Armed Forces Day Special Edition - June 2019 - Issue 7
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Armed Forces Day

Saturday 29 June 2019

Salisbury to host Armed Forces Day 2019

Armed Forces Day 2019 will be held in Salisbury, a city steeped in military history. The event, which will be the eleventh Armed Forces Day, will be hosted by Wiltshire County Council with support from the Ministry of Defence

Salisbury has many links with the military. Following the nerve agent attack in the city in March 2018, military teams worked tirelessly, alongside the emergency services, to support the recovery of the city. It is also home to many Army bases including Bulford Camp, Tidworth Camp and Salisbury Plain, one of the UK’s biggest military training areas.

Events are to be held across the UK to mark Armed Forces Day, as well as the national event in Salisbury.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Salisbury was a natural choice to host Armed Forces Day in 2019.

The city has a historic link with our Armed Forces and our troops demonstrated once again their bravery, dedication and skill during the central role they played following the reckless nerve agent attack here this year.

Our extraordinary service men and women continue to help Salisbury and the people of this beautiful cathedral city through the clear up and investigation, and it’s extremely fitting that next year the city and the entire nation will be able to thank them here for their commitment and unwavering service to protecting our nation from the deadliest of threats.

Find Events

There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country. Search the map below to find your nearest event. The map and the site are updated regularly to provide details of Armed Forces Day events. Link Here




Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved, from attending an event or joining us online to throwing a party or local even


Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2019, it will take place on Saturday 29 June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 24 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Reserves Day will also provide an opportunity for the country to recognise our Reserve Forces.


The National Event 2019 will be held in Salisbury, while in 2020 the event will take place in Scarborough. Local events will also take place across the country, you can search or add your local event here.

Bids for the 2021 Armed Forces Day National Event will be invited from 1 December 2019 until 15 March 2020. Please email nearer this time for the latest guidance on how to apply.


Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a much valued morale boost for the troops and their families. You can find out more about what they are doing at home and around the world by visiting the official sites of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.

The public show their support for the Armed Forces on Armed Forces Day, but did you know the Armed Forces Covenant outlines how the Government, businesses and communities support Armed Forces personnel past and present throughout the year? Find out more here.


The Armed Forces

The UK Armed Forces defend the UK and its interests. They are busy working around the world, promoting peace, delivering aid, tackling drug smugglers, providing security and fighting terrorism.


A veteran is anyone who has served in the HM Armed Forces at any time (including National Servicemen, Regulars and Reserves). Armed Forces Day celebrates their continued role within the military community.

You can find out more information about support for Veterans on the Veterans-UK website or by calling Veterans UK on 0808 1914 218.


Scottish Government Progress against SVC Recommendations


Progress Report published by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner supporting veterans is to be applauded, however there is more to do to ensure our veterans continue to receive the best possible levels of support and the services they need. 

Charles Wallace (SVC) said "Today I am publishing my first Progress Report, showing the Scottish Government’s response to all 63 recommendations made by my predecessor, Eric Fraser, across his four reports, and my assessment of the progress made to date. 

The aim is to reveal those areas that are proving to be most challenging and to help direct effort across the Scottish Government to focus on them.  I must stress that there has been some excellent progress made with many of the recommendations".


You can find a link to the electronic Progress Report here


Families and Communities Fund

The Scottish Government’s Families and Communities Fund will run from April 2020 to March 2023, with up to £16m being available annually.

The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also a company limited by guarantee or a SCIO) which deliver work of national significance.

The fund will support the delivery of activities which contribute to improved outcomes for children, young people and their families through:

  • Delivery of prevention and early intervention
  • Providing parenting and family support
  • Supporting development of and maintaining positive healthy relationships
  • Contributing to positive and sustained support for children and young people to achieve their potential under the Getting it right for every child wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included)
  • Preventing adverse childhood experiences and providing trauma-informed support to people affected.

Applications must be received by 2pm on 24th September 2019. Only online applications received by this time will be accepted. The online application form will be available from Corra Foundation’s website on Thursday 6th June.

More information can be found here.

The Institute of Fundraising Scotland has as part of its remit is to deliver subsidised introductory fundraising training courses to small charities.


They are working with Scottish third sector interfaces to deliver this training at the cost of £20 per delegate.  With courses being delivered all over Scotland.


BFBS Big Salute Open for Grant Applications


The BFBS Big Salute fundraising campaign is inviting forces charities to apply for project-based grants.

Nicky Ness, Director of Forces Broadcasting and Entertainment, said:

“We are keen to hear from armed forces charities who find it a challenge to secure funds for specific projects.

“We offer grants of up to £10k and have seen how Big Salute funds can make a huge difference to all areas of the forces community, from cadets to serving personnel, veterans and their families.”

Nine of the charities that applied for Big Salute grants last year have just been awarded funds for a diverse range of projects, they are: Building Heroes, Bournemouth Memorial Homes, Clervaux Trust, AF & V Launchpad Ltd, Our Wilton Trust, Royal Air Forces Association, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, and Winchester Sea Cadets.

Full details about how to apply for the next round of funding is online where charities can complete an application form.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2019.

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 .

New funding available to help get Veterans out and active


The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust has launched the Positive Pathways Programme today.

Armed Forces charities are invited to apply for a share of up to £9M to support ex-forces with activity-based projects that aim to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Improving veteran’s mental health

Part of the Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, the Positive Pathways Programme wants to get Veterans involved in activities such as sports, gardening, conservation and theatre – and there’s one and two-year pots of funding available.

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 pensions


Veterans UK, part of the Ministry of Defence, assess, award, pay, and oversee all armed forces pensions. As a member of the armed forces you’ll have been enrolled in a pension scheme automatically.

They also administer the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for serving and former serving personnel who are injured as a result of their service in the Armed Forces.

Veterans UK Welfare Service in Scotland

Phone: 0141 224 2709

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Other Information

Apply for a veterans badge

You can get an armed forces veterans badge if you’ve served in any of the UK armed forces - there’s no fee.


You can apply if you were in the:

  • army
  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)
  • volunteer or regular reserves

You cannot apply if you:

  • served in the armed forces of another country
  • served alongside the UK armed forces, for example in the Canadian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force

Defence and armed forces Services

  1. Financial help if you're disabled

    Financial help if you're disabled - benefits, housing costs, council tax, vehicle tax exemption, TV Licence, motability schemes, VAT relief

  2. Get a copy of military service records

    Get military service records for the army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or RAF from 1920 - who can apply, how long it takes, cost, how to apply

  3. Appeal a call up to the reserve forces

    Appeal a call up into the reserve forces - request exemption if you're called out into service or ask for exemption for an employee if their request's been turned down

  4. Estimate your armed forces pension

    Estimate your armed forces pension - get a forecast of your armed forces pension, apply online or by post

  5. Veterans UK pensions forms

    Use these forms when claiming pensions under AFPS 75 and AFPS 05.

Charity SORP must change to meet “new public expectations”, review panel says


The SORP governance review panel says charity reporting and accounting must be refocussed with the views and needs of the users of charity reports and accounts at its centre.

A panel set up to review the future development of charity reporting and accounting has today published its final report making a number of recommendations under five key themes. These recommendations are being made in order to ensure that the way that charities report on their work and account for their income under the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) can meet new public expectations and are fit for the future.

The Charities SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice on Accounting and Reporting by Charities) sets out the financial reporting requirements that apply to almost all charities preparing accounts designed to give a true and fair view. The four charity regulators in the UK and Republic of Ireland held a governance review of the constitution and composition of the Charities SORP committee and the SORP making process over the last 9 months.

The governance review was undertaken by an Oversight Panel comprising a representative from each of the four charity regulators and an observer representative nominated by the FRC. The work of the panel was overseen by Professor Gareth Morgan, an independent Chair retained by the SORP-making body.

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