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01 October 2021 (Edition - Issue 35)

MAJOR GENERAL MARK STRUDWICK CBE
 


 

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Major General Mark Strudwick CBE, after a short illness, on 26 Sep 2021. Commissioned into The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) in 1966 he went on to command the 1st Battalion in 1984. He subsequently served as General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 1997 until his retirement from the Army in 2000.
 
Following his service, he was Chief Executive of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, and maintained his interests in armed forces and veterans charities as President of The Royal Scots Association, Chairman of Scottish Veterans Residences and Chairman of Trustees of The Scottish National War Memorial and was a former Prior of the Priory of Scotland of the Order of St John.    
 
Throughout his service and retirement, he was a diligent, hardworking and much loved champion for all veterans across Scotland.
 
Employment, Training & Transition Support

Temporary Finance Manager - Job Specification

 
Fixed Term Post – 12 months (wef November, 2021)
Contract – Part -time (2.5 to 3 days per week)
Location – Mainly remote working
Salary £24,000 - £27,000 (pro rata) depending on skills and experience
Deadline – 4th October, 2021
 
This role will provide temporary professional accountancy cover for a fixed term of 12 months within the Veterans’ Foundation (VF) which, mainly supports veterans of UK armed forces and their dependants in need through its grants’ programme. Even though our Executive Team is small, the VF has achieved significant growth over the last five years largely due to the success of the Veterans’ Lottery. As a result, this has enabled the VF to award grants of over £7.1 million since we started in 2016.
 
The main responsibility of the Temporary Finance Manager (TFM) will be, mainly, to support the CFO in managing the finances of the VF. Currently, the VF has a team of four; therefore, it is important that you are comfortable working in such an environment. You must be a self-starter, with lots of initiative, energy and enthusiasm, willing to take on a wide range of tasks, but thoroughly reliable and consistent. The FM will be expected to liaise closely with our partners, including our accountants and our bankers. The role can be performed mainly by remote working; there may be occasional requirement to attend our Edinburgh office
 
For more details about us, please refer to  https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk
 
Tasks for the FM will include:-
  • Providing relevant details to accountants ahead of monthly management accounts.
  • Reviewing management accounts, with short reports ahead of Trustees meetings.
  • Liaising with accountants to ensure the annual audit process is managed effectively
  • Preparing and monitoring of the annual budget and updating this, when necessary
  • Preparing and administering regulatory returns.
  • Monitoring funds available for grants and outlining future grant instalments.
  • Reviewing the financial performance of the lottery and other fundraising activities.
  • Organizing invoice payments and administering bank accounts
  • Administering Gift Aid Claims and their submission to HMRC
  • As appropriate, to carry out other tasks, within competence and capacity, as determined by CEO and CFO, to spread workload.
 
Application instructions:
Please send your CV together with a covering letter outlining clearly why you are suited to carrying out this job and what skills, knowledge and experience you can bring to the VF.

These should be emailed to Paul Heward by no later than 4 October at this address:-
Paul.heward@veteransfoundation.org.uk
 

LAUNCHPAD - Assistant Manager (Administration & Budget)

 
Launchpad provides self-contained accommodation and other support for veterans in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Speke in Liverpool, to help them with transition from the Forces to civilian life.  There are two staff vacancies in Avondale House in Newcastle.  
 
The charity requires an Assistant Manager (Administration & Budget) to manage house finances and administration.  This includes advising residents on benefits, rent and arrears, as well as liaising with the Charity Secretary, the local benefits’ authorities and Launchpad fundraisers.
 
Launchpad also wants to fill a new post, that of Independent Living Co-ordinator, whose role is to support remotely or face-to-face through third parties if possible, those veterans who have left Launchpad and reside in different communities across UK.
 
Both posts are to be based in Newcastle.  Applicants must be experienced with people living with complex issues, exhibit initiative and be good members of the team.  Full details can be seen on the job descriptions on the website here  https://veteranslaunchpad.org.uk/job-vacancies/

The deadline for applications is 15 Oct with interviews taking place in the week commencing 25 Oct. 
 
Applicants MUST send CVs AND a one page covering letter with their applications to:
 
phil.thompson@veteranslaunchpad.org.uk

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language

 

You will have acquired a diverse and well-developed set of hard and soft skills from your service in the Armed Forces. From discipline and leadership to adaptability, excellent communication skills and the ability to get things done, you’ll possess many qualities that will be highly transferable to Civvy Street.

However, although you might have lots to offer, it can be difficult for employers to grasp the value of your military experiences and skills, and understand how they will apply to their business. So, it’s crucial that you take the time to ‘translate’ your skills, qualifications, military job titles and any military-specific terms into “civvy speak” so that employers can understand a bit more about you,what you have achieved and how you will add value. 

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Funding & Financial Support

Scottish Veterans Fund 2022/23 Launch

This year’s Scottish Veterans Fund is now open for bids from projects that improve the lives of former service personnel or their families. The funding pot for this year has been increased to £500,000 and individual projects can bid up to a limit of £50,000 per year. This year the fund is particularly looking to support bids which promote collaboration and partnership from amongst and out with the veterans charitable sector, as well as bids which include support to early service leavers.

Since the fund’s inception in 2008 more than 180 projects have been supported receiving more than £1.7 million.

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.

Grant application Form

Application Guidance Document

Contact details and information on support for bids can be found on the Veterans Scotland website http://www.veteransscotland.co.uk and also within the application guidance document.



Supporting the Armed Forces Covenant through funding real change


Discover the Knowledge Network

Our new, open access data repository: the Knowledge Network features impact and outcome based content from both the programmes the Trust delivers and the projects we support. A new place to access learning and best practice from the grant making of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.

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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: 
  • 12 November
  • 28 February
  • 20 May
  • 26 Aug

New and recently opened funds

 
National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund - Match funding
Organisation: Crowdfunder Ltd
Status: Open
Summary: This match fund has been launched by the National Emergencies Trust as part of its Coronavirus Appeal. It offers support to voluntary and community organisations in the UK by helping them to counter financial challenges created by the pandemic, including the inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services. Eligible services include: - Health and wellbeing services - Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services - Services for vulnerable people self-isolating - Services addressing food poverty - Community response coordination - Services supporting those experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, those facing homelessness and those working with refugees and or asylum seeker communities - Services supporting young people's access to education - Services supporting those in poverty or at risk of poverty
Date re-opened: 22nd September 2021
Next deadline: 22nd October 2021
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Health

Support for veterans

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected.

Image of servicemen helping Afghans onto a plane. Text reads: Support for veterans.
 

This nation is justifiably proud of its Armed Forces, and the brave men and women who step up to serve their nation, often at great personal sacrifice. All those who served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years should be proud of their professionalism and what they helped achieve.

If you are struggling as a result of the recent events in Afghanistan, there is support available across the United Kingdom for veterans and those affected by the latest news.

Immediate support

If you require urgent and immediate support, you can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org
 

Veterans in Scotland can access veteran-led mental health and welfare support through Veterans First Point, part of NHS Scotland.UK-wide

Anyone in the UK or overseas can also contact the Veterans’ Gateway helpline on 0808 802 1212, or visit the website for advice and signposting to further support, including for families and the bereaved.

Check in on each other and if you or someone you know is struggling, get in touch with the services available now.
 

Veterans can also access general services through the NHS24 Mental Health Hub ☎️111 and the Breathing Space ☎️0800 83 85 87.

Save the Date: Veterans’ Mental Health Conference 2022

We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Veterans’ Mental Health Conference, organised by the King’s Centre for Military Health Research, in partnership with the Forces in Mind Trust, will take place on the 10th March 2022 in London, UK. All sessions will be recorded and hosted online after the event.

The Veterans’ Mental Health Conference bringing together leading academics, researchers, medical professionals and charities to discuss the key issues in military mental health. Please keep an eye on our website, and social media for further information about the event.

If you would like further information, please contact Professor Neil Greenberg.

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.

VETERAN VOLUNTEERS: HELP SERVICE LEADERS SETTLE INTO CIVVY STREET  

Housing Options Scotland is a charity working with disabled people, older people and veterans to find the Right Home in the Right Place. We have worked with members of the Armed Forces since 2012 and we have a dedicated service called ‘Military Matters’ to address the needs of this client group. Last financial year, HOS had 266 new veteran clients (a 127.4% increase on the previous year) and the service has never been more needed; because of this, we are currently recruiting for six volunteers to help. 
 
A key priority for service leavers is to find accommodation, however the combination of unfamiliar housing policies, applications and the potential for delays can make the process stressful. We want to make the housing transition as positive as we can and having support from a veteran volunteer who can relate to the client is invaluable. There are practical tasks that the volunteers can help with- briefing and attending meetings for example, or relaying information from the housing brokers- but regular communication with the clients and encouragement is equally important.  
 
We recognise that housing is only part of the process of reintegration from the Armed Forces and so we like our volunteers to continue in a supportive role for the client beyond the housing journey. Volunteers can help to settle clients into their new area by researching local opportunities for veterans or sign-posting other useful services, however often simply keeping in touch is all that is needed to make a difference.  
 
Another way to get involved with HOS is to help us to reach the right people. There are many more service leavers who struggle with finding housing, so it is vital that more of them are aware of the help that is available. Outreach work and community engagement is also very valuable to the charity and talking to others and spreading the word about HOS in the veteran community is brilliant. 
 
Because service men and women often form strong bonds with each other, it is therefore essential that volunteers applying for these roles have a military background. If you are interested in getting involved, or just having a chat about Military Matters, please get in touch with our Military Matters Volunteer Development Worker and REME veteran, Gina who is leading the ‘Veteran Volunteers’ programme: gina@housingoptionsscotland.org,uk  Detailed role descriptions are available. 

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

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.



 

Resources

Veterans Scotland Information Booklet


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

Local Authority Updates

Armed Forces Community


Information to help you settle into your new life in East Lothian if you are leaving the Armed Forces. Find out more here
 
 

Meet Sheila!

Organised, determined and methodical are all essential qualities for Sheila Fitzpatrick in her capacity as Team Leader for Licensing and Landlord Registration.

They’re also invaluable in her role as an RAF Reservist. 

Sheila became a Reservist in 2015 when she was seeking a new challenge for her weekends. Having previously considered enlisting in the Services at an earlier point in her career she admits she wasn’t sure of certain aspects of the Reserves, laughing: “I didn’t realise that you were paid and thought it was all volunteering!”

After visiting her nearest Squadron and undertaking an aptitude test, Sheila was matched with a trade and began her training at RAF Halton. In the time that has followed she has benefited from new experiences and opportunities that she never would have had otherwise. It even led her to East Lothian, relocating across the country from her native Glasgow. 

“There are so many new experiences that I’ve gained in the last six years as a Reservist that it gave me the confidence to entirely relocate,” she said.
 
Sheila’s role sees her coordinate all aspects of aircraft when they are in or leaving a station. On paper it couldn’t be more different to her work within East Lothian Council but she believes the skills and qualities she brings to each organisation enhance the other. 

“Much of licencing can be quite prescribed which is similar to the RAF but you still need to be able to think on your feet because there will always be different situations that pop up. With Covid-19 so many businesses have had to change their business model so licensing has had to try to accommodate and work with that. It’s the same with the Reserves. It’s very methodical when things are going smoothly but I have been on an airfield when a civilian aircraft has had to undertake an emergency landing. You need to be able to adapt to the situation,” she said.

As a Reservist, Sheila has to commit to 27 days training each year – 15 of them continuous. She has recently returned from RAF Lossiemouth where she took part in Operation Joint Warrior, an annual NATO exercise. Training is central to being an RAF Reservist. As Sheila explains, how you manage your time to meet this commitment is a personal decision but it’s important that everyone on a base is fully trained. This includes training on weapons handling and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats.

As a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant East Lothian Council accommodates training through its employment policies, enabling unpaid leave so that Reservists can attend. Sheila admits that when applying for the role within the Council she checked it was a signatory to a Covenant, knowing this would mean her skills and experiences would be highly valued and supported by the organisation.

One of Sheila’s most memorable experiences came when she deployed to Musannah in the Middle East to work as part of a tri-service base. She spent four months working as part of a team which was a first for her and for the RAF as she was the first Reservist to travel to the Royal Air Force of Oman base. Having visited Oman previously to visit a friend, she admits that travelling as part of her RAF commitments was “an incredible experience.”

Sheila works alongside other Reservists and Regular Service personnel and says the camaraderie and team spirit is central to the Forces. “You wouldn’t be able to do what you do without everybody else in the squadron at your back,” she says. “At the adventure training weeks we’re all in separate teams undertaking different activities then at the end of the week there’s one big exercise and everybody is relying on everybody else to get them through. Money can’t buy the opportunities that you get being a reservist.”

Find out more about the East Lothian Armed Forces Covenant.

 

White woman Sheila wears army fatigues and is sitting on a roadside barrier in Oman

Sheila combines her role as Team Leader for Licencing and Landlord Registration with activities as an RAF Reservist

News and Other Updates

Walking With The Wounded to host an international veteran’s football tournament at Peugeot Ashfield Stadium in Glasgow


On Saturday 2 October 2021, military charity, Walking With The Wounded (‘WWTW’) will host 80 veterans from across Europe in an international football tournament at Allied Vehicles Groups Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, home of Glasgow Tigers Speedway. The event will start at 10.30 am and the first game will begin at 11.00 am with six games being played in total. The football tournament will finish at 15:50 and will be followed by a trophy presentation.

The tournament is a partnership between WWTW’s MEDALS Project and four other military veterans’ organisations including, Glasgow’s Helping Heroes’, Andy Allen’s Veterans Support group in Northern Ireland, NFVK of Norway, and Burnley FC in the Community and supported by Mind the Pipes and Drums NI. The Team at Allied Vehicles Group and Glasgow Tigers Speedway have kindly donated the use of the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium for the tournament and all hospitality on the day.

The football players in attendance are coming from Norway and across the British Isles. The event aims to use football to demonstrate the spirit of veteran comradeship and Walking With The Wounded’s ‘Mind The Pipes and Drums’ band will play the national anthems for the veterans before the event.

William Cairns, WWTW Scottish Veterans Project Manager, said,

“Walking With The Wounded’s MEDALS football tournament is an exciting new event that will bring the international veteran community together. I would like to thank all the teams who have signed up to take part, we cannot wait to welcome them to the stadium on October 2nd. We are incredibly grateful to the team at Allied Vehicles Group and Glasgow Tigers Speedway, who has generously donated the use of the stadium for the tournament.”

The football tournament was developed to increase the physical activities of the veterans while at the same time using sport as a tool to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the veteran community. Lockdown has affected many of the veterans that Walking With The Wounded supports, with many reporting poorer mental health because of the numerous Covid-19 lockdowns.

On Course Foundation - Encouraging Female Veterans: Laura’s Story

 
As part of the funding that we received from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, we have been able to recruit a number of new female beneficiaries. This includes beneficiary Laura O’Neill who only started with On Course Foundation in June. Laura served in the Royal Navy for 26 years before being medically discharged after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
 
She was completely new to golf but has since gone on to attend several events. Laura has even been able to encourage her daughter to start playing and they now play regularly together as members of their local nine hole golf club. In Laura’s words:
 
‘’ I have met lots of new people who have become friends and learned enough about golf to be able to hold my own on the golf course. I have found that my own experiences have also helped me to reassure others. I have also found some self-confidence to get out and try doing some new things too. It really has been life-changing for me in the very short-time that I have been with OCF.’’
 
https://youtu.be/sjvrWgAb7UU
 
Veterans like Laura have really benefited from our programme and we are trying to encourage as many wounded, injured and sick female Service personnel and veterans to join On Course Foundation and give golf a go.
 
Please share and if interested, please contact anne.farrow@oncoursefoundation.com.
 
VETERANS ACTIVITY CALENDAR OCTOBER 2021

If you are looking for information on veteran events and activities why not check out the calendar below:

Mental health pilot service launched to support armed forces children,
young people and families in Scotland

Listening Spaces will provide a free helpline service and weekly virtual discussion groups for the next three months to support children, young people and parents from armed forces family backgrounds to follow a four-questioned approach on mental health and wellbeing.

The pilot project will provide a safe space to talk in confidence and explore views, feelings and emotions about life in a serving, reservist or veteran family with qualified staff from the charity, on either a one-to-one basis or collectively with others with shared experience.

Families will be able to express feelings concerning deployment and uncertainty about loved ones, caring responsibilities for family members with life-changing physical or psychological wounds to unique challenges associated with regular relocations and disrupted friendships.

The recent withdrawal of NATO forces in Afghanistan has triggered a strong sense of feeling within serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland, and the charity will contribute its expertise to reinforce growing demand within the armed forces community for support.

Such demand has grown considerably in the past month since the withdrawal from Afghanistan, with some veteran charities reporting a 60%-125% increase in daily calls to helplines from serving personnel and veterans, as well as family members and support services.

Children and young people will be able to self-refer themselves to the pilot project via a specially created QR code, and the charity has issued a call to professional and military sectors who come into contact with armed forces families to establish an effective channel of referral.

Chris Paul, Children and Family Services Manager at the Royal Caledonian Education Trust said:

“Children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families are a seldom-heard group within society and responding to their specific needs, with regard to mental health and wellbeing, is crucial. Listening Spaces will provide Armed Forces children, young people and their families an opportunity to connect and talk about topics which matter the most the them. I believe showing compassion and care when talking about the topics which matter the most will go a considerable way to providing support and a safe space to work through potentially difficult situations, at a time when Afghanistan has returned to the forefront of the minds of so many serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. My hope is that Listening Spaces is the first step in delivering an effective range of mental health and wellbeing services for children, young people and their families.”

The charity will develop its mental health service provision further through the launch of the Your Mind Matters Project early next year, which has received funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to co-produce digital resources and face-to-face support with beneficiaries.

ASAP - Update


The Covid-19 pandemic has hit vulnerable veterans and many others in our Armed Forces community especially hard. Throughout this challenging period, the Armed Services Advice Project (ASAP) has continued to provide a wide range of vital support services to those who have served, those still serving, and their families.

To ensure these services continue to be delivered in an effective and efficient way, Poppyscotland and the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland have been examining some changes to the way in which ASAP is delivered.

Collaboration has always been at the heart of ASAP’s success and the changes we are introducing aim to foster even greater partnership working, sharing the vast knowledge, experience and best practice that has been cultivated over the past decade and integrating this into Poppyscotland’s new welfare service model.

This is an exciting move but will mean some significant changes to the delivery of the ASAP and, as a valued supporter and partner of the service, we wanted to outline what these will be:

• The ASAP telephone helpline (0808 800 1007) will stop taking calls as from 1st October 2021 and, in the interim, calls will be diverted to Scotland’s Citizens Advice Helpline.
• Clients will be able to contact their local bureau, or Scotland’s Citizens Advice Helpline directly on 0800 028 1456 which is open Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00. CAB Advisers will be able to provide support and, if necessary, pass the case onto the relevant ASAP adviser.
• The online referral tool on ASAP’s website, www.adviceasap.org.uk, is being developed to connect people with their appropriate specialist adviser more quickly and efficiently. During the coming months we will continue to improve the service and will be working
closely with partner organisations to establish linkages at both a local and national level. The commitment of Poppyscotland and the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland to provide the best possible service for veterans, serving personnel and their family members remains as resolute as ever.

If you wish to discuss any of the above or look to link with ASAP specialist advisers please contact Hamish.fraser@cas.org.uk.
                                                           
 
 
 
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Long walk to honeymoon: Yompers celebrate wedding

 
 
This month saw the return of the Cateran Yomp, our gruelling 54-mile, 24-hour hike through the Scottish Highlands. Hundreds of supporters joined us for the event’s tenth anniversary, raising a substantial six-figure sum for the Army family! The Yomp saw many memorable moments, including the fastest-ever Yomp by our winner Eddie Towler, and a honeymoon celebration by newlyweds Emma and Andy. 
 
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Register for the Virtual Frontline Walk 

  
Your pace, their story. This autumn, walk 100km in memory of those who fought for our freedom. 
 
The Virtual Frontline Walk is a 100km walking challenge that can be completed anywhere in the world between 1st October and 11th November. Discover local landmarks and personal stories of those who fought in World War One and Two, all while raising money for the soldiers and veterans of today. 
 
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