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 Newsletter                                 August 2017

Executive Chairman's Update



I welcome the Veterans Commissioner's  Health and Wellbeing report, and encourage readers with an interest in it to take up Eric Fraser's invitation to make suggestions and comment.
 
Last week I visited Catterick to visit the H4H Phoenix House  recovery centre which supports veterans from Scotland. I was impressed by the wholly person- centred approach by the staff and volunteers and the commitment to work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for veterans.
 
Cobseo's Director of Ops, Brigadier Ian Caws, is visiting Scotland 24-25 October; His programme is currently being developed, so if any Cobseo members wish to meet Ian would you please let the Veterans Scotland office know.

Scottish Veterans Commissioners Recent Report

Veterans' Health & Wellbeing in Scotland - Are We Getting it Right?


The Scottish Veterans Commission has now published his report into veterans health and wellbeing.  It has looked at a range of areas and is looking for input from interested parties prior to making his recommendations.  A link to the online PDF publication is available via the link below:

Veterans’ Health & Wellbeing in Scotland – Are We Getting it Right?

If you could please review The Scottish Veterans Commissioner Eric Fraser’s message, we would really appreciate it since we are all supporters of the Veterans Community.
 

Bravehound wins ‘Best Charity’ in the National Lottery Awards

Many congratulations to Glen Art’s Bravehound Project which has won “Best Charity” in the National Lottery Awards.

The project won the public vote from 1300 nominations. There is  a £5,000 award and the awards event will be broadcast on September 27th.

Bravehound

About the Awards
The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Lottery players raise £30 million each week for projects across the UK and the Awards are a great way of celebrating the unsung heroes improving lives with National Lottery funding.

Now in their 15th year, the Awards recognise the incredible difference that Lottery-funded projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK through the 510,000 grants awarded since 1994.

There are seven categories, reflecting the different types of projects to benefit from National Lottery funding: Art, Education, Environment, Health, Heritage, Sport and Voluntary/Charity.

Regional Engagement


Over the past few months we have seen the Veterans Scotland team out and about conducting a range of engagement activities across the Central belt, Western Isles and into the Aberdeen and Highlands.  Through these meetings, we have been able to engage with the newly elected Local Authority Champions and other stakeholders all of whom have an interest in supporting our veteran community across Scotland.
This has enabled the sharing of several examples of good practice with these stakeholders and the developing of local strategies on how these examples could be adopted and implemented within their own areas.
During these meetings, we have seen a real commitment and drive by the various stakeholders on how they could better support their veteran community from within their current structure.  This will continue to be developed and taken forward by the Veterans Scotland Staff.
 

Armed Forces and Veterans Community Cross Party Group


The next schedule meeting of the Armed Forces and Veterans Community cross party group will take place on Wednesday 13 September 2017.  It will look to cover Transition and will also include the AGM.    

Further information on this Cross Party Group is available here       

If you wish to get involved please contact Lachlan.Bruce@parliament.scot

2017 Edinburgh Big Curry,
Friday 29th September

  • 12-3pm
  • Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR
The Edinburgh Big Curry returns for another Friday afternoon.  Whether bringing husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends, any friends, work colleagues and clients, all are welcome!    With a bit of military style, the lunch raises funds for the Army’s national charity.  I do hope you can make it … and do please pass the word on. 

Armed Forces and Veterans Champions Gathering
2nd October 2017


The next gathering of Armed Forces and Veterans Champions will take place in the Glasgow City Chambers on 2nd October 2017. 

The audience will look to include AF&V Champions from across Scotland, from local authorities, police, NHS, DWP and others as well as statutory and voluntary/third sector organisations.  
Visit Veterans Assist website NOW
Veterans Assist is the website created by Veterans Scotland which provides information on where veterans or those supporting them can go to seek help or advice on numerous topics whenever they need it here in Scotland. 
 
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Dates for the Diary


02 Oct 17 - Champions Gathering (Glasgow City Chambers)

15 Nov 17 - VS Exec & AGM (The Royal Scots Club)

Cobseo News


Catch up on all the latest news from the Cobseo Members.

Veterans’ Gateway provides a single point of contact for veterans seeking advice and support.

Legion Scotland continue to co-ordinate a number of events and activities, further details are available on their website.
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