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The Veterans' Foundation Grant Applications

Trustees of the Veterans Foundation will be allocating grants in mid-Oct and the deadline for applications from armed forces' charities and other organisations carrying out charitable work for serving members of the armed faces, veterans of the armed forces, qualifying merchant seamen, and their dependants is the end of Sep.  

The online application form is at www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/ and bids are capped at £30K.

 

Glasgow Helping Heroes Wins Grant to Help Armed Forces Community with Housing Needs

A local Glasgow charity is celebrating after making a successful bid for funding from Nationwide Building Society for its work to support housing for veterans and their families in the area.

Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, has been looking to support charities dealing with the many issues around housing in Scotland and has made £250,000 available to help make a difference across communities across the region.

Glasgow Helping Heroes has been confirmed as one of those that has been successful in receiving a grant of £25,000 to support its work.

Glasgow’s Helping Heroes is a partnership between SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity and Glasgow City Council, to support the serving community, veterans and their families. The team offer holistic help and advice on issues such as housing, employment and training, dealing with debt or financial issues as well as assistance relating to health problems.

Nationwide invited applications for grants of up to £50,000 for housing projects that have the potential to strengthen communities and help make a difference in local areas, ranging from preventing people from being homeless, helping people into a home and supporting people to remain in their homes. Applications for the grants were accepted from across Scotland.

Read More on this story Here

New pocket guide for troops to access mental health support

The guide, jointly launched by Samaritans and the Ministry of Defence, gives advice on how to identify signs that someone may be having difficulties, suggests ways of offering support and gives information on where help can be found.

All military personnel and reserves, some 200,000 people, will have access to either a hard copy or digital version of the booklet.

The guide builds on the range of support already available to service personnel who are struggling with their mental health, including access to specialist mental health medical care, training and education on good mental fitness and the Combat Stress 24-hour Mental Health Helpline.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Mental health issues can affect anyone and I want to ensure no one in our military suffers in silence. It is vital that service personnel know where to turn to in times of crisis, and this guide will raise awareness of the support available.

By helping our people to spot the early signs that someone may be struggling, we give them the best chance of a full recovery.

Specifically designed to promote peer support amongst those serving, the guide champions “looking after your mates”, and covers:

  • Identifying someone struggling to cope with mental health issues
  • Understanding the complexity of suicide
  • Knowing when to intervene, support and report
  • Where to get further support, including the Samaritans service, whose volunteers are available any time, via phone and email or in person at the charity’s 201 branches, and the recently launched Combat Stress 24/7 Military Mental Health Helpline

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:

While military mental health continues to be slightly better than the general population, we’re committed to ensuring that those who need help are able to get the support they need.

This guide, alongside our extra investment in mental health care and the 24-hour Mental Health Helpline, will be invaluable in helping our people to help each other.

Samaritans and the MOD have announced several joint initiatives to offer training and support to serving personnel, veterans and their families who are struggling with mental health issues.

The Samaritans programme has been funded by £3.5m from LIBOR, and the guide is the latest part of this programme. A separate booklet is set to be launched for veterans, and the wider military community.

The next stage of the project will include the launch of other peer support tools, specially designed training courses for military personnel and a confidential webchat service. Training for Samaritans volunteers on how address mental health in a military environment will also be introduced.

Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland, said:

Samaritans is committed to bringing the expertise we have gained in training people to provide peer support to the military, in order to prevent suicides. This is the first step in a journey to provide a variety of support for serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families.

The booklet will also help personnel spot signs that colleagues may be having suicidal thoughts and provides information on how such a situation should be approached, and where support is available.

The number of military personnel who take their lives continues to be below rates for the general population, with the military rate of suicide being 8 per 100,000, in 2017, compared to 18 per 100,000 in the general population in 2016.

The Ministry of Defence is now spending £220 million over the next decade to improve mental health services for serving personnel. In February of this year, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson also announced the establishment of a 24-Hour Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families, funded by the MOD and run by the charity Combat Stress.

The MOD’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is designed to encourage all members of the armed forces to recognise the importance of mental fitness and encourages individuals to seek support if they are struggling with their mental health.

Lothian Veterans Centre

The Lothian Veterans Centre are seeking an enthusiastic individual with empathy for the needs of disadvantaged Veterans and their families.

As part of a small team, the Veterans Support Worker provides general support services in a broad range of areas to Veterans and their family members whilst collecting data to report and improve the effectiveness of the support provided.   The Veterans Support Worker coordinates and delivers activities in support of employability, social inclusion and health & well-being activities.  Based mainly in the LVC office in Dalkeith and also in other locations as specific events and outreach services require.  The post holder will report to the Operations Manager.

Further details about this post is available via the link here

 

The five most common GDPR questions

David Mills examines the questions that charity staff are asking about GDPR

You’re probably fed up hearing about GDPR? What are the real questions asked during training?

As training providers to SCVO, and having delivered courses to various thirrd sector organisations so far this year, here are the five most common GDPR questions we’ve been asked.

Do we really have to complete a data audit? 

The answer, is yes!

Without it, how can your organisation know; what data it holds?  Where it is held/stored?  How long it is kept for? Who it is shared with?  Who has access to it?  What purpose does it serve? What legal basis is allocated to the processing?

Without the above, having it documented and following the chain of processing, organisations will struggle with most other areas of GDPR. There is also a requirement to do so, Article 30 of the EU GDPR.

Surely we need consent to process the data?

The answer, no, not in all cases. In fact, only in certain circumstances. There are six legal bases that make processing lawful and consent is only one of them. There will be occasions when consent is an appropriate legal basis to process, but there are five other legal bases and some will better serve certain organisational needs. They are:

Contract: Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party, or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.

Legal obligation: Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.

Vital interests: Processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person.

Public interest: Processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

Legitimate interest: Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject.

Read more at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/blogs/the-five-most-common-gdpr-questions

 

Garden of Remembrance Edinburgh

The dedication service of the Garden of Remembrance at the Scott Monument, Edinburgh will take place at 1100 hours on Monday 29 October 2018.

Members of the public are invited to join the Lord Provost, Civic leaders and representatives of the Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember and honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Musical support will be provided by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the service which will incorporate hymns, wreath laying and an act of remembrance will be led by the National Chaplain of the Royal British Legion Scotland the Rev Dr Karen Campbell.

This event is free and those Tri-Service / Regimental Associations wishing to parade their Standard are requested to notify l.kyle@legionscotland.org.uk 

 

Garden of Remembrance Glasgow

The dedication service of the Garden of Remembrance at George Square, Glasgow will take place at 1100 hours on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

Members of the public are invited to join the Lord Provost, Civic leaders and representatives of the Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember and honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Musical support will be provided by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the service which will incorporate hymns, wreath laying and an act of remembrance will be led by the National Chaplain of the Royal British Legion Scotland the Rev Dr Karen Campbell.

This event is free and those Tri-Service / Regimental Associations wishing to parade their Standard are requested to notify l.kyle@legionscotland.org.uk 

 

Remembrance Sunday – National Event

Members of the public are invited to join the Lord Provost, representatives from the Scottish Government, UK Government and the Armed Forces and Veterans community to remember our fallen at 1100 hours on Sunday 11 November 2018 at the Stone of Remembrance, City Chambers, Edinburgh



At 1000 hours the Military Detachments, Bands and Veterans Detachment, including Standard Bearers will muster and form up on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

At 1032 the Veterans Detachment, led by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland will step off and march to the Stone of Remembrance.

All are invited to the service in St. Giles' Cathedral immediately after the ceremony.

This event is free and those Tri-Service / Regimental Associations wishing to parade their Standard or take part in the parade are requested to notify l.kyle@legionscotland.org.uk 

 

PACE Information Leaflet

The latest PACE information leaflet which provides valuable information for anyone in a redundancy situation is now available.  It also has useful numbers etc for those seeking further support across various PACE partners.  A link to the leaflet is contained below:

Leaflet link

Unforgotten Forces Newsletter No. 2 - Summer 2018

Please find attached the Summer 2018 Newsletter of the Unforgotten Forces project which supports older military veterans in Scotland age 65 and over.

We hope that you may find this interesting and please feel free to forward it to any individuals or organisations you think it may be relevant for – particularly those that might refer older veterans to us for the sorts of support we can provide.

Further information reference referrals and contact details etc. are included on the final page.

 

Link here

 

Charities SORP Committee and Process - governance review

The four charity regulators in the UK and Republic of Ireland have decided to hold a governance review of the constitution and composition of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) committee and the SORP making process.

The governance review will be undertaken by an Oversight Panel comprising an observer representative nominated by the FRC and a representative from each of the four charity regulators. The panel will be assisted by the staff of the CCEW and OSCR.

The work of the panel will be overseen by Professor Gareth Morgan, an independent Chair retained by the SORP-making body.

The purpose of the governance review is:

  • to gain assurance that the SORP-making process commands confidence and addresses the transparency and public confidence challenges facing charities; and
  • to assure the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) that any revised arrangements adhere to the FRC Policy on developing SORPs.

The Charities SORP is the set of rules which governs charity accounting for charitable companies and larger charities and was initially developed by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW) and the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) were added as joint members of the SORP-making body in June 2018.  The Financial Reporting Council have also approved the inclusion of the Charities Regulator in the SORP-making body but this is subject to the SORP being formally adopted for use in the Republic of Ireland and made mandatory for Irish charities.

The charity regulators have identified that as a minimum the governance review shall consider the following matters:

  • The composition of the advisory SORP Committee
  • Identification of, and engagement with, key stakeholders in the SORP development process
  • The extent to which the views of key stakeholders have been recognised in the process
  • Potential of changes to membership of the SORP Committee should the FRC agree the remit of the SORP to make recommendations covering non-statutory financial reporting by charities.

The governance review will be undertaken during 2018 and the conduct of the review, the taking of evidence, publicising of the process, and the identification and invitation of participants, and any other relevant matter shall be determined by the Oversight Panel. Any recommendations from the review requiring change to the composition of the advisory SORP Committee and the SORP development process will be taken forward by the SORP-making body in 2019 in time for the development of the next full SORP.

Charities SORP Committee Governance Review Panel Chair, Professor Gareth Morgan, said,

"As someone who has had a long interest in the Charities SORP, both as an academic researcher and as a practitioner, I am very much aware of its significance in achieving massive improvements in charity accounts and reporting since the first modern SORP was issued in 1995. Going forward in 2018, I am delighted that the four charity regulators across the UK and Ireland will together form the new SORP-making body. In the circumstances, it is entirely right to begin with a review of the governance processes in developing new versions of the SORP, and I am honoured to have been asked to chair that review".

Laura Anderson of OSCR who is one of the joint Chairs of the SORP Committee, said,

"On behalf of the charity regulators involved in the SORP process we welcome Gareth taking on the role of Chair. The review comes at a critical juncture as we look to take stock and develop the next SORP with the needs of all four charity law jurisdictions in mind. To be effective we need a SORP process that is fully representative and delivers a SORP that it is clear, accurate and meets the reporting needs of the users of charity reports and accounts whilst upholding the standards issued by the FRC."
(Link to OSCR Information)

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – Briefing Liaison Officer (Scotland)

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is now recruiting for the role of Briefing Liaison Officer (BLO), Scotland, a similar post to seven other positions located throughout the United Kingdom. Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to start by mid-October, for an initial two year fixed term contract. The role includes briefing a wide range of audiences both military and civilian on the work of the Charity, provision of fundraising support to the Regional Office and Events, establishing and maintaining key relationships with Army units (Regular and Reserve) and local contacts, and continual development of our volunteer fundraising.

Read more

 

INJURED AND SICK VETERANS FROM FRINGE
PREMIERE JOIN FORCES WITH POPPYSCOTLAND

Sick and injured veterans from Bravo 22 Company, one of the most remarkable theatre groups at the Fringe, today visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, in Edinburgh, to highlight the work of Poppyscotland. All are taking part in Unspoken, a premiere inspired by the stories of 100 ex-Servicemen and ex-Servicewomen which runs from 21-27 August.

Among those present was the unstoppable Luke Delahunty. Paralysed from the chest down, he has nonetheless become a scuba diving instructor, twice competed at the Invictus Games, won the Soldiering On People’s Choice Award and recently completed a charity handcycle ride from London to Paris. And now he is going on stage.

It will be the second time Delahunty has been involved in shows in Edinburgh. Back in 1991, the former RAF serviceman, who lives in Aylesbury, took part in a display of precision marching and rifle drill at the Edinburgh International Tattoo as a member of the Queen’s Colour Squadron.

His life was transformed by a motorbike accident that left him with severe spinal chord injuries and needing lengthy rehabilitation. Nowadays, Delahunty is deeply committed to spreading awareness of the work of organisations like Poppyscotland and Bravo 22 Company (a military arts based recovery programme) – and of all the things that people with severe injuries can achieve.

He said: “When this first happened I thought that the future wouldn’t be very exciting, to say the least. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Coming to the Fringe with Bravo 22 Company proves the point. I’m really looking forward to this brand new experience of doing a series of shows at the world’s biggest arts festival, and in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.”

During their visit to the city, Bravo 22 Company wants to highlight Poppyscotland’s life-changing work in support of the Armed Forces community. They see 2018 as an especially important moment as it marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Today, they met some of the disabled veterans from Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory workforce who make all Scotland’s poppies and wreaths for the annual Scottish Poppy Appeal.

Poppyscotland Chief Executive Mark Bibbey said: “We were delighted to welcome Bravo 22 Company to the Poppy Factory. It was an opportunity for our incredible team of veterans with disabilities to meet Luke and other cast members, to share stories from their time in the Forces and explore some of the important issues raised in Unspoken.”

All Unspoken’s 15 cast members, who include veterans and spouses, have seen and experienced some of life’s greatest extremes. The play, written by Gary Kitching, is a moving and funny exploration of life in the aftermath of trauma and injury. Unspoken is set in a club where a disparate regiment of soldiers, sailors and airmen have gathered to chat, drink and watch live entertainment.

Kitching said: “Unspoken reflects the experiences of love, loss, loneliness and hope that are the reality for sick and wounded veterans and their families. These aren’t people who want sympathy – they just want to tell their story and be better understood.

“I spoke to people all round the country and have tried to reflect their stories and experiences, characters, culture and the challenges they face. And if ever there was a time to think about how much has been endured by so many, it must be 2018 – the anniversary of the end of the First World War.”

Unspoken will be dedicated to The Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ movement, which aims to thank the whole First World War generation. Unspoken is made possible by The Royal British Legion and The Drive Project, with the support of Newcastle Theatre Royal and actor Ray Winstone, who is The Drive Project and Bravo 22 Company’s ambassador.

The Royal Scots Regimental Trust marks WWI centenary with unique website feature

The Royal Scots Regimental Trust is marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with a new and unique online facility covering all Royal Scots who died in WWI.  Descendants of those men and other researchers will be able to access the list, which is believed to be the first to be compiled on a regimental basis, via the Trust’s website.

Among the 11,313 Royal Scots killed during WWI was Lieutenant GM Thompson, the first British officer to die in action in the war.  He was killed on 22 August 1914 in West Africa where he was commanding a small group of local soldiers against German forces in Togoland.

The Regiment served in most of the campaigns of the First World War, from the Western Front to Bulgaria.  William Paulin was among the last casualties of the war, killed on Armistice Day 1918 in Flanders. The Regiment saw active service into 1919 against the Bolsheviks in Russia.  Over 100,000 men served with the Regiment, and with some 40,000 being wounded, the total casualty list exceeded 50%.  Six VCs were awarded to members of the Regiment – amazingly, four of the recipients survived the war. (Read More)

 

Consultation on draft guidance for charities with investments

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is seeking your views on its draft investment guidance.

The guidance aims to help and support trustees of charities that have investments or are considering investing some of the charity’s funds. It has been developed with the assistance of Julie Hutchison of Aberdeen Standard Investments and our reference group of investment managers and charity finance directors.

View the draft here.

This consultation runs from 13 August to 21 September. If you would like to respond please see our open consultations page for details. Your comments can be short and specific to any part of the draft guidance or you can comment on the full document – we are grateful for all feedback whether it is complimentary or highlights where improvements are needed.

OSCR’s Head of Professional Advice and Intelligence, Laura Anderson, said,

‘Charities of all shapes and sizes hold investments which often take different forms and demand differing levels of management and expertise. This guidance has been developed to support charity trustees of charities that hold investments, regardless of the size of the charity and whether the charity has held investments for a long period of time or are just starting out on their investment journey.

'Your feedback is critical in helping us to shape this guidance so that all charities in Scotland that have investments, or may be considering investing, feel well supported in this area of their operations.’

Julie Hutchison has also produced a blog introducing the consultation that you can read here 

Background

  • The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is the independent registrar and regulator of Scotland’s 24,400 charities and publishes the Scottish Charity Register at www.oscr.org.uk. Our vision is of charities you can trust and which provide public benefit. More information about our work can be found on our website.
  • A detailed explanation of the reference group members can be found in the consultation document.

 

 

Hundreds of members of the RAF Family have been supported by a series of new welfare initiatives, launched by the RAF Benevolent Fund.
 
To date this year, the RAF’s leading welfare charity has received almost 300 enquiries for its Listening, Counselling and Wellbeing Service as well as those wishing to access help via Anxiety UK and Cruse Bereavement Care.
 
It is thought that one in four people will experience a common mental health illness, such as anxiety or depression, at some stage in their lives. Many do not seek the help they need, with only a quarter of those diagnosed going on to receive treatment.
 
Research carried out by the Fund in 2015, highlighted the need for more mental wellbeing support for the wider RAF Family, including veterans and dependants of those who serve.
 

People like Sally, a Reservist in the RAF, who contacted Anxiety UK, for support with depression.
 
Sally said: “There is still a stigma around mental illness. I knew deep down something was wrong but I did not want to start that first conversation, I had a fear of where to start. I spent a long time in denial. You have to trust your family or a loved one and talk about it. My other half was adamant that things could not be left as they were any longer but I had to be pushed to get help. I thought I was coping but I wasn't.
 
“Without the therapy sessions I would be in a far worse situation and I would encourage others to please seek help if they feel they are not coping and talk to someone about how they are feeling.”
 
The Fund’s partnership with Anxiety UK includes therapy provision for those experiencing anxiety and/or depression (only available for non-serving applicants, serving personnel should contact their Station Medical Officer in the first instance) and subsidised annual membership to Anxiety UK.
 
The RAF Benevolent Fund also works in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care to offer support for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, including face-to-face and telephone counselling sessions.
 
RAF veteran Les Campsie says the counselling ‘rescued him from a very dark place’ following the death of his wife of 57 years, Patricia.
 
The 86-year-old explained: “For me counselling was the first step out of grief, it rescued me from a very dark place. It was hard at first but gradually you can talk about it and it encourages you take the next step. Talking to a third party outside of the immediate family is very helpful because you can talk openly, without fear of giving grief to someone else.
 
“I found I lost all my confidence when Patricia died, I found decision making very difficult. I just felt inadequate.”
 
Counselling really helped to give me the courage to get out and about again, to re-join organisations I had given up when Patricia became so ill. Now I’m a regular member of my local Probus club, Masonic Lodge, and I go to the gym three times a week. It’s even given me the confidence to book my first holiday in years.”
 
As well as this, the Listening, Counselling and Wellbeing Service provides confidential emotional support to help the RAF Family deal with a range of issues from issues from low mood and stress to low self-esteem and loneliness or isolation due to caring. The service includes telephone and face-to-face counselling sessions, home visits are available.
 
If you need support with your mental wellbeing contact 0300 222 5703 and support@rafbf.org.uk where you will be referred to the service best equipped to support you.

The Veterans’ guide to later life in Scotland

 

If you are aged 65 or older, live in Scotland and have served in the armed forces, the guide will be most relevant to you. It doesn’t matter how long ago, or for how long, you served: you may have had a military career, a short period of national service, been a reservist, or even supported a military operation with the merchant navy. Veterans under age 65 will find much of the content of value, as will older veterans’ family members.

Later life may bring changes and opportunities to your life, and you may need to know about organisations and services which are unfamiliar to you. Much of the legislation which gives older people in Scotland rights and protections differ from that in the rest of the UK. Within this guide equalities and human rights, and most benefits, are UK-wide, but other rights are set out in specifically Scottish legislation.

This guide has been developed by the Age Scotland Veterans’ Project. We’re grateful for the advice of our Unforgotten Forces partners in developing it.”

– Brian Sloan, Age Scotland Chief Executive

Download the Veterans’ Guide to Later Life in Scotland

Find out more about the Age Scotland Veterans’ Project

 

Serving To Civilian: Valuing Veterans’ Skills

If you’re looking for advice and guidance to help shape your future career, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has a wealth of information and resources to support those leaving the Forces and veterans…

SDS offer free careers guidance to give you the best chance of success in the civilian job market from their centres nationwide and through My World of Work, Scotland’s careers website.

Alistair Ferrier, Armed Forces Champion at Skills Development Scotland, explained: “We know how challenging the transition to Civvy Street can be, so we want to make sure that Service leavers, veterans and their families have all the information they need to make this process as easy as possible.

“From My World of Work online to our careers centres, we can offer information on employment, apprenticeships, retraining, funding and much more.”

Find out more about Skills Development Scotland’s services at www.myworldofwork.co.uk/veterans or to find out how SDS can support you, contact Alistair at alistair.ferrier@sds.co.uk

 

Well-being interventions help ex-Service personnel transitioning back into civilian life

 

Preventative interventions may have a positive effect on the well-being of ex-Service personnel who are having difficulties making the transition back into civilian life, a new Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) funded-study has revealed.

The systematic review of research literature led by Newcastle University, published in Plos One academic journal, shows the positive impact of well-being interventions such as journaling and relaxation techniques on the lives of ex-Service personnel and their families.

The report highlights four areas to consider in future research and service development:

• What well-being means to ex-Service personnel transitioning back to civilian life
• Acceptability of interventions which may be perceived as treatment
• Further trials of the effectiveness of interventions with diverse groups of participants
• How and when low-wellbeing should be identified in Service personnel

The review looked at nine studies from the United States of America and evaluated the effectiveness of interventions for current and ex-Service personnel. Researchers found the positive effects on well-being was found in those reporting difficulties making the transition back to civilian life and their families.

Evidence from the review suggests a need for future robust trials exploring the effectiveness of well-being interventions for the Armed Forces community as a means to help with the challenges of transitioning back into civilian life.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of Forces in Mind Trust, said: “What has been revealed, in this systematic review of well-being interventions, is that there may be benefit in making these preventative techniques available to ex-Service personnel experiencing difficulty on the transition pathway. These are popular activities, and it is important that they are evidence based.”

Dr Sarah Wigham, Research Associate at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience, said: “The review has summarized the evidence base for the effectiveness of well-being interventions for Armed Forces personnel transitioning to civilian life. The review findings will be of interest to those tasked with making decisions about which interventions to fund and develop in the future.’’

You can see the briefing document here and the full review here.

The journal article was published in PLOS ONE, you can read it here.

 
 

Improving transition out of the Armed Forces: engaging families through behavioural insights

The Behavioural Insights Team(BIT) were commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) to assess whether empirical insights from social and behavioural sciences can help Service leavers’ families benefit more from services that support transition from the Armed Forces.

The need for this project came from work around families which FiMT has been developing over the last couple of years, when problems with engagement have been highlighted.

This report identifies the cognitive biases and barriers relevant to accessing services and presents ways in which systems can be designed to reduce them, or work with them.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said: “This is the first project we have funded with BIT. Their innovative and scientific approach has offered a unique insight into how service providers can benefit families by improving engagement, both during their time as a Service family and especially as they approach transition.

“The recommendations included in this report offer a range of changes to how services are delivered – such as tapping into Service leaver and family identity; presenting decisions as mattering for today not tomorrow; connecting with social networks; and making that transition easier, not harder. The second phase of this important work is now well underway.”

You can read the full report here.

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Scottish Veterans Commissioner

New appointment to represent veterans community.

A new Scottish Veterans Commissioner has been announced by Veterans Minister Designate Graeme Dey.

Charles (Charlie) Wallace’s appointment will start in the autumn. He is currently Deputy Commander, 51st Infantry Brigade and HQ Scotland and has had an exemplary 35 career in the Army. The role of Scottish Veterans Commissioner is unique in the UK and, since its creation in 2014, has been held by Eric Fraser.

It comes as the Minister Designate launched a new guide providing practical information about services available in Scotland to support service personnel and their families.

Speaking ahead of Armed Forces Day, Mr Dey said:

“Scotland has a long and proud military tradition, with more than 500,000 people in our armed forces and ex-service community. I firmly believe they are an asset to Scotland, and I want to ensure they are properly supported.

“The work of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner has led the way across the UK as a voice for veterans within Scotland. Charlie Wallace brings a great deal of experience from his long and distinguished army career and I am confident he will build on the excellent work delivered by Eric Fraser.

“It is also essential service personnel and their families living or moving to Scotland can benefit from everything we have to offer, which the guide I am launching will do.”

Charlie Wallace said:

“I am delighted to be taking up the appointment of the Veterans Commissioner from Eric Fraser, who has done such an excellent job in establishing the role.  I am really looking forward to championing the thousands of amazing veterans we have in Scotland and who contribute so much to our society.”   

Scottish Veterans Commissioner, Eric Fraser, said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Charlie Wallace has been appointed as the next Veterans Commissioner.  Having worked closely with him over the last couple of years I know he will bring enormous enthusiasm, energy and knowledge to the role and will work to ensure our veterans and their families receive the best possible support when needed, but also that they have the opportunity to make the maximum contribution to our communities across Scotland. I wish him every success in his new appointment.”

Background

In his new role, Mr Wallace will work to improve the outcomes for veterans in Scotland and will act as their ambassador. He will also seek to highlight opportunities and inform wider policy for the Armed Forces Community and families in Scotland.

The Welcome to Scotland Guide sets out key practical information about services available in Scotland in areas such as education, healthcare and housing.

 

2,000 OLDER ARMED FORCES VETERANS HELPED BY £4m COLLABORATIVE PROJECT

A multi-million-pound programme to support older Armed Forces veterans in Scotland has helped around 2,000 people in its first year.

The Unforgotten Forces project is a collaboration of 15 leading organisations, led by Poppyscotland, which is delivering a range of services and enhancements in areas including advice, access to healthcare, social isolation, respite and transport, along with creative activities and events for those in care settings. The consortium was awarded £4m of funding from the Aged Veterans Fund to run the project over three years.  Full Story Here

 

YOUR VETERANS NEED YOU! LEGION SCOTLAND CALLS FOR VOLUNTEERS

Scotland’s largest membership charity for veterans is on the lookout for volunteers to help tackle isolation and loneliness among the Armed Forces community.

Legion Scotland’s recruitment drive for its Veterans Community Support Service, which was launched last year, is asking people to spare a few hours in order to improve support for veterans and their families in the community.

Kevin Gray MM, Chief Executive Officer of Legion Scotland, said: “We have experienced a huge increase in demand for our unique service since it was launched in July 2017. In this time, we have helped nearly 300 veterans get back on their feet and feel confident with their surroundings, and this is all down to our fabulous volunteers who give their time freely to help others. There is more to be done and we need your help to do more for those who have served the nation.

“The ethos of military life and the importance of comradeship that is achieved through that bond of friendship found during service can never be underestimated. It’s hard to imagine that any veteran could be suffering from isolation and loneliness and struggle to settle into a community – but it happens, and it’s a genuine problem that is increasing. We must tackle it now, but we need your free time. It only takes an hour or two a week to make a difference to someone’s life.”

The incredible value of the service was highlighted when a veteran that was struggling badly with loneliness was referred earlier this year. He was visibly distressed and spoke of desperation and isolation. The veteran explained that he only had the birds that he feeds in his garden as company and that he’d seen very few people between Christmas and spring.

Legion Scotland took the initiative and followed up to put his mind at ease. Recently, the 90-year-old Royal Horse Artillery veteran spoke positively, and loneliness was not discussed. He talked about the difference in his life since his new Legion Scotland volunteer started visiting. He said he looks forward to her visits and that they always have plenty to talk about.

For more information on volunteering with the service, which runs in tandem with the Unforgotten Forces project, please email support@legionscotland.org.uk, or call the support team on 0131 550 1560. Full Story 

  

SCOTLAND STAR HELPING VETERANS BOUNCE BACK

 

Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby star Hamish Watson hopped to it yesterday to help launch a brand new family fundraiser in aid of leading Armed Forces charity Poppyscotland.

The Big Poppy Bounce will see supporters of all ages descend upon BT Murrayfield to climb aboard space hoppers and race 100 metres – for 100 years – to help our veterans bounce back into civilian life in the process.

The Big Poppy Bounce will take place over the back pitches at the iconic home of Scottish Rugby on Sunday, 19th August, and it is hoped the fun day out will raise in excess of £10,000 to support Poppyscotland’s life-changing work for the Armed Forces community living in Scotland.

Speaking at the launch, flanker Watson said: “This is a really great new event and one for an important cause. It has been a long time since I jumped on board a space hopper and I don’t remember it being so tough on the legs! I think the kids are definitely going to have the upper hand in the races.

“It is all for an incredibly worthwhile cause and I think it’s even more important in this centenary year that we got the extra mile to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and to help veterans who urgently need Poppyscotland’s support today.”

There will be a range of hopper races throughout the afternoon for all ages, including a family relay, along with fun family activities to suit the young and young-at-heart. There will be music and entertainment, cheerleading workshops, ice-cream, a selfie station, face painting and even a poppy quiz. It all starts at 11:30am on Sunday, 19th August.

Poppyscotland’s Head of Fundraising, Gordon Michie, said: “We have an ever-growing number of fundraising activities outwith the traditional Poppy Appeal period in November. Our Armed Forces community cannot wait until November for us to help, so it’s really important that we continue to introduce new events like this. This is the first event we’ve launched specifically targeted at families, and we hope they hop down to BT Murrayfield in their hundreds.”

Entry is £10 for adults and over-16s; £5 for those aged five-to-16; and free for the under-fives. Anyone who raises more that £50 in sponsorship will be able to take their specially branded Poppy Space Hopper home. For more information and to register, please visit www.poppyscotland.org.uk/bounce.

 

 

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Newsletters

Veterans Scotland Newsletter

Read the latest issue and past issues of the veterans Scotland Newsletters  here

Cobseo Newsletter

A link to the recent Cobseo Newsletter is available here.

Latest News RMRMC

  

Erskine Reid Macewan Activities Centre July 2018 Newsletter

A copy of the July ERMAC newsletter is available via the link here find out what has been going on.

RAF 100

EVENTS IN SCOTLAND

Details of all the RAF100 events across the country can be found on the RAF100 website, check HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? at the back of this leaflet. Details of a selection of the events that are planned in Scotland are listed in this leaflet.

Link here

Training

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)


We have been asked to make you aware of the opportunity to attend the 1 day EFAW course which is SQA regulated.  Courses are available free of charge for all ex-forces  as part of the Lothians Veterans Centre outreach project.  Courses are available for groups of 6-12 personnel and can be run at venues across the central belt of Scotland. 

Additionally organisations wishing to arrange training should contact Steven Williams by email:

steven.williams@lothiansveteranscentre.org.uk

A copy of the Information Flyer for the EFAW training is available here.

Other Events across the Lothians

Find out whats going on across the Lothians this August.  Details here