New Employment Opportunities with Scottish Veterans Garden City Association
Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association (SVGCA) currently have two job opportunities which may be of interest to the wider Ex-Service community. Further details for these are contained via the links below.
Operations Manager – Recruitment
Salary: circa £35k plus benefits
Hours: 35 hours per week
Office and Finance Assistant – Recruitment
Salary: circa £20k plus benefits
Hours: 35 hours per week
Please note that your CV and covering letter should be sent to the SVGCA CEO, Kevin Gray MM, firstname.lastname@example.org with Operations Manager or Assistant Recruitment in the subject line.
Consultation on Scottish Charity Law
This consultation seeks views on potential improvements to the statutory charity regulation framework in Scotland, in light of proposals put forward by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
The proposals broadly focus on improvements to charity law that would increase transparency and accountability in order to maintain public trust and confidence in charities and OSCR.
Why We Are Consulting
It has been 17 years since the Scottish Charity Law Review Commission (the ‘McFadden report’) proposed establishing a new regulator for Scotland and more than 13 years since the passage of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 which forms the basis of the legislative framework for charities in Scotland.
Given the passage of time since the Act was passed, and the changing environment that charities are operating in, we feel the time is right to check how well the current arrangements are working and explore potential improvements.
We are seeking views from members of the public, the charity sector, and anyone with an interest in charity law. We want to learn from the sector’s expertise and experience and hear first-hand about what really makes an impact on levels of public trust and confidence.
Following the consultation we will analyse the evidence and consider what options are available to us.
Full article can be found here.
Read the consultation paper here.
Poppyscotland welcomes new stragegy on social isolation and lonlieness
Scotland’s leading Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland, has today welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s strategy on Social isolation and Loneliness. Following a submission from Poppyscotland to draft proposals earlier this year, the Scottish Government have amended the strategy in recognition of the specific challenges faced by the Armed Forces community.
In April 2018 Poppyscotland, together with its parent charity the Royal British Legion, published the findings from comprehensive research they had undertaken amongst members of the Armed Forces community. This indicated that social isolation affects 15 percent of the Scottish ex-Service community. Seven percent are affected by loneliness and six percent by bereavement. This research formed the basis for Poppyscotland’s submission to the Scottish Government’s strategy consultation process.
The strategy, entitled “A Connected Scotland”, now includes recognition that:
“some members of the Armed Forces transitioning back to the civilian world from a close knit military community may find themselves experiencing social isolation or loneliness.”
It goes on to acknowledge the importance of:
“tackling the stigma associated in admitting the need for help, which can be particularly prevalent in a community that has historically emphasised self-help.”
Furthermore it includes a commitment to:
“respond to the changing needs of our veterans by setting the right conditions for society to empower and support them.”
All of these points are consistent with Poppyscotland’s Break, Build and Align campaign on Social isolation and Loneliness.
Poppyscotland Chief Executive Mark Bibbey said: “Social isolation has been reported to affect at least 15 per cent of the Scottish ex-Service community and we need to break the stigma that surrounds this topic. We must then build the required practical support for our Armed Forces community to become more connected, and finally align policy, strategy, funding and resources so that our Armed Forces community receives the support they need and so rightly deserve.
“We welcome the new strategy and are particularly pleased to see that a number of aspects of our Break, Build and Align campaign have been included. We would like to thank the Scottish Government and a range of MSPs who have helped ensure the voices of veterans and members of our Armed Forces community have been heard, and that their specific needs have been recognised within the final strategy.”
A National Implementation Board is now to be established by the Scottish Government and Poppyscotland has expressed their interest in being involved and supporting the implementation of the strategy.
A link to the document is available here
New CEO Appointed at Royal British Legion Scotland
After almost eight years with Legion Scotland Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gray MM has moved on to a new post as CEO of Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association. The National Board of Trustees have now appointed Dr Claire Armstrong as the new Chief Executive with effect from 3rd December 2018.
Claire has been with Legion Scotland for the last 5 years and is well known to many throughout the organisation as the Head of Administration & Membership.
Claire was born & educated in Northern Ireland and on leaving school in 1993 moved to Scotland to study Psychology at The University of St Andrews. On completion of her degree she continued with academia to start a Ph.D in Psychology at The University of St Andrews which she completed at Nottingham Trent University. After 7 years of study she followed a new direction in the Financial Services industry and was both a self-employed consultant and then Operations Manager for Oliver Asset Management.
In early 2014 Claire joined the staff at Legion Scotland as Office Manager and was soon appointed to Head of Administration & Membership, a role she continued to develop until her appointment as CEO earlier this month.
She has been instrumental in her time at Legion Scotland in detailed planning and improvement of procedures and membership support as well as engaging with other organisations and key stakeholders. Claire noted “with my strong family ties to the military and many friends also having served or currently serving, it is a privilege to put my skills to good use in an organisation that truly makes a difference in the lives of veterans and their dependants in Scotland. I am delighted to take on the new role and to continue the excellent work my predecessor Kevin Gray.
Don’t be late! Submit your annual information to OSCR
Every charity registered in Scotland has to provide annual information by sending us a statement of accounts, a trustees’ annual report and an external scrutiny report. In addition to these legal requirements, we also ask charities to complete an online annual return. The deadline for a charity to send us this information is 9 months after its financial ‘year end’ date. For example, if your charity has a financial year end date of 31 March 2018 you need to submit the required documents to the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) by 31 December 2018. We use the information to update each charity’s entry on the Scottish Charity Register. A charity’s register entry will highlight when they have failed to provide us with the information on time. Anyone, such as funders or members of the public, will be able to see that the annual information has not been submitted. The closer you leave it to the 9 month deadline date the more likely you are to be late! Not submitting in time is risky for the charity’s reputation, and we will consider action against the charity trustees if annual information is not submitted. Remember, it is the collective responsibility of every charity trustee to make sure that we get these documents. Find out how to submit your annual information here.
Debate: A Strategy for our Veterans – taking it forward in Scotland
Yesterday the Scottish Parliament held a debate on the Strategy for our Veterans, and for those who were unable to view the live debate a link to the Scottish Parliament video archive for this debate is available below.
This was a very positive and well supported debate and we welcomed the cross party support that was given to it.