the Scottish Government.

• Wall insulation
• Loft insulation
• Draught-proofing
• Central heating (inc. new gas boilers)
• Renewables

There is a range of qualifying criteria and you should go to the Energy Scotland website Home - Home Energy Scotland for more information. Or call 0808 808 2282

If you come into one of the following categories, or know someone that does, it could be worthwhile looking into this further.
Must have one of these:
Have been injured or disabled serving in the Armed Forces and be in receipt of Armed Forces Independence Payment/War Disablement Pension
• Be of pensionable age, have no working heating system and be in receipt of a passport benefit
• Be aged over 75 and in receipt of a passport benefit
• Pregnant and/or have a child under 16 and in receipt of a passport benefit
• Have a disability and be in receipt of any level of Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
• Have a disability and be in receipt of high rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (care or mobility component)
• Have a disability and be in receipt of low/medium rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (care or mobility component) and be in receipt of an income related benefit
• Be a carer in receipt of Carers Allowance
• Have been injured or disabled serving in the Armed Forces and be in receipt of Armed Forces Independence Payment/War Disablement Pension

    Meet with our funding team

Our next Giving Time session will be hosted on the 9th December. Sessions will take place on Zoom with half hour slots available throughout the day.

Do you want to have a chat about a potential application? Or are you an existing grant holder struggling to understand your end of year paperwork? As part of our ongoing support, The Robertson Trust has 1:1 sessions available for new applicants and existing grant holders between 9.30am and 4pm on Wednesday 9th December.

During your session, you will meet with a member of our Giving Team who will provide some pre-application advice or support with an existing grant. Some of the areas that could be discussed include;

  • Making a new application

  • Writing your Outcomes & Activities

  • Our awards

  • Issues with an existing grant

Sessions will take place on Zoom and last a maximum of 30 minutes.

Currently, our funding is aimed at constituted community groups and registered charities who are working to alleviate poverty and trauma in Scotland, and who have an annual income of under £2 million. Find out more about our awards here.

Book your slot

See available times here

Health & Wellbeing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for festive period

Published: 26 Nov 2020
The Scottish Government have now provided Guidance on forming 'bubbles' over Christmas.  Full details along with answers to topical questions are available on their site via the link here

Guidance for students returning home

Published: 25 Nov 2020

Plans for mass testing of asymptomatic students.

Students travelling home at the end of term will be able to take voluntary coronavirus (COVID-19) tests through their college or university from next Monday.

As part of a number of measures to support a safe return home, students are also being asked to take extra care in the period leading up their departure, only going out for essential purposes such as learning, exercise and food shopping. This is to minimise the number of contacts they have with others and reduce the potential for spread of the virus.

Updated guidance has now been published for students on minimising social contact, testing and end of term travel – whether to other parts of Scotland, the UK or the world.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Richard Lochhead said:

“Our priority is to ensure that students who wish to go home at the end of term can do so while keeping themselves, their families, friends and communities safe.

“We are asking that students continue living at their term-time accommodation for now and minimise any opportunity to pick up the virus by limiting themselves to only essential reasons to mix with others.

“Voluntary testing will also be available from next Monday. This is part of a huge UK-wide effort by colleges and universities to test asymptomatic students before they leave their term-time accommodation.

“I want to thank all students for their tremendous resilience and patience this academic year and I know that they will continue to do all they can to stay safe and ensure a happy reunion with their loved ones.”


FAQ on the student testing programme and returning home

Guidance on how to travel safely

Testing expansion update

New testing approach set out for health and social care sector and communities.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced plans for a significant expansion in testing for hospital patients, health and social care staff, and communities in Level 4 areas.

From next week, all emergency admissions will be tested for COVID, and twice-weekly lateral flow testing will be introduced for all patient-facing healthcare staff working in hospitals, COVID-19 Assessment Centres and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Testing will be introduced for all elective admissions to hospital from mid-December.

In the social care sector, testing will be expanded over the coming months for designated visitors, visiting professional staff, and care at home workers. Visitor testing will be initially introduced in up to 12 care homes across four local authority areas from 7 December, with full roll-out planned for January.

To facilitate Christmas visiting in all care homes, PCR testing will be provided for those that do not have access to lateral flow testing by that time, with guidance on visiting arrangements over Christmas to be published shortly. Testing for the other two social care groups will also commence in January.

December will also see the start of a testing programme for students before they return home for Christmas, and targeted geographic testing trialled in communities covered by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, and Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which are currently under Level 4 restrictions. 

Armed forces and veterans community

Armed forces and veterans healthcare

We are committed to ensuring all armed forces personnel and veterans who serve and live in Scotland are able to access the best possible care and support, including safe, effective and person-centred healthcare.

Our policy recognises the unique circumstances of our armed forces personnel and acknowledges the considerable contribution that they and the veterans community make to society in Scotland.

Serving  personnel and veterans should face no disadvantage in accessing treatment for health issues resulting from service to their country, subject to clinical priority for all patients. We continue to raise awareness of this policy with NHS boards regularly. Additionally, every NHS Board has in place a Champion for Armed Forces and Veterans, responsible for ensuring this policy is implemented at local level.

Find more information on accessing healthcare services

Armed Forces and Veterans Joint Group

The Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans Health Joint Group ('the Joint Group') drives progress of commitments relating to the health of the armed forces and veterans community. 

Improving NHS support for armed forces personnel and veterans

The Scottish Veterans Commissioner (SVC) published his report, Veterans’ health and wellbeing: a distinctive Scottish approach, in April 2018.

The report contains 18 recommendations covering a wide range of issues, including physical health, mental health, governance and leadership. We have accepted all of the report’s recommendations and are progressing implementation of these. In May 2019, the Commissioner published a report containing a RAG (red / amber / green) assessment of progress towards implementation of each recommendation.

Our continuing aim is to ensure that the long-term clinical needs of serving personnel and veterans are better understood and supported within the NHS. 

Support for veterans and the armed forces community: report 2019 accompanies the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans annual update to Parliament about our support for our veterans and armed forces community in Scotland, made on 03 December 2019, read more here.


Send any enquiries regarding healthcare for the armed forces and veterans community to


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.  

Housing in Scotland Guide

Poppyscotland have recently produced an information guide for their Housing in Scotland booklet.

Veterans Housing Scotland has over 100 years’ experience in providing homes for disabled Veterans.

We are extremely proud of our history and of the service we have provided to those who have served their country yet we are equally excited about our future and how we as a charity will continue to work with and support members of the Veterans Housing Scotland family. Our 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 of our veterans and their families who are in need of support get that support when and where required – as demonstrated in our strapline ‘building lives; building communities’. 
We are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Veterans Housing Scotland homes at various locations across the country. Please check our Applicants page on our website to establish where our homes are, see if you meet the criteria and then follow the referral pathway by contacting our partner Housing Options Scotland preferably via their website

Membership News and Other Updates

The latest copy of Caledonian Postings is now available to read! Find out about our new CEO, new services, virtual fundraising, and much more in your latest edition here:

You can also sign up to receive Postings by email here:

This year, our annual Army Carol Service will be different.  Watch a special recording from the Royal Hospital Chelsea featuring the choir and the Chief of the General Staff will lead soldiers in reading the lessons. Order your Army Carol Service pack
Trellis Networking: Coffee & Chat Sessions

Join us with your cuppa for a chat online via Zoom on the 2nd December 2020 from 10:30-11:30

Inspiration, ideas, and a chance to talk to others trying to run gardening groups whilst negotiating the Phases of the Covid-19 Route Map and the new Protection Levels.
Further details and how to join in, click the button below
Further Information

For more information about trellis and the services they provide why not look at their website or sign up for their newsletter

We're the place to come to for know-how about therapeutic gardening, the art of using gardening to help people take care of their physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

We support a network of over 460 therapeutic gardening projects in Scotland so they can share skills, good practice and get connected.

Trellis runs training workshops and an information service, and we can visit you to give help and advice. We support research and development in therapeutic gardening. And we make sure that the voice of our network is heard by policy makers.

We bring people together. Come and join us, we're here to help you.



TFN Guide to Running a Charity or Social Enterprise 2020-21

The TFN Guide to Running a Charity or Social Enterprise 2020-21 is now available. Take a look now through our online e-reader - and as ever please feel free to share the link around your colleagues and networks.

Usually around this time of year you would be receiving a copy of the annual TFN Guide to Running a Charity or Social Enterprise through the post with the November edition of TFN. 

This year, though, we have produced the 'TFN Guide' as an online e-magazine - the link is:

As you will see the publication is packed with advice and information to help both staff and organisations to survive - and thrive! - despite all that's going on just now.

Our ambition for this year's publication hasn't changed: we hope to make it available to every one of Scotland's 20,000+ amazing voluntary organisations, so we're very much hoping you'll be able to share the link via your e-bulletins, social media, your website - or in any way you think will work!

The Veterans & Families Research Hub (Anglia Ruskin University) have published a Snapshot that summarises financial issues affecting military personnel and veterans who are serving or have served as well as their immediate families.

Strategy for our veterans

The strategy sets out our principles and aims to continue to empower and support veterans.

The Strategy for our veterans sets the principles and aims to continue to support older veterans and establishes the right conditions that will empower and support the newer generation and their wider community. This strategy applies across the spectrum of the Veterans demographic groups.

Looking ahead, this strategy sets the intent for veterans public services across the UK to work towards.

Veterans live across the UK and draw on services from across governments. To reflect this, the Strategy is a UK-wide document, supported by UK, Scottish and Welsh governments. Delivery will look different in each part of the country. However, the support of all governments in the UK means a full commitment to achieving a shared vision and principles and the best outcomes for veterans across the whole country.

Each nation will determine its own means of consultation to support implementation of this strategy. These will seek views on focused questions, to build on the research and engagement conducted to produce this strategy, against a backdrop of what is already delivered.


Strategy for our veterans


GOVTECH and Other News

     Helping families get online

Published: 24 Nov 2020 10:01

New kit and training to tackle digital exclusion.

Thousands of disadvantaged young people are being helped to develop valuable digital skills through the Scottish Government’s Connecting Scotland programme.

More than 23,000 iPads and Chromebooks are being distributed among digitally excluded low-income families and care leavers, as part of the latest phase of the £43 million programme.

As well as a new device, recipients also receive mobile data and help to use the internet confidently and safely for up to two years.

Connecting Scotland works with local authorities, public bodies and third sector organisations to reach people across the country.

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