DMWS – Project Officer – Positive Pathways Lead


Home-Based – (within easy reach to Glasgow & Edinburgh)

Salary:- £23,852 per annum plus £750 Allowance

FTC for up to 2 years

Would you like to be involved in helping registered charities and community interest groups help and support the mental health and wellbeing of ex-forces?  We have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated, self-starter to help organisations apply for funding for activities under the Positive Pathways Programme, an exciting new project that is part of the Veteran’s Mental Health & Well-being fund. (Further details can be found at:

Your role is to help groups and charities to apply for grants of either £35k (1 year) or £70k (2 years) to fund activities that make a real difference to the mental health of veterans. You will help to crystallise thinking, consider all the necessary angles and complete their applications. You will need to encourage collaboration between organisations, build networks and develop online resources for applications, such as FAQs and promotional materials.

You will need to be a great ambassador for DMWS, presenting us as a positive forward thinking organisation using collaborative working and intelligent application of the fund.  You will also need to report to the funders on success rates/KPIs.

We are looking for someone with a sound understanding of the third sector in Scotland, with competency in Microsoft applications and excellent verbal and written communications skills.  Additionally, you should have an ability to initiate and manage influential external relationships, superior organisational skills, with able to work to deadlines and under pressure.

The successful candidate with also be flexible, willing to support the wider organisation and have a real passion for welfare services.

As this post includes extensive travel across Scotland and attend occasional meetings in London, you will need to drive and have access to a vehicle.

Our generous benefits package includes 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, enhanced sick pay, death in service benefits, 6% matched pension and Smart-Health – online access to a GP 24/7.

For a copy of our JD, please see our website

Closing date: Monday 17 February 2020


Support for veterans: strategy


The launch of the Veterans Strategy in November 2018 acknowledged the importance of supporting and empowering those who have served us in our Armed Forces. Veterans, young and old, offer a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge that are vital for civil society and it is important that the contribution of their families is recognised too.

By committing to this Strategy along with the other governments of the United Kingdom, the Scottish Government has pledged to achieve a shared Vision and Principles and the best possible outcomes for our veterans and their families in the future. Implementing the Strategy, however, will be tailored to the needs of our veterans population and the distinctive mechanisms for delivery in Scotland.

Taking forward our consultation in Scotland, we have been clear to emphasise the message that, first and foremost, veterans are assets to our society. And for the small proportion who find the transition to civilian life more of a challenge, we owe them all the support that we can to ensure that, regardless of their difficulties, they too are able to realise their potential and live full and successful lives after their military service.

We have focused on strengthening the excellent work being done every day by organisations across the public, private and charitable sectors to support and empower veterans. Our response to the Strategy builds on this work and recognises that the needs of our veterans are changing, both in terms of the reducing numbers and also with regard to the types of support that help them to integrate successfully into civilian society. Where veterans require help, their issues can be multiple and complex, emphasising the importance of effective collaboration and co-ordination by the many agencies that are available to support them.

Looking ahead, this document sets out how we intend to respond to these changes, across all of the services that impact on the lives of veterans and families of the Armed Forces community in Scotland.


Government fulfils promise to veterans with new railcard

Image of Veterans railcard

Military veterans to get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends.

  • new railcard, available from Armistice Day this year, will help boost veterans’ job prospects and strengthen family bonds through cheaper travel
  • over 830,000 eligible for a third off their fares, saving veterans and their families hundreds of pounds a year
  • discount forms part of government’s new veterans strategy to support former servicemen and women

Military veterans will get cut-price train travel to help boost job prospects and bring them closer to family and friends, with a new railcard on sale from Armistice Day, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced today (22 January 2020).

Available from Armistice Day this year, the railcard will extend discounted train travel to the more than 830,000 veterans not covered by existing discounts.

Joined by veterans at St Pancras railway station, the Transport Secretary and the Minister for the Cabinet Office underlined the government’s commitment to supporting former service personnel and recognised their service to the country.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:

“Discounted train travel is a fantastic way to recognise those who have served this country, and the speed at which plans have been worked up shows how seriously we are taking our commitments to make the UK the best country in the world to be a veteran.

“The railcard is only the start though, and I’m clear we need to do more to look after the people who so selflessly put their lives on the line to look after us.

“Now the action plan has been published, I look forward to continuing to drive forward this issue across government and the services we offer.

More information

From: Department for TransportCabinet OfficeMinistry of DefenceThe Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MPJohnny Mercer MP, and The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.


Positive Futures: Getting Transition Right in Scotland

The ‘Positive Futures’ paper develops the thinking and takes account of ‘big picture’ developments since the 2015 ‘Transition in Scotland‘ report was prepared by my predecessor, Eric Fraser.  As well as economic and demographic change, and changes afoot in our Armed Forces, it takes account of the vision and 2028 outcomes set out in the first ever UK-wide, long-term Strategy for our Veterans and initial findings from the public consultation on the Strategy

You can view the Positive Futures paper here.

If you would like to print a copy of the paper, you can do so here.

This initial paper sets the scene for a series of short papers on different aspects of transition, which will contain specific recommendations for Government, the first of which, looking at employment, skills and learning is planned for next spring.

We’ll also be sharing the experiences of some of the Service leavers we’ve spoken with, including their journeys, how they found the process, and the support they accessed. You can read these here.  




Veterans Scotland Newsletter

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

OSCR Reporter

Read the latest issue and past issues of the OSCR Reportter Newsletters  here

Veterans' Foundation

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 .

FiMT Reports


The UK Armed Forces Charity Sector: A Summary of Provision
Published: November 2018
Download this report
Veterans Work: Moving On
Published: November 2018
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Changing Our Approach to Veterans’ Employment

Summary Report of the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Summit on ‘Transforming Perceptions and Unlocking Ex-Services Talent’, 8 October 2019