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14 January 2022 (Edition - Issue 2)

Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

Welcome to Veterans-Assist Scotland

We recognise that for many Veterans and their families, some aspects of life after leaving the Services can be challenging.  With numerous Veterans’ organisations in Scotland, we understand that it can be frustrating to find just the right person to help with a problem.  And we know that whether you have been “in” for 3 years or 30 years, or “out” for 6 weeks or 6 years, problems will arise that could use some help.

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.
 

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


The latest copy of the information booklet is available via the link below:
 

 

Veterans Gateway

If you are need of information or support as a veteran or family member, you may find the answer here.
 
Comradeship & Support


Annual Events Programme 2022


Listed below is a copy of the Legion Scotland events forcast for 2022, additional information and updates for these events can be found on the Legion Scotland website here.
  1. Beating Retreat Dundee City Square – 1800 Saturday 02 Apr
  2. ANZAC Day, Scottish National War Memorial – 1100 Monday 25th Apr
  3. Silver Poppy Golf, St Andrews – 0900 Friday 29th Apr
  4. Annual Conference, Perth – 20th & 21st May
  5. The Scottish American Memorial Day, Princes St Gardens– 1300 Monday 30th May
  6. Falklands 40th (Edinburgh) – Saturday 18th Jun
  7. Earl Haig statue rededication France – 17-19th Jun
  8. Armed Forces Day Flag Raising – 1100 Monday 20th Jun
  9. Armed Forces Day – 1000 Saturday 25th Jun
  10. Founders Day Dryburgh Abbey – 1500 Sunday 26th Jun
  11. Unity Conference, Dewars Centre Perth – 1030 Saturday 24th Sept
  12. Dedication of Inverness Garden of Remembrance – 1100 Friday 21st Oct
  13. Dedication Edinburgh Garden of Remembrance – 1100 Monday 24th Oct
  14. Dedication Glasgow Garden of Remembrance – 1100 Tuesday 25th Oct
  15. Dundee Festival of Remembrance, Caird Hall – 1930 Saturday 5th Nov
  16. Armistice Day Service, Princes Street – 1100 Friday 11th Nov
  17. Remembrance Sunday, National Service – 1100 Sunday 13th Nov
  18. LS Carol Service, Canongate Kirk – 1600 Sunday 11th Dec
 
In addition:
  • Best Kept War Memorial Competition (run within Areas with Head Office Support)
  • National Sports (run within Areas with Head Office Support)
  • National Standard Bearing (Friday 20th May, Dewars Centre Perth)
  • Royal Garden Party (Date TBC)
  • Albert Hall/Cenotaph (Head Office manage ticket allocation with Areas)

Volunteer

We are always looking for people to actively get involved to help further the work of Legion Scotland. Not only can this be very rewarding but you can also learn new skills, make friends, and become an integral part of the Legion Scotland family.

Volunteering opportunities include:

  • Helping to run a branch or a club
  • Become a Veteran Community Support Volunteer
  • Organising remembrance or ceremonial events
  • Organising sporting, music or comradeship events
  • Fundraising

Get in touch to find out more about upcoming volunteer opportunities we have. 

Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland) make a difference every day to the lives of Scotland's veterans through providing community, friendship and practical advice, whether they left military service yesterday or 50 plus years ago.

Our membership is open to the ex-service community and their dependants, those still serving and all those who support the aims and objectives of the organisation.

By joining, you are showing your support and helping to make life better for the ex-service community.

Find out more here

 

Centenary Fundraising Initiative to raise money for Legion Scotland & Poppyscotland

On the 18th of June 2021, we officially launched our centenary period.  As part of the celebrations and commemorations planned for the period up to June 2022 we have commissioned a special Centenary Fundraising Coin.

During the centenary year (in collaboration with Poppyscotland) we want to encourage everyone, young and old, members or not, ex-service or non ex-service to get involved in marking our hundredth birthday by fundraising for both organisations.

Fundraising is a vital source of income for both organisations and more so now than ever before.  Every £1 raised will help us continue into our next hundred years and to provide comradeship and welfare support for veterans across Scotland.





www.legionscotland.org.uk

Employment, Training & Transition Support

How to have meaningful career conversations with young people - Thursday 27 January 2022

 

Parents and carers can learn more about the power of having meaningful careers conversations with their young person on a free webinar later this month.

Careers Advisers, Kay Hume and Mhairi Galashan, from Skills Development Scotland will talk about the key things to remember in steering career conversations. They will offer hints and tips as well as introduce parents and carers to My World of Work.

Following their online presentation, there will also be an opportunity to ask the Advisers questions to support your career conversation planning.

Parents and carers can register for our session here: https://meaningfulcareerconversations.eventbrite.co.uk

Take control of your career


 

We’re here to support Scotland’s adults in the world of work. We can help you plan and manage all aspects of your career – from finding and applying for a job, to reskilling and changing your career path completely. No matter where you are in your journey, we’re here for you.

Take control of your career | My World of Work

Funding & Financial Support

Afghanistan Veterans’ Fund open for applications


Closing date 17th January 2022


The Afghanistan Veterans’ Fund aims to increase capacity in services and initiatives that offer supportive comradeship, engagement and wellbeing efforts for those in the Armed Forces community impacted by events in Afghanistan, and the wider veterans community.

The Office for Veterans Affairs has asked the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) to run programmes that will award grants to improve wellbeing, resilience and promote good mental health, responding to increased needs in veterans who have served in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and the wider veterans community.

The four Funding Strands

The Afghanistan Veterans Fund will support projects that improve wellbeing, resilience and promote good mental health, responding to increased needs in veterans who have served in Afghanistan and other recent conflicts and the wider veterans community.

 


Further information is available via the link here

 

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: 
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug

Funding Applications Open!


The 2nd round of funding for Inverclyde Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund is open. Small Grants of up to £10,000 for smaller community groups available. Closing date: 31 January at 10am.

Further info & applications here: https://cvsinverclyde.org.uk/what-we-do/inverclyde-communities-mental-health-wellbeing-fund…

Health

Self-Management for Chronic Pain and Wellbeing – A unique short course for Veterans

We have a new 5 week course starting Monday 21 February that will be delivered online for Veterans and will look at important topics in pain management such as:

  • Understanding pain,
  • Improving sleep,
  • Pacing & finding balance in life,
  • Stress awareness & management,
  • Relaxation & grounding techniques and
  • Anxiety & problem solving.

This is a new course for specifically for Veterans. It is based on a programme that has been running for 20+ years. People who have attended the course over the years have said that it has helped them in different ways including:

  • Feeling more in control,
  • Coping better,
  • Improved sleep,
  • More active & getting fitter,
  • Feeling more positive,
  • Better understanding,
  • Being less affected by other people and
  • Getting life back on track.

The course will be once a week for two hours via Zoom.

Find out more here: https://painassociation.co.uk/veterans

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.


Veterans Housing Scotland


Let’s try to help our veterans find their new roots, a new home!  To get in touch you can contact us at supportmanager@vhscot.org.uk for any property inquires! #Scotland #Veterans #uk #UKhousing #scottish
 
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Local Authority Support

The Armed Forces and Veteran Community


Examples of support and assistance available from your local authorities can be found in the links below.  The majority of Scottish Local Authorities have dedicated information available on their own websites to support the Armed Forces Covenant.
 
           

Information to help you settle into your new life within each of these local authority areas is available on their websites.
 

News and Other Updates

FUND RECEIVES £15K GRANT TO SUPPORT VETERANS IN SCOTLAND

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The RAF Benevolent Fund received a generous grant of £15,000 to support veterans and their partners and widows living in Scotland throughout 2021. The grant was kindly awarded by the Scottish Veterans Fund to tackle social isolation and loneliness amongst the veteran community.

The grant has been used to support some of the Fund’s key emotional wellbeing services accessed by veterans. This includes its Telephone Friendship Groups, a weekly call for up to six people facilitated by a trained volunteer, and Check and Chat calls, where Fund staff regularly phone socially isolated members of the RAF Family. Other services include the Fund’s Listening and Counselling service and access to Headspace, an online mindfulness platform.

Gavin Davey, Area Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and NE England at the RAF Benevolent Fund said: “Social isolation is one of the key issues faced by older veterans today, and one that has sadly been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. Many of our emotional wellbeing services aim to help those experiencing loneliness and isolation, and its thanks to organisations like the Scottish Veterans Fund that we can continue providing this crucial welfare support.”

For more information about how the Fund can help RAF veterans and their partners or widows, please visit rafbf.org/veterans.

Find out more

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Update

 
Happy New Year All, I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Trust and working with such an exceptional team funding vital projects that help to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant. These important programmes support our Servicemen and women, Veterans, the Bereaved, Reserves and their families and I very much look forward to building on the strong foundations laid by Melloney Poole.
There were some tremendous achievements in 2021 and the Trust was very agile in responding to Covid by focusing on what they could do to support the Armed Forces charity sector and the people it supports. With over 700+ Forces projects supported, 116 of those grants were for projects to help veterans gain better mental health, and over £25million was awarded in support of the Armed Forces community.   I’m very excited about 2022, a new phase for the Trust. This is going to be a complex year as we strive to enhance the quality of life for those in the Armed Forces Community, through our targeted funding, that will make an instant and continued impact; while ensuring that our programmes continue to offer support and flexibility to the Armed Forces charities and voluntary organisations that deliver such amazing work.   I’m really interested in listening to your views. We will be shortly launching a survey which will help us to develop our funding programmes; so do keep an eye out! I would be hugely grateful for any time that you can spare to share your thoughts with us.  Anna Wright, Chief Executive, The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
 
 
The Trust is excited to announce that the NAAFI Fund has recently made another round of grants, totalling over £1Million to over 90 different projects.

Grants this year had a particular focus on reducing isolation and creating community togetherness, with much of the funding being used to improve leisure facilities or to support activities that can be enjoyed during down time. All projects support the Armed Forces community.  These grants follow the incredibly successful initial round of the NAAFI Fund last year.
Read about the NAAFI Fund Grants here
 
The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has awarded £8,898,456, from the Trust, to 14 major projects through the Veterans Places, Pathways and People programme.

10 grants have been awarded in the countries and regions of the UK, to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs; 4 grants have been awarded for national strategic projects.
Read about Veterans Places, Pathways and People programme
 
 
REMEMBER Applications for the Afghanistan Veterans Fund close on 17 January You still have time to apply. -------------------
Charities that support Veterans and their families can now apply for funding from the Afghanistan Veterans fund.   Please read our programme page for all the information including guidance documents and FAQ’s. Closing date 17th January 2022
Apply to Afghanistan Veterans Fund

Superhero Vron’s all dressed up to raise smiles and pounds during chemo

Veronica ‘Vron’ Young of Moray is dressing up to raise money for charities close to her heart, while undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive form of breast cancer.

After receiving the shocking diagnosis on the tenth anniversary of the death of her father from bladder cancer, Vron (58) decided that some good should come of the situation. Always one to see the positive side of life, she came up with the idea of raising money by dressing as a different superhero for each of six rounds of chemotherapy.

For her fourth round of treatment Vron is raising money for the Royal Air Forces Association, by dressing as Harley Quinn, the Joker’s henchwoman. The charity is a favourite, as Vron was an RAF spouse for 20 years and she is secretary of the Moray Branch of the Association, among her other voluntary roles.

Vron said:

“Dressing up for my chemo has provided a great distraction, both for me and others. You wouldn’t expect to see a Christmas elf, Batwoman or Superwoman anywhere in a hospital, let alone at a chemotherapy session!

“As well as being secretary of my local branch, I am an RAF Association Connections for Life volunteer. This welfare service fights loneliness with friendship and I call six RAF veterans about once a month for a chat and to see how they are. I also call two more vulnerable veterans every week. It’s a simple, but powerful way to help the RAF community I’ve been a part of for so long.”

If you would like to show your support for Vron, you can donate to the RAF Association by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/veronica-young4

Providing welfare support to Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and families

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is pleased to award a £38,000 grant to the National Gulf Veterans & Families Association to fund its welfare and advocacy work.

The National Gulf Veterans & Families Association (NGVFA) supports serving soldiers and veterans who served in the recent desert conflicts in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan and their dependants and carers.

The charity’s welfare and advocacy service provides veterans with both face-to-face and telephone advice about living with PTSD and mental illness, obtaining benefits, war pensions, health and housing.

Maria Rusling, General Manager at NGVFA, said:

Since the Covid pandemic started, the charity has continued to be a lifeline for the veterans and their families. Knowing that someone is on the end of a telephone gives them the comfort of knowing that support is there for them whenever they need it and for whatever issues they are facing. This would not be possible without grants from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity who have supported us for many years and we are truly grateful for their generous and continued support.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

The NGVFA has been at the forefront of understanding the challenges that can affect those involved in desert conflicts; and our charity is proud to support its work helping these veterans and their families.

To find out more about the important work carried out by The National Gulf Veterans & Families Association (NGVFA), visit their website here.

Nominations for the RAF Benevolent Fund Awards are now open

Nominations for the RAF Benevolent Fund Awards are now open!

If you know a team or an individual that went the extra mile in 2021 to help the RAF Benevolent Fund support the RAF Family then please let us know about their support by nominating them for an award via https://www.rafbf.org/raf-benevolent-fund-awards-nominations.

Nominations are open until 11 February and the shortlist will be announced later in the year.

Bloomin’ marvellous – guess who’s heading to RHS Chelsea?

The RAF Benevolent Fund announces its first ever garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

We are very excited to announce that the RAF Benevolent Fund will unveil its first ever garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May 2022).

The garden will feature a sculpture of a young pilot looking up at the sky. Standing at four metres tall and constructed from 1,200 layers of laser cut stainless steel, the state-of-the-art sculpture will be imposing and a moving tribute to all those who have served and continue to serve in the RAF.

The garden has been designed to allow visitors to sit and reflect on the service and sacrifice of all the RAF and civilian personnel and we hope will inspire viewers to look into their own history and speak to family and friends about their connections to the RAF.

Jason Shauness, Director Fundraising and Communications at the RAF Benevolent Fund said:

“This is such an exciting opportunity for the RAF Benevolent Fund and we are incredibly grateful to Project Giving Back and the RHS for making it happen. We’ve had a tough couple of years but we are excited to be able to share our journey with our supporters and the general public. We are delighted to be working with award-winning garden designer John Everiss whose father served in the RAF.”

John’s father Stan, a navigator on Stirling bombers, survived after being shot down over occupied France in 1943. After being hidden by local resistance fighters he was eventually guided over the Pyrenees and eventually reunited with his family after four months.

Award winning Garden Designer John Everiss said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the RAF Benevolent Fund on our Chelsea Garden 2022. My father was an RAF navigator during WW2, so I have grown up hearing the amazing stories of veterans and their families.

“As a member of the RAF Family, the opportunity to be able to thank them and highlight the fantastic work the charity does is a privilege for me and my team, we really can’t wait to get going!”

Funding for the garden is being provided by Project Giving Back, a new support scheme enabling charities to create a garden at the world-renowned show.

Following Chelsea, the garden will be relocated to a permanent site at London Biggin Hill Airport.

Project Giving Back is the vision of two private individuals who want to offer a significant springboard to a wide range of charitable causes whose work has suffered during the global Covid-19 pandemic. Established and emerging designers, landscapers and nurseries will be teamed with a range of UK charitable organisations to help raise awareness of the diverse and varied way they support people, plants and the planet. In 2022, 2023 and 2024, Project Giving Back will support 14 charitable organisations each year with funding and experienced advice to create a range of gardens at the show.

For more information about the garden or how the Fund supports the RAF Family, please visit rafbf.org/chelsea.

 

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