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11 September 2020 (Edition - Issue 42)

“One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.”
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.

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


The updated copy of the information booklet (June 2020) is available via the link here
Transition Support 

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.

 

Autumn Army&You out now

The autumn edition of Army&You magazine is out now and copies will be reaching families soon.

As we re-emerge after months of lockdown, this autumn’s Army&You is all about finding time for yourself as we explore the plethora of fantastic free training resources specifically for the forces family community. Our main feature gives lots of useful suggestions on where to start your next learning journey.

Download your digital copy here.

Education, Employment & Training Support

Supporting veterans' transition to civilian life through employment

Summary

We welcome views on the National Insurance contribution holiday for veterans announced at Spring Budget 2020. This relief will be available to employers of veterans from April 2021.

This consultation closes at
11:45pm on 5 October 2020

Summary

We welcome views on the National Insurance contribution holiday for veterans announced at Spring Budget 2020. This relief will be available to employers of veterans from April 2021.

The career support available for Armed Forces veterans and their families


At Veterans Scotland, we were delighted to see the Skills Development Scotland video clip, copied below, which describes the support available to all members of the Armed Forces Community, serving, reservists, veterans, spouses, partners and their children. The services and advice provided by SDS is available wherever you are in Scotland and they will assist you to develop your employment prospects. We feel that the work being done by SDS is a good example of how a statutory organisation can support our Armed Forces Community and ensure the Armed Forces Covenant continues to be delivered across Scotland. Congratulations to SDS for producing the video, which enhances and mutually supports the services already available to those in transition, veterans and families.

Leaving the Armed Forces is a big life change. Hear from Shaun on his experience and how we support veterans and their families in Scotland with those important career decisions.


https://youtu.be/nyHLzTWyYK0 
 

Welcome to
goodmoves

Charity and voluntary sector recruitment. Are you looking for jobs within the third sector?  If so you may find what you are looking for on the Goodmoves website.

Funding & Financial Support


One is Too Many

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the One is Too Many programme will award grants of up to £300,000 to two-year projects that aim to reduce suicide risks within vulnerable veterans in a coordinated and targeted way.

Introduction

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the One is Too Many programme will award grants of up to £300,000 to two-year projects that aim to reduce suicide risks within vulnerable veterans in a co-ordinated and targeted way.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this funding, you must be an Armed-Forces-supporting charity or CIC.

You can work with other organisations as part of your project. We encourage this, and expect that strong applications will work with relevant partners. A full list of eligibility is available in the programme guidance below.

What’s available

Grants of up to £300,000 for projects lasting up to two years are available. We would not expect to fund a project of less than £100,000 as this would be less likely to support the overall programme aims. We anticipate funding only 3-5 projects overall.

Themes and priorities

Your project must show that it will be likely to reduce suicides in veterans through

Providing direct support to groups of veterans who are at significant risk of suicide and are not accessing support 

or

Delivering a project that will have a clear and demonstrable impact on suicide prevention through changing how support is offered to save lives

There is more information in the programme guidance

Deadlines and dates to note

This programme will remain open until noon on 14th December 2020



Further details about this funding is available on he Covenant Fund website Link below:

Funding at your fingertips

Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

To see what is available, search for funds. To see full fund details and more than one page of results, please sign up or sign in.

Useful links

Institute of Fundraising

Resources, skills development and codes of practice for fundraising.

Charity Retail Association

Help with setting up and running a charity shop.

Public Contracts Scotland

Find out about public sector contract opportunities in Scotland.

Find your local Third Sector Interface

Third Sector Interfaces are local services which support your organisation, including helping you to find funding.

Business Gateway

Practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland, includes information on finance and grants.

 
 

Introducing two new programmes supporting the Armed Forces community...

 
 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund:
Force for Change programme

We're excited to introduce a new, local grants programme awarding one-year grants of up to £20,000 for projects that seek to promote social inclusion and support Forces communities to become less isolated.

This year, we have an additional focus on tackling the impact of Covid-19, helping Forces communities move to the 'new normal' and supporting volunteers to carry out local projects.

Full programme details on our website.
 
Tell me more
 
   
 
 
 

The Tackling Loneliness programme

This new, large grant programme will award two-year fixed grants of £70,000 to projects that seek to tackle loneliness and isolation within Armed Forces communities.

We'd particularly like projects to work with groups within the Forces community who are traditionally harder to reach and tend not to engage in services and provision available to them.

A list of these groups, and further information about the priorities of this new programme are available on our website.
 
Tell me more
 
  

Funding dates for your diary...

The Trust currently has three funding programmes supporting the Armed Forces community. 

Full details of all our programmes are available on our website.
 
 
Tell me more
 
 
 
 

The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide pandemic-based and other grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week.  The deadlines for normal grant applications this year is the end of Sep 20 and the end of Dec 20.  The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K and the application process is online, here:  https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/

If you have any queries, please contact us at grants@veteransfoundation.org.uk
Health Support & Informattion

Our contact tracing app – Protect Scotland – is now available to download. It is:


Simple and easy to use

Private and anonymous

An extra tool to support #TestAndProtect Download today to help us stop the spread


Download the Protect Scotland app
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Health rights for veterans

Veterans and the NHS

If you have served in the armed forces as a regular or a reserve then you may be entitled to healthcare support as a veteran.

The armed forces covenant

NHS Scotland and all Scottish health boards have signed the armed forces covenant which says that:

  • veterans should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in using or accessing public and commercial services
  • special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for the injured and the bereaved

Priority treatment for veterans

The covenant states that veterans should receive priority treatment for ongoing health problems that are a direct result of their service unless there is an emergency case or another case that demands higher clinical priority. If you have health condition that fits this description and that needs treatment, please tell your GP.

“Priority treatment” should not be interpreted as “preferential treatment”. The level of priority is based on your clinical need for treatment. Veterans with health conditions that are not a direct result of service in the armed forces will not be given priority treatment.

Leaving the armed forces

When you leave the armed forces and return to civilian life, you should register with your local GP. Tell your GP that you have been in the forces and let them know if you have any medical conditions that are a direct result of your service. However, it is your choice whether or not you wish to be identified as a veteran in your NHS medical records.

Medical records

When you leave the forces you will be offered an F Med 133 which you should give to your civilian GP. This summarises your medical history, immunisation and screening status, and current medication.

Your medical records from your time in service are held by the MOD and can be shared with your GP with your signed consent.

Additional information is available on the NHS Inform website here

Housing Support

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.
 

Membership News and Other Updates

 
 
 
Dear Member,

We are excited to announce that, with effect from 8 October, we will be changing the name of Scottish War Blinded. We will also be changing the name of our sister charity, Royal Blind. 
  
Scottish War Blinded and Royal Blind have been leading the way in caring for people who are blind or partially sighted for more than 100 years and 225 years respectively.  
  
Our heritage makes us what we are today. Wmust continue to evolve to keep our heritage alive, and to move forwards in meeting the evolving needs of the people with visual impairment in Scotland who need our support.  
 
Why change our names? 
 
Scottish War Blinded was established over 100 years ago to provide support to those returning to Scotland from the First World War blinded by mustard gas. Today,over 98% of the veterans we support have lost their sight for reasons unrelated to their service. Our work has changed over the years, but to date the name hasn’tchanged to reflect this. We know that this is making it harder for us to reach out and provide support to the veterans across Scotland who could benefit from our help 
 
We also know that the word ‘blind’ does not cover everyone to whom Scottish War Blinded and Royal Blind could provide support. Older people, in particular, are less likely to identify with the word ‘blind’, and are more likely to use terms like ‘sight loss’ and ‘visual impairment. 
 
There are already more than 175,000 people living with sight loss in Scotland and this is set to rise by more than 30,000 by 2030. There are around 212,500 veterans in Scotland, and an estimated 20,000 veterans who are living with sight loss over the age of 75.  Our charities have a joint ambition to reach out and support as many of these people as we can. 
 
New names and identities will help us stand out from other sight loss charities in Scotland and communicate clearly who we are and what we do.  
 
What this change means for you  
 
When we launch our new identities on 8 October, the names of both Scottish War Blinded and our sister charity Royal Blind will change. At that point we will be back in touch with you to share the new names so that you can update your records and the contact details you have for us. 
 
This is a significant and exciting milestone. We look forward to working with you as we continue on our journey, and achieve our ambition of reaching many more people in Scotland living with sight loss who need our support. 

Yours sincerely,
 
 
 
 
Davina Shiell
Director of Marketing and Communications
Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded
 

venture trust


Building a safer, more equal
and healthier Scotland 
 
 
 
 
To our valued referrers and partners,

I hope you and your teams are well.

As we have seen further restrictions relax we are able to open up parts of our delivery and return to our core personal development support.
 
It has been fantastic to be working outdoors and face-to-face in a distanced way individually and in small groups, we are pleased to have been able to support people over the last few months. Some of our latest impact figures are included in the infographic below:
 
 
Looking ahead
We are planning to resume wilderness-based delivery from mid-October. We will take small steps towards ‘normal’ provision. Between now and Christmas we are planning to run 9 mini journeys with small groups. We have some special adjustments to support this:
 
  • This will be a group of six all with individual tents, stoves and equipment.
  • We will limit the time spent in minibuses, 1m distancing with masks (max 1 hour).
  • Social distancing in line with government guidance.
  • We are putting in place special cleaning arrangements for equipment, vehicles and offices.
  • At the start of journeys we will temperature check the group and staff and run through a symptoms questionnaire.
 
Our community based work will continue to be a blend of digital and face-to-face delivery, we are also preparing the office meeting rooms to allow indoor meetings with participants which will be available in Edinburgh and Stirling this month with Glasgow to follow.
 
Be Connected
During lockdown we widened some of our eligibility criteria to offer wider support to those who needed it.  As we transition to our core support, we propose to support these individuals in their progression to other services and ensure adequate support is in place.
 
Kind regards
 
Mike Strang
Director of Operations
 

Please circulate to your teams and partners.

If you want to make a referral to our support service please complete our webform:  Secure referral webform

or if you have any questions please get in touch. 

referralseasthub@venturetrust.org.uk
or
easthub@venturetrust.cjsm.net - if you have a secure email

Telephone: 0131 228 7700
 
 
 

POPPYSCOTLAND LEADS PROJECT TO REVIEW THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT

 

Poppyscotland and its parent charity, the Royal British Legion are leading a project to review the implementation of the Covenant, and to identify any gaps in policy and practice.
 
The Armed Forces Covenant, which reaches its ten-year anniversary in 2021, is the nation’s vow to our Armed Forces community including those still serving (Regular or Reserve), those who have served in the past, and their families.
 
The Covenant contains two principles, signatories to the Covenant work to ensure our Armed Forces community face no disadvantage, and in some cases such as those who have been injured and bereaved as a result of service, should receive special consideration.
 
In order to deliver this project, Poppyscotland is putting out a call for evidence to various stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors including Veterans Scotland members.
 
Veterans Scotland’s Executive Committee and other groups are strongly supporting this project. Along with Poppyscotland, we would be grateful if member organisations could please support the project by:
 
  • Sharing any annomysied data, research, reports and publications from your organisation relating to the Covenant and or its implementation;
  • Providing any comments that you wish to offer about any aspect of the Covenant and its implementation.
  • This includes but not least: Governance, Local Focus, Data Capturing, Covenant Funding, Public Awareness, Terms and Conditions of Service, Responsibility of Care, Deployment, Family Life, Changes in Defence, Health, Education, Housing, Transitions (including employment and criminal justice), support after service, tax and benefits, recognition, participation, commercial services, and recourse.   
 
Responses should please be sent to Usman Ali at publicaffairsscotland@poppyscotland.org.uk  
 
Poppyscotland will be hosting a series of virtual events to allow partners to come together to discuss the initial research findings. These events had originally been planned to be held physically but the situation with COVID-19 has led to us reconfiguring plans.
 
Once research and discussions are complete, our findings will be included in a report being jointly prepared by Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion. Current publication date is scheduled for November 2021.   
 
Any questions about the project can be directed to Usman Ali using the email provided.
 

The Story a Wee Scottish Veteran in 2020.

 
I think it’s fair to assume that no one could have predicted the complete and utter chaos we have been experiencing this year; for me unfortunately a mad and chaotic life is exactly what I was banking on and is why this time last year I had no intentions of being here alive. I was going to have the best year of my life ever and then I was going to cowardly yet in a well-planned out manner end my life and end my pain. You can judge that and think what you like, I probably would do the same to be honest, but you have no idea the physical, psychological and emotional trauma I have survived. I am not going to bore you with all the gory details but what I will let you in on is the how and why I was saved.
 
At the rear end of 2019 I was booked in for some major surgery, so was residing in the spare room of a family member so I would have someone to look after me post op. In actual fact, I had been sofa surfing for a year or so at this point, I was better being around people and was less of a “suicide risk” to myself if I ensured I was kept motivated and surrounded with people. This presented its own problems: I had no place to call my own, no real stability and it was having a seriously debilitating effect on my mental health. I finally with some help made the decision to go register as homeless and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Scary, embarrassing but weirdly empowering finally starting to take back control of my life.

So, there I am sat in the waiting room to register as homeless, I had never been down this avenue before, so I did not know what to expect or what to do, my best friend came with me for some emotional support. I went through the paperwork but was told as I had somewhere to stay for the night, I would not be likely to be housed anywhere any time soon. I had made a start at least; it was going to be a waiting out game or so I thought…

The next day I called the Glasgow’s Helping Heroes office just for some general advice to see they had any experience dealing with this kind of thing and could help me as I was feeling totally helpless at this point. In comes Sally, the first member of my Dream Team, this lovely lady who calmed me, supported me and straight up fought for me. She did not and would not take no for an answer to me not being housed, now just to set the scene this is 1 day before lockdown was implemented so everywhere was starting to get a little crazy; businesses and office buildings where closing and not allowing face to face interactions so this really did put a big spanner in the works.

What did Sally do I hear you ask? We took a lovely stroll around to Govan Law Centre and they very kindly agreed to see us, (all her doing) and they were very sweet and kind and they wrote up a little letter for me to take back to the homeless place. Upon receipt of the letter they did offer to house me in a hostel/hotel but I knew given the mental state I was in this just wasn’t a route I was willing to take; I had battled some alcohol and drug addiction and had gotten myself out of that place so did not want not be going back into that kind of environment. Sally organised for me to stay at this cute little B&B whilst we waited on word of a temporary house. Much to our surprise less than a few days later I was offered a temporary flat in South of the City, I was not in a place to refuse this and the house was decent enough at the time, so the ball started rolling.

It was at this temporary flat (on first day of official lockdown) that I was introduced to member number 2 of my Dream Team, Janette Rae (Turning Point Support Worker). Janette helped me through the paperwork and in dealing with the benefits and any financial help I may have been entitled to. It’s worthwhile saying at this stage I had no money left at all, for the last year I had been living off my savings and my only income had been a small pension I receive from the Army. The emotional support I was receiving at this stage from both Sally and Janette was unreal they sorted me out with food parcels and gas/electricity and would listen to me moan, panic and freak out about a variety of different stresses in my life at the time.

I was again, truly fortunate in that Janette and Sally had some connections with some Military/Veterans Charities that turned out to be an absolute god send to me. Both had put me in touch with a guy called David Gibson who runs an organisation called Fares4Free, who help Veterans get to appointments and any place they need to get to really. He straight away offered their services to me, anywhere I had to go they would accommodate this so the relief of not having to stress about getting to medical appointments was a huge help straight off the bat.

So, there I am, with my Dream Team filling up, living in this Temporary House self-isolating on my own for a couple of weeks getting food and necessities delivered to me by these amazing individuals and volunteers. Unfortunately, the house was not suitable for me.  There were horrendous issues with the neighbours and drug addicts doing their business right outside my front door. The Dream Team stepped in (again) and accommodated me in a hotel, so I did not have to have the stress of living in that house where I did not feel safe and comfortable.

Now at this stage I am not sure who done what as all of them were working together like a well-oiled machine whose only goal was securing me a nice, comfortable home where I would feel safe and secure. It took a little time but not too long and soon I was offered another temporary flat, which was a huge relief but moving into the house had been no easy feat so now moving out with more things that I had accumulated was a pretty terrifying and a financially taxing prospect. I need not have worried the Dream Team had my back 110%.   They organised for a Removals Company namely H J Grant Removals (who volunteered their services) to come at no cost to myself and move me. You have no idea just how lucky, blessed and honestly slightly embarrassed I was that I had needed to use these services in the first place as I had gotten my life into such a mess.

So, there I am skint, mid-lockdown moving to a new house for the second time to a part-furnished flat at the other end of the city. David and Hayden did me such a turn and organised some furniture and some “bits and bobs” which turned out to be a lot more than one could ever have expected. I went from having nothing to having furniture aplenty in the space of 4 days.  It was crazy but amazing. I was so overwhelmed with the help and support I would receive and would be constantly thanking the guys so much so I think it started to irritate them. They are doing what they love to do and helping veterans brings them joy.  It took me a while to cotton on to that but once I did I tried to just accept the help that was offered to me without feeling embarrassed or like I was taking support or funding away from someone else.

In the new flat I had help from all the people named above to not only furnish, heat and run this house but who would bring me food every week and are on hand anytime I need them with whatever issue it is that day. They’ve delivered random care packages, some clothing and all kinds of little things you wouldn’t think make a difference but really do in someone’s life, most notable is the time and effort they have spent bettering and building me up as a person.  I have since had some days out and regular input not only from Janette, Sally (and I can’t forget Si who also works for Glasgow’s Helping Heroes), the Fares4Free guys but from Glasgow’s Coming Home Centre (Alana) and I’m sure there are many others I don’t know about who have been working in the background to help me. Help4Heroes (Jock Kelso) got me funding to get a brand-new cooker for the flat which would not have been possible for me at all in my current circumstances.

I suffer with a variety of different illnesses and issues both physically and mentally and everyday really is a struggle. Some days it gets too much and I’m a complete and utter emotional wreck lying on the floor usually writhing in pain running back and forward from the toilet being violently sick. I can medicate but it is a bit of a sore point with me having gotten myself off all medications (at some points it was an insane amount of tablets I had to take to get survive over 80 tablets a day alongside weekly, monthly and bi monthly injections/infusions).

I have come a long way since then but it has been a struggle so when I get really poorly (most days), I need to keep my mind and body occupied I’ve found it’s the best way for me to get through the day. I get into very deep bouts of depression when I have to take the meds so I was absolutely thrilled one day when David (and I think he was taking pity on me as I was in such a bad place mentally) offered to take me fishing for the day. I was so excited at the prospect of being outdoors doing something I enjoy and would love to do more of that brings me peace, joy and if I’m being completely honest it teaches me patience too which never done anyone any harm. We have done this a couple of times now and I must say it really has been an immense stress-reliever. Being outdoors in nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city really does me the world of good, I get to relax for a change and we are accommodated enough that if and when I do get bouts of intense agony I’m comfortable enough to go lie down in the shelter, on bench or even in the car if necessary. What started out as me being a wreck of a person who was ashamed of themselves and wouldn’t ask for help but had it kindly pushed upon me has blossomed into a genuine friendship and it’s so nice to have David and the Dream Teams support.

When I found out that David had actually taken one of his days off work to come and take me out for the day (as he knew the pressure and stress I was under) I was so overwhelmed with the level of support I now have available to me. He really has been a godsend, who knew that such a simple thing like a day out putting some bait on a rod and hoping for the best outcome could be so therapeutic?! I look forward to more days like this and going forward I plan on volunteering with these organisations and if I get to help one veteran whose been in my position or similar then I am set for life, it would have been worth it all.

Throughout this whole process, I was very aware of the luck I had come into having this amazing team of people supporting me and helping through it all, they not only helped me logistically but they’ve genuinely had a huge impact of my mental health and general well-being. They’ve helped me build my confidence up again and have given me a new passion for life and there is nothing I can do to thank them for that other than live, prosper and be successful and give back in any way I can.

In conclusion, my Dream Team saved my life, the reason I was saved and am still alive is to help other people it really is as simple as that. In helping other people, I will get to live my best possible life and thrive accordingly! I battle every day with suicidal ideation, physical and mental pain and I think I always will but with my Dream Team behind me I am well equipped for the battle.
If you are struggling just now do not do it in silence, never fear there is a Dream Team out there waiting to be assembled for you.
All you need to do is ask.

Please do it, it is the best thing I have ever done.

Dream Team
Sally & Si – Glasgow Helping Heroes
Janette Rae – Turning Point
David Gibson, John & David– Fares4Free
Jock Kelso – Help4Heroes
Alana – Coming Home Centre
Hayden Grant – HJGrant Removals
 
And the countless volunteers who help make these organisations thrive.
 
 
 
 

 

Veterans UK looking for new ways to help ease the pressure on the National Health Service and continue processing claims safely

Pilot Scheme launched to change the way Veterans UK gather medical evidence for War Pensions Scheme claims and reviews.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has brought about many changes to how we work, particularly to how we gather evidence from organisations who have also had to adapt to new ways of working. We have had to think about how best we can still obtain all the relevant medical information with the least added pressure for the NHS, and how to overcome the suspension of face to face compensation scheme medical board examinations.

What does this mean for our Customers?

Veterans UK won’t be issuing requests for medical board examinations or Hospital Case notes. Instead, we will be issuing a Primary Care Factual report and supplementary self-assessment form directly to the claimant. A letter will explain everything and provide instructions for the claimant to follow, it will include information on how to get help completing the Self-Assessment Form, if needed.

The Primary Care Factual Report has been slightly redesigned for completion by either the General Practitioner or surgery practice manager. They should be able to complete the relevant sections using treatment notes held on their records, although in a small number of cases the GP may ask the claimant to attend the surgery prior to completion of the form. We are asking claimants to return this form to Veterans UK along with the Self-Assessment Form and any other documents related to their condition(s).

The Self-Assessment Form completed by the claimant, will provide our Medical Adviser with information that will inform their view on the entitlement and level of assessment under the scheme.

Veterans Welfare Service

The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) provides a professional help and advice service to veterans or anyone supporting a veteran, their families and dependants.
 

VWS is run by the Ministry of Defence’s (MODVeterans UK and provides free one-to-one support to veterans or anyone supporting a veteran, their families and dependants, with a national network of welfare managers across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

We work together with the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force, local authorities, voluntary organisations, service charities and Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees to provide a free welfare service that promotes independence, maintains dignity and provides continuous support through life.





OSCR

How to raise a notifiable event

When a notifiable event happens in a charity, we ask the charity trustees to contact us to let us know what has happened and tell us about the action the charity will take in light of the event.

A notifiable event could be:

  • fraud and theft
  • significant financial loss
  • incidents of abuse or mistreatment of vulnerable beneficiaries
  • a lack of charity trustees required to make a legal decision
  • when a charity has been subject to a criminal investigation or an investigation by another regulator or agency; sanctions have been imposed, or concerns raised by another regulator or agency
  • when significant sums of money or other property have been donated to the charity from an unknown or unverified source
  • suspicions that the charity and/or its assets are being used to fund criminal activity (including terrorism)
  • charity trustees acting improperly or whilst disqualified.

OSCR does not want to know about every event, only those that threaten to have a significant impact on the charity or its assets. One of the most important assets of a charity is its reputation, so it is also important to consider what impact any event might have on that.

Reporting these significant events to us is a positive step and charities should not be nervous about contacting us. It gives us reassurance about the governance of the charity and allows us to identify the correct sources of guidance and support. By working with us when these events occur, ultimately charities are contributing to improved trust and confidence in their work and the sector.

To help charities report notifiable events to OSCR, we have introduced a new online form to make it easier for charities to tell us the information we need to know. Our website also has notifiable event guidance to help you work out if you need to contact us or not.

You can access the notifiable event form and guidance here.

If you have any further questions about raising a notifiable event, please contact us.

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