28 February 2019 - Issue 3
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Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust makes grants to support the Armed Forces Community. We manage the grant programmes funded by the Covenant Fund. We also run wider funding programmes that support the Armed Forces Community.

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Fund for Veterans’ Community Centres Launched
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched a £3M funding programme to fund renovations and improvements to veterans’ community centres.

Grants of up to £30,000 are available. A small number of grants of up to £150,000 will be made to more complex projects.

The Veterans’ Community Centres Programme is a specialist pot of funding. Applicants must be Armed Forces charities with an existing building that requires refurbishment. Read More

Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund – Shape the Positive Pathways Programme

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund has £10M to award; and the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is asking for your views on how it should be spent. The Positive Pathways Programme will projects that will develop and run activities which are supportive to ex- forces mental health and wellbeing. The consultation is asking about what types of projects could be supported; and about how the programme might link projects into wider work to support veterans.

Sonia Howe, Director of Policy said “We will use the information from the consultation to develop our programme guidance; and this will set out the criteria for projects applying for a grant. There’s not long left to share your views on what this programme should support; and this is a great opportunity to shape how we deliver this funding.”

The consultation closes on 15 March; and the programme will open for applications in May 2019


Legion Scotland and Poppyscotland are calling on communities, families and friends to help spread the message to D-Day veterans who are eligible for a fully-funded trip to this year’s 75th anniversary commemorations in the UK and Normandy.

Scotland’s leading Armed Forces charities, together with The Royal British Legion which operates in the rest of the UK, plan to take up to 300 Normandy veterans to France on a specially chartered ship to mark 75 years since the original D-Day landings. 175 veterans, who helped liberate France during the Second World War have already signed up to travel on the MV Boudicca, but there is still the opportunity for more to join them, with the deadline for applications having been extended until Monday, 4th March.

Dr Claire Armstrong, the Chief Executive of Legion Scotland, said: “We believe it’s important that all veterans who contributed to the liberation of France who want to attend the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Portsmouth and Normandy are able to do so.

“We are delighted at the response we have received so far, but we still have space for more veterans to join their comrades who shared in those challenging wartime experiences in 1944. Most importantly at this stage, we don’t want anyone who wishes to take part to be left behind.

“If you have a friend or family member who is a D-Day veteran – or, indeed, if you are one yourself – please get in touch with The Royal British Legion and find out how to be a part of this historic trip.”

Poppyscotland to Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is just over a week away (Friday, 8th March) and Scotland’s leading military charity is embracing the annual event in order to celebrate the contribution of women in the Armed Forces. Poppyscotland will be paying tribute to female veterans and volunteers, and, across Fife and the Lothians, collectors will be helping to raise vital funds for the charity over the course of next week (March 4th-10th).

Of course, when it comes to the Armed Forces in Scotland, one woman stands tall for her contribution to our country’s Poppy Appeal. Lady Haig, wife of Field Marshal Haig, established a Poppy Factory in Edinburgh in 1926 to produce poppies exclusively for Scotland.

The poppy was not just a symbol of remembrance, but a way to raise money to support the welfare of ex-Servicemen left destitute in the aftermath of the First World War. Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory is still in action today employing more than 40 disabled veterans who produce around five million poppies by hand for the annual Poppy Appeal.

Jodie Whitham, who is Poppyscotland’s Regional Fundraiser for the East of Scotland and the organiser of next week’s collections, has a special family connection to the Armed Forces of her own. She said: “My gran, Joyce Lee, was in the Women’s Land Army (WLA) in 1943. At the time, she was 19 and her role was to look after Italian war criminals at the Eden Camp, in Malton [North Yorkshire]. She loved her job and the friends that she made, and she often talked about how she felt she was doing her bit for her country. Our family are all exceptionally proud of her.”

Poppyscotland Joins Forces With Pathfinder For Glasgow Resettlement Expo


Leading Scottish military charity, Poppyscotland has pledged its support for a national armed forces and veterans expo coming to Hampden Park in March.

The Pathfinder Armed Forces And Veterans Resettlement Expo takes place at Scotland’s national stadium on Thursday March 14, which will see over 30 exhibitors offer careers advice, training recommendations and a variety of veteran’s services on the day.

Now Poppyscotland has joined forces with Pathfinder International to add their range of services and advice to an anticipated audience of over 300 attendees.

The event is only the second of its kind in the UK, where the entire military community is welcome to attend, with the first event being held in St. James’ Park, Newcastle in November 2018.

Pathfinder International magazine editor, Mal Robinson said: “We are delighted to announce Poppyscotland as our official partner for the event at Hampden Park. Poppyscotland is synonymous with a range of veterans’ services within Scotland and to have them on board for our first event in Glasgow displays the calibre of the expo offer we have provided for both military service leavers and veterans alike.”


Mark Bibbey, Chief Executive of Poppyscotland said: “Poppyscotland is delighted to be supporting the Pathfinder Military Resettlement & Veterans Expo in Glasgow next month. Finding suitable and sustainable employment after Service is so important, and it is something Poppyscotland cares deeply about. We hope that lots of veterans and service leavers will join us on the day to find out more about the opportunities that exist, and the support that is available to them from Poppyscotland and many other organisations.”

The expo on Thursday March 14 is open from 0930 to 1330. Entry to the event is free for anyone connected to the military community.

Tickets can be reserved via the Eventbrite website here:

NFF February newsletter now available

The February edition of the NFF newsletter is now available.

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Spring Army&You now available

The spring edition of Army&You is now available in print and online.

Click here to download and read the latest news.

Veterans Assist Scotland

If you are looking for information or advice, the answer may be found on the Veterans Assist Website. There is a wide range of information on who your local Armed Forces and Veterans Champion is to where you can find local advice and information.

Find out more on the site and keep up to date on what is going on around Scotland for the Ex-Service community.


Events and Activities Calendar


We are aware of a number of events and activities that are being provided for the wider veterans community.  If you want to find out more click the link below:

Armed Forces and Veterans Community Cross Party Group Meetings

We have now had confirmation on dates for the next CPGs, which are provisionally booked as follows:
  • Wednesday 24 April – Committee Room 2
  • Tuesday 11 June – Committee Room 6
  • Tuesday 10 September – Committee Room 6
Additional information is available on the Scottish Parliament website via the link below:


The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy.  They exist to support sailors, marines and their families, for life.   Find out more about their services and the support they offer on their website.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. They make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world. Find out more on their website.

Read all the latest news from Blesma and sign up for a copy of their newsletter.

Are you a current or former member of the Royal Air Force, then you may be interested in what the Royal Air Forces Association can do for you.

New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers

All service leavers will receive a new ID card to mark their time in the armed forces.

A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers.

From today, any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.

The cards allow veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed.

All other veterans will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of this year, to mark their time in the armed forces.


Transition: Individual Planning and Personal Development is the offer of support, advice and education that will increase personal knowledge and awareness and supports soldiers’ personal development and long-term planning. It is mandated by Commander Land Forces and directed in Land Forces Standing Order 3221.

Transition IPPD should be undertaken throughout your military career in order to enhance your professional portfolio and career prospects as well as prepare you for your inevitable transition to civilian life.


The Veterans’ Foundation Grant Applications

Trustees of the Veterans Foundation allocate grants every three or four months.  They welcome applications from Armed Forces charities and other organisations carrying out charitable work for serving or veteran members of the Armed Forces, qualifying merchant seamen, and their dependants, who are in need. Deadlines for applications are the end of December, March, May and September each year. Further details can be found on the website .

Employment Opertunities

Poppyscotland is at the forefront of delivery of support to our Armed Forces community across Scotland. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding.

Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company are looking to recruit a apart time Operative at their Scottish site in Erskine.  Further details are available on their website and a link is provided below.

Wider Sector Job Opportunities

There are a wide range of job opportunities advertised on the Cobseo website.  To find out more click on the link below:

Capitalising on military talent: Everything you need to know about employing veterans

Employers that haven't considered hiring veterans are missing a trick. This toolkit is designed to help businesses strengthen their workforce by tapping into the ex-military talent pool.

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Ex-military personnel offer a wealth of transferable skills, including leadership, teamwork, problem solving and a strong work ethic that bring significant value to the civilian workforce. Yet many businesses are missing out on this top talent due to a lack of knowledge about the military or negative misconceptions.

Business in the Community’s new toolkit, written in partnership with military recruitment specialists, Salute My Job, is designed to help your businesses strengthen its workforce by offering veterans fulfilling second careers. It has been developed with input from leading employers, such as BT, Fujitsu, Standard Life and the NHS, to help you build a pipeline of talented veterans into your business.

Further information is also available in the BITC website


A ground-breaking service that is providing life-changing support to thousands of older Armed Forces veterans in Scotland, and was recently heralded by the Scottish Veterans Minister as “excellent”, has acquired a 16th member to add to its burgeoning ranks.

Led by Poppyscotland, the Unforgotten Forces consortium has now been joined by the Royal Air Forces Association – a charity which prides itself on “supporting the RAF family” via a network of volunteer welfare officers and volunteer caseworkers which last year dealt with more than 100,000 calls and visits.

The Unforgotten Forces consortium delivers a range of new and enhanced services for older veterans. The project, which has delivered 6,000 instances of support for older veterans in the first 18 months of operation, offers assistance in areas including advice, access to healthcare, countering social isolation, respite and transport, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings.  

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the Royal Air Forces Association, said: “The Royal Air Forces Association is extremely pleased to be working as part of the Unforgotten Forces consortium to provide support to older members of the RAF family living in Scotland. We have already seen first-hand the benefits of partnership working as part of this consortium and look forward to helping many more people.”

Speaking on behalf of the Unforgotten Forces consortium, Gary Gray, Head of Welfare Services at Poppyscotland, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Royal Air Forces Association into the fold as the 16th member of the Unforgotten Forces consortium which supports older veterans across Scotland of 65 years and above.


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