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26 November 2021 (Edition - Issue 43)

BBC Falklands Documentary

Award-winning production company, The Garden is making a 90-min Falklands War documentary for the BBC, focusing on the experiences and first-hand accounts of those who were there. It will also explore how veterans have made sense of those experiences in the 40 years since.

The filmmakers would like to speak to anyone who is willing to chat – whether or not they want to be part of the film. All conversations will greatly assist with the research and can be held in confidence. Please contact the Producer saskia.rusher@thegarden.tv

https://www.thegarden.tv/

The Falklands 40th Anniversary Events


The South Atlantic Medal (1982) is the official name of the medal awarded to almost 30,000 service men and women – and civilians – who took part in the campaign to liberate the Falkland Islands in 1982.
 

Further information about SAMA82 is available on their website  https://sama82.org.uk/40th-anniversary-overview/

Additional information in relation to the various events that are being planned for the 40th Anniversary are also available on the SAMA82 website here.

Falklands 40th commemorated in Scotland

 
 
Legion Scotland are currently gathering information on all proposed or planned events in Scotland for 2022 to mark the Falklands 40th Anniversary.  This will allow us to create an overview of activities between April to June which can be used as a directory for those who want to attend events in their local area. This is also an opportunity to bring key stakeholders together for the delivery of a national event if there was sufficient interest and support.
 
If you have information to share or wish to be involved the planning of a national event to commemorate the anniversary, please contact us on events@legionscotland.org.uk
 
Employment, Training & Transition Support

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


 
If you are looking for employment oppertunities within the voluntary sector check out the good moves website.

Goodmoves – charity and voluntary sector recruitment

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. 

—> DOWNLOAD OUR FREE SKILLS TRANSLATION WORKBOOK

Education Support

Skills Development Scotland national webinar to support parents and carers with S2/S3 option choices

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is delivering a nationwide webinar to support parents and carers with S2/S3 option choices.  The webinar is on Wednesday 1st December at 6.30pm. 

Parents and carers can find out more about how to support option choice decisions, including the support and resources available from SDS. 

SDS Careers Advisers will be providing advice and there will be opportunities for parents and carers to ask questions during the session.

To attend this webinar please register here:  https://s2-s3optionchoices.eventbrite.co.uk

Health

If you live in Scotland, you can sign up to NHS SHARE today

www.registerforshare.org


 
As you are aware, during these unprecedented times the need for new research and development is crucial. NHS SHARE, the Scottish Health Research Register and Biobank, is an NHS Scotland resource which aids medical research projects through both participant recruitment and a bio resource of surplus bloods. NHS SHARE assists research studies such as those investigating Covid-19, dementia, cancer, stroke, diabetes and mental health issues. The register currently holds over 290,000 volunteers but needs more to continue to improve research.
 
I am contacting you to ask whether you might be willing to help promote this project via your website and any newsletters or email communication with your members. We would also like to ask if you can inform your colleagues too.
 
NHS SHARE is an NHS Research Scotland initiative, supported by the Universities in Scotland and the Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government. NHS SHARE helps people find research projects which are relevant to them and also assists researchers find the right people for studies. In addition, NHS SHARE asks for permission to keep any left-over blood following routine clinical testing, for genetic research (no visit necessary to have blood taken). There is no obligation for anyone to participate in research studies and they can withdraw from the register at any time.
 
Please get in touch if you can include NHS SHARE information on your website, in any newsletters or email updates to your members. More information can be accessed via our website  www.registerforshare.org
 
Thank you for taking the time to consider this request. Our aim is to reach 1,000,000 volunteers in Scotland and any help you can offer is very much appreciated. Please let me know if I can provide you with information for your website/newsletters/updates, or if I can be of further assistance.
 
Funding & Financial Support
 

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

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.

Information and Resources

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.

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:

News and Other Updates

Combat Stress appoints permanent CEO

After a successful interim period, Jeff Harrison has been appointed permanent CEO of the veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

Jeff was previously working as both Interim CEO and Director of Resources. Going forward the Director of Resources role will be disbanded. Some areas of that department will report directly into Jeff, while other areas will report to another director.

Jeff said:

“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees and the staff at Combat Stress for their trust in me to lead this charity.

“We are currently working with our Board of Trustees on the next phase of our strategy to ensure all veterans with complex mental health problems can live full and meaningful lives.”

It has been an exceptionally busy year for Combat Stress, adapting and enhancing its services to veterans to provide accessible, modern, and evidence-based treatment. To continue meeting the needs of veterans and their families, the charity announced in July that it is significantly increasing its provision of online treatment, including its intensive PTSD programme, to deliver accessible and effective therapy and support for those with military-related complex mental health issues. This is in addition to outpatient, residential and community treatment. In August and September, Combat Stress saw a sharp increase in calls to its helpline as the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan re-traumatised some veterans or worsened their PTSD.

The charity is also planning to move from its Scotland treatment centre in Ayrshire to a more accessible location in Edinburgh, as well as open a smaller base in Glasgow and operate more than 20 community-based clinics across Scotland.


 



BFBS announces ‘Fighting Fit’: How to get the most out of life in the Armed Forces

 
Today BFBS announces a new quarterly newsletter, Fighting Fit, which will share stories and other ideas, plus tips and advice from the armed forces community. As part of the announcement, BFBS is asking the community for their own life experiences of improving their life and wellbeing in the armed forces.
 
The Fighting Fit newsletter with be shared direct to subscribers’ inboxes, or in a special quarterly edition of the Forces News newsletter, exploring a range of themes to help readers understand how to make the most of wellbeing and work/life balance in the armed forces.
 
The following articles are examples of what the armed forces community can expect in the Fighting Fit newsletter.  
BFBS wants to hear tips and advice from the armed forces community for the Fighting Fit newsletter on everything from getting the most out of Serving and day-to-day work, to experiences they have had that improved their wellbeing or their personal development – anything from tips and advice on housing and accommodation, finances, family life, parenting, or even how taking up a hobby such as joining a music group within the Forces or other special interest or sport has had a positive impact on their Service life.
 
Or it could be tips on how they have coped with deployment, homesickness, and other personal issues that come with the role of serving in the armed forces.
 
The armed forces community can share their life hacks, tips, advice, experience, and life stories at: DigitalHub@bfbs.com
 
And sign up to the newsletter via https://www.forces.net/military-life/fighting-fit-getting-most-out-life-armed-forces
 
For more information, please contact laura.mcturk@bfbs.com
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