Coffee, Cake and Combat Stress

We are coming to your area!

We are holding a series of ‘Coffee, Cake and Combat Stress’ events to raise awareness of our work and to talk about how supporters like you help make a difference.

This is a fundraising awareness event where you can hear from a veteran helped by us, a member of our clinical team and a member of our fundraising team who also specialises in legacy giving.

Please come and join us for a hot drink, a slice of cake and to find out more about what we do and how you can help.

Gallopers BT15 3HE on 23 October from 6pm to 8pm

Belfast War Memorial Museum BT1 2L on 24 October from 12noon to 2pm

Ready to find out more?  Planning to come? Please let me know on 01372 587 144 or email me.  There’s more information at www.combatstress.org.uk/coffeecake

 

Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre Conference 2020: Transition of Service People and Families

Date: 26 March to 27 March 2020 

Time: 8am to 5pm

Tickets: £50

The second Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre (FiMT RC) Conference, sponsored by Lord Ashcroft, will focus on “Transition of Service People and Families”. Speakers will include a range of experts bringing together policy, research and the ‘lived experience’ to provide unique and rounded perspectives on significant issues of interest. We look forward to welcoming you to this special opportunity to network with others from different sectors working in the field, including academia, the charity sector, military and government.

Location and directions

The conference is taking place in the Hoare Memorial Hall at Church House, Westminster.

The Hoare Memorial Hall is on the first floor of Church House and will be signposted from the ground floor reception. Lifts are available. For disabled access to Church House, please use the entrance on Great Smith Street. Read More

WAR MEMORIALS CELEBRATE BEING NAMED ‘BEST KEPT IN SCOTLAND’

The competition was fierce after almost 100 war memorials throughout the country battled it out across several categories in Legion Scotland’s annual ‘Best Kept War Memorial’ event. And today, during a special ceremony at Edinburgh Council City Chambers, seven proud winners received their prizes.

 

The competition, which this year received 99 entries, serves to foster public awareness of war memorials, and to encourage a high standard of continuing maintenance by local authorities. Legion Scotland aims to promote this through its Areas and Branches by working closer with local people to encourage memorial garden maintenance.

 

This year, Carnoustie was named the winner of the ‘Champion of Champions’ category. The other winners included: HMP Glenochil in the ‘Satellite Memorial Without Gardens’ category; Forres in the ‘Large Community with Gardens’ category; Carmyllie of Greystone in the ‘Satellite Memorial with Gardens’ category; Lossiemouth in the ‘Memorial without Gardens’ category; Ballater in the ‘Small Community with Gardens’ category; and Dingwall in the ‘New Entry’ category.

 

Legion Scotland Chief Executive Dr Claire Armstrong said: “We congratulate all of today’s winners as well as all of the other war memorials that entered this year’s competition. The standard we have seen in 2019 has been nothing short of outstanding. The continued interest in the Best Kept War Memorial competition and the countless hours dedicated to their upkeep underlines that remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country remains as important and relevant as ever.

 

“The competition creates a huge number of benefits for local communities, including team spirit, camaraderie and addressing social isolation – an issue which can be especially prevalent among veterans. It also raises awareness among the younger generation of the sacrifices made by their local forebears and the continued relevance of remembrance today.”

 

Veterans Minister Graeme Dey said: “War memorials are places of remembrance; a lasting tribute to our fallen Servicemen and Servicewomen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedoms. Indeed, every war memorial in Scotland stands as a constant reminder of how much we all owe our veterans and their families, past and present.

 

“It is fitting that Carnoustie has been recognised in the Best Kept War Memorial competition this year. Living in the town as I do, I know the pride that the community takes in the history of service associated with the area. And the winning of these categories is entirely deserved for a memorial that is a great credit to everyone involved in its maintenance.”

 

UK military families struggle to access specialist domestic abuse support

Report finds more communication is needed between Domestic Violence and Abuse support sector and the Armed Forces

A report released today by the University of Bristol finds less than 10% of Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) services identify themselves as providing specialist support to military families. The report titled “Domestic Violence and Abuse in Military Families: Improving Signposting to Specialist Support” was funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and finds a lack of communication between the civilian and military sectors is hampering efforts to support victims and perpetrators of DVA within military families.

The report recommends civilian DVA services and military welfare services continue efforts to work more closely together to increase awareness and understanding of the support available, and to recognise the complexities victims from UK military families face when seeking help. It finds many DVA services are unclear about the specific issues impacting military families experiencing DVA and why specialist support is needed.

Research findings show Armed Forces families see military based support as problematic, lacking in confidentiality and some still view seeking help as a sign of weakness.  The perceived negative impact on their partner’s career and losing entitlement to Service Family Accommodation were also reported as barriers to help-seeking.

The University of Bristol’s report highlights the need for national level communication to create a joined-up support network which strengthens and better coordinates the services available and provides training for practitioners on the unique challenges faced by military families.

To help facilitate collaboration, a National Conference will be held in Birmingham in March 2020 which will bring together stakeholders from across the military and civilian sectors. Conference partners include Forces in Mind Trust, The Royal British Legion, the MOD, University of Bristol, Birmingham City University, Women’s Aid England and Birmingham City Council.

Ray Lock, Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust, said:

“As a direct result of this FiMT funded research, 34 DVA services were identified as providing specialist services for UK Armed Forces families and are now included within the government funded support database, Routes to Support. This will ensure that victims of DVA are signposted to specific services that offer the support they need.

It’s clear from the findings that more work needs to be done to ensure victims of domestic violence and abuse in the Armed Forces community are encouraged to seek the help they need. It is incumbent on the Armed Forces welfare service to help allay the fears that victims have in using their services, and create a culture of help-seeking without stigma or fear of reprisal.”

Dr Emma Williamson, the project lead at University of Bristol, said:

“This is an important project because it leaves a legacy through Routes to Support to update information about which specialist DVA services can best support military families experiencing DVA.  It also reiterates previous research, and the recent MoD DV Working Group Strategy (2018), that better communication across sectors can make a real difference in improving practice for families.  The conference in March 2020 is a fantastic opportunity for us to make that a reality by bringing the two sectors together to encourage local and national collaboration.”

An MOD spokesperson said:

“Domestic violence is inexcusable and we expect the highest standards of behaviour from our personnel, whether they are on or off duty. Last year we launched a strategy to help prevent domestic abuse in all its forms, including taking action in many of the areas identified in this report. We also work closely with agencies such as local authorities and the police to ensure those affected have access to the support they need.

The strategy aims to reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic abuse and increase the safety and wellbeing of all those affected. It is focused on increasing awareness of through training, establishing a more robust evidence base, and a review of associated policies.”

Read the full report here

About the research:
The research consisted of a limited literature review and primary data collection. The literature review was guided by identifying what constitutes a specialist DVA provision for military families, identifying and consolidating what differentiates the military context, and defining what is meant by DVA services and interventions for military families. A multi-method approach was used to collect primary data. This included: one focus group with victim/survivors; four face-to-face interviews and eight telephone interviews with practitioners; an online survey for service providers; observation of DVA meetings, five site visits across three case study sites; and email correspondence to reach all the relevant stakeholders.

About the Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol:
The aim of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research is to conduct high quality research to inform policy, practice and action on gender-based violence. Its history of researching violence against women and gender-based violence, feeds into policy and practice nationally, internationally and locally.

About the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT):
FiMT came about from a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund (‘the Fund’), Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities) and other charities and organisations. FiMT continues the Fund’s long-standing legacy of support for veterans across the UK with an endowment of £35 million awarded in 2012. http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/.
The mission of FiMT is to enable ex-Service personnel and their families make a successful and sustainable transition to civilian life, and it delivers this mission by generating an evidence base that influences and underpins policy making and service delivery.
FiMT awards grants (for both responsive and commissioned work) to support its change model around 6 outcomes in the following areas: Housing; Employment; Health and wellbeing; Finance; Criminal Justice System; and Relationships. All work is published in open access and hosted on the Forces in Mind Trust Research Centre’s Veterans and Families Research Hub. A high standard of reportage is demanded of all grant holders so as to provide a credible evidence base from which better informed decisions can be made.

 

Positive Pathways Programme

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Positive Pathways programme is open – offering funding for one- or two-year Veteran activity projects – £35k per annum. For more information, watch the short video via the link here.

Projects must be activity based. This might be:

  • sports
  • arts/culture activities such as music or theatre
  • getting outside, for example gardening activities
  • heritage projects such as conservation or archaeology.

To be eligible for this grant you must be a charity or CIC with a proven record in providing successful activity based project to veterans, more detail on the application process and criteria can be found here: http://www.covenantfund.org.uk/positive-pathways-programme/.

In addition six military charities are able to offer applicants further advise if needed, their detail are listed here https://www.covenantfund.org.uk/strategic-partner-support/  All frequent ask questions will be answered and shared on http://www.covenantfund.org.uk/positive-pathways-programme/.

Cobseo is working with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust as a Strategic Partner to provide support and mentoring to organisations delivering activities and opportunities under the Positive Pathways Programme. To speak to Cobseo’s Positive Pathways Programme Coordinator – Rachel Price – email here or call 07900 615 346.

Poppyscotland’s much-love cycling event just days away

One of Scotland’s top cycling events, which has already raised almost more than £200,000 for Scotland’s leading Armed Forces charity, returns to East Lothian for a sixth time later this month. The Poppyscotland Sportive, which was launched in 2014 and has been voted one of the top three Sportives in Scotland by Sportive.com, gives riders a choice of three routes to suit a variety of levels of experience and fitness. A recent expansion of Poppyscotland’s services means the fundraising associated with the Sportive is even more vital this year.

The event, which runs on Sunday 29 September, and is sponsored by Fred Olsen Renewables, is open to everyone with riders able to pick routes at lengths of 45, 66 or 100 miles. All three choices take participants along the beautiful East Lothian coast and then back though its stunning hills and countryside, with the 100-mile circuit also taking riders over the challenging Lammermuir Hills and into the Scottish Borders. A team from Fred Olsen Renewables will also be taking part, along with veterans from Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory.

Returning this year is a timed hill climb just past North Berwick, allowing riders to take on a short sharp hill climb and battle it out to become the ‘King’ or ‘Queen of the Heugh’. The winning King and Queen will receive complimentary tickets for the incredible ‘Walking with Heroes’ concert, in Edinburgh, which features Scotland’ best-known military, The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Organiser Katriona Harding said:

“Poppyscotland Sportive has sold out each of the past five years and we are fast approaching that point for this year. With that in mind, we would urge anyone who is interested to register ASAP. It is one of the most important awareness-raising and fundraising events in our calendar and has grown steadily in popularity since it was first launched in 2014.

“Money raised from events like the Sportive has allowed Poppyscotland to launch our new Welfare Support Service, with a dedicated team across the country to help veterans on a local level, including East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. “Our ambition to reach even more veterans over the coming year is reliant on our ability to raise more money. While the Poppyscotland Sportive is great fun, the fundraising our amazing cyclists undertake makes a life-changing difference to the Armed Forces community to ensure that we are behind them. Always.”

Katriona added:

“We have had amazing support from both the cycling community, Police Scotland and East Lothian Council over the past few years, helping us grow this event and create a positive and enjoyable experience for all of our fantastic fundraisers.”

“Our main aim for the event is to keep pedestrians, residents, road users and cyclists safe. We will have experienced event marshals on the ground managing key route locations during the day, to ensure everyone is safe and that this event to raise funds for Scotland’s Armed Forces community is a huge success once again.

“Unlike other large annual events in East Lothian, the Poppyscotland Sportive does not require roads to be closed. Indeed, only a very small stretch of road in Gifford has been set aside for a feeding and watering station which is essential for the safety of our riders. There will be a barrier in place on this road, but will be moved to allow residents in and out.”

Best known for running the iconic Scottish Poppy Appeal, Poppyscotland reaches out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families at times of crisis and need by offering vital, practical advice, assistance and funding. The charity believes that no veteran should live without the prospect of employment, good health and a home, and we all have part to play in achieving this.

Jo Allen, Chair of Gifford Community Council, said:

“The annual Poppyscotland Sportive event has become a familiar sight in and around our village and other towns and villages throughout the county. We are always grateful to the organisers for the efforts they make to engage with the community and reduce negative impacts on the roads and village centre, which are much appreciated. We’d like to wish all the competitors well as they raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”

To take part in the 2019 Poppyscotland Sportive, or for more information, please contact Katriona Harding, Events Fundraising Manager at Poppyscotland, on 0131 557 2782, or at k.harding@poppyscotland.org.uk, or by visiting www.poppyscotland.org.uk/sportive. 

Notes to Editors

  • For any media enquiries or to arrange an interview, please contact David A. Findlay,
    PR Manager at Poppyscotland, on 079797 35611, or email at d.findlay@poppyscotland.org.uk.
  • A Sportive is an organised bike ride which follows a planned, sign-posted route, with feed-stops as well as mechanical and medical assistance available during the ride. The Poppyscotland Sportive is a charity fundraising event that starts and finishes at the Prestonpans Community Centre. Around 1,000 cyclists will ride their bikes through the stunning countryside of East Lothian and the Borders. The three Sportive routes take in several towns in East Lothian and the surrounding area, including Prestonpans, Tranent, North Berwick, East Linton, Duns, Gifford, Humbie and Cousland.
  • Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to the Armed Forces community. Money raised from the Scottish Poppy Appeal and Poppyscotland’s year-round fundraising enables them to deliver support to members of the Armed Forces community in Scotland by providing tailored funding and assistance. The charity also funds services in advice, employment, housing, mental health, mobility and respite. Please note that we are known as “Poppyscotland”, and not “PoppyScotland” or “Poppy Scotland”. For more information, please visit us at: www.poppyscotland.org.uk.

 

Armed forces veterans unveil their Creative Forces in Lochgelly Centre this month

 

Around 30 injured and sick veterans, service personnel and their families from across Scotland will have their work showcased at the Lochgelly Centre.

Organised by Help for Heroes, all the exhibitors are members of the charity’s peer support networks Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters.

The networks’ coordinator for Scotland Gerry McGregor put together the exhibition, which runs from August 31 to September 14.

Gerry, who lives in Auchtermuchty, said: “Those who have served our country and their families experience struggles that some of us will never understand.

“Recovery from physical or psychological injury takes time and there is no one size fits all approach.

“Some may benefit from a physical programme, such as sports recovery, while others find creativity eases the daily struggle of living with pain, depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder.”

Among the exhibitors is Julie Martin-Davy, 40, from Glenrothes, whose husband Mark was injured in 2009 on a training exercise while serving with the Royal Signals.

Mark suffered lower spinal damage which has resulted in him being in constant pain and needing to use a wheelchair, which has also impacted on his mental health.

Julie, who works part-time as a retail supervisor, is Mark’s carer when she isn’t working, and art is her only respite.

She studied graphic design at Fife College.

“I did dabble in art over the years but, once Mark was injured, I didn’t have time,” she said.

“However, the training I had at college has stayed with me and I still have an eye for things.

“When Mark is having a bad day, it drags me down too, but I have to stay positive and cheerful for him, which is exhausting.”

In 2017 the opportunity to design a Christmas card for Help for Heroes reignited Julie’s love of art and gave her confidence to use her talents again.

She was then selected to exhibit in a national Creative Force exhibition in London in 2018 and is pleased to be part of the first show north of the border.

 

Read more on this story here

 

Autumn Army&You is out now!

The autumn edition of Army&You is out now, in print and online: http://bit.ly/ayaut19

Here’s a flavour of what’s inside:

  • We’ve turned our focus to employment this autumn. Our main feature shares details of AFF’s new website Forces Families Jobs, which launches this September and will enable service families to apply for work with confidence knowing every employer on the site has signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
  • There’s handy advice for prepping for interviews, a run-down of rules for Foreign & Commonwealth families who want to work, and our start-up success feature showcases family members who’ve set up brilliant businesses to fit with army life.
  • Elsewhere we showcase the fantastic resources to support children through army life. We salute the inspirational ‘Cake Lady’ who supports injured troops with sweet treats, and we follow one couple’s fertility journey.
  • Around the globe, we look at life for forces families in Scotland, there’s a postcard from Australia, a fond farewell to life in BFG and a heart-warming story of service spouses helping Kenyan children.
  • Our regulars include some great giveaways, our ever-popular Book Club and families’ views on our BlogSpot pages.

 

Poppyscotland – Major Gifts, Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser

Glasgow or Edinburgh

Salary – £27,300 pro rata for 21 hours per week £16,380

Poppyscotland provides life-changing support to our Armed Forces community. We reach out to those who have served, those still serving, and their families. At times of crisis and need we offer them vital practical advice, assistance and funding.

Key Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for securing significant income through Major Gifts, Charitable Grants, Trusts, Foundations and Non-statutory Funding Bodies, to fund general and specific projects. Researching and identifying appropriate funders, whose criteria match our needs, preparing cases for support and submitting compelling written bids and complex grant applications as appropriate and building positive ongoing relationships to maximize the possibility of repeat grants. You will work with colleagues to identify priority work and develop a strong ‘Case for support’ along with timescales and detailed budgets. You will be responsible for ensuring grants are received, payment schedules are adhered to and timely reporting is actioned in order to keep funders informed of our work.

  • Research and identify sources of income from statutory sources, grant-making trusts, corporate trusts, individual trusts and other Major Gift prospects.
  • Prepare, write and submit compelling grant applications to charitable trusts and foundations and major gift prospects.
  • To research, develop and submit high quality funding applications to Trusts and Foundations in relation to the relevant projects.
  • To undertake appropriate presentations and activities in relation to our Trusts and Foundations applications.
  • Nurture good relationships with existing and prospective donors, and develop and deliver excellent stewardship programmes.
  • To liaise with all relevant internal and external bodies including The Royal British Legion, Legion Scotland and The Lady Haig Poppy Factory in the development and delivery of special projects.
  • Track and report back on income raised against clearly defined targets and deadlines.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Experience of a similar role or within a professional fundraising environment
  • Knowledge and experience of grants and foundations fundraising, and statutory applications.
  • Experience in marketing, sales or business development would be an advantage
  • Strong written and communication skills with the ability to create innovative and persuasive presentations and proposals to a range of audiences
  • Good research skills with the ability to spot an opportunity
  • Ability to develop and nurture good relationships with existing and prospective donors
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Excellent planning and project management skills
  • Good financial and budget management skills
  • Confident MS Office user including the ability to use spreadsheets and databases effectively

Further information and a full job description is available at http://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/about-us/current-vacancies/.  Please send your CV and covering letter, highlighting how you meet the key skills and experience, to recruitment@poppyscotland.org.uk by Wednesday 18 September 2019.

If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date you may conclude that you have not been short-listed for interview. As a charity we are unable to respond to all applications received due to the costs involved.

Interviews are likely to be 3 or 4 October 2019 in Edinburgh

Poppyscotland is a member of The Royal British Legion group of charities, and is a trading name of The Earl Haig Fund Scotland, Scottish Charity No SC014096.  A Company limited by guarantee, Registered in Scotland No 194803 at New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HR.  The Royal British Legion, Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA. Charity Registration No 219279.

 

Government kickstarts Office for Veterans’ Affairs with £5m funding

Office for Veterans’ Affairs will coordinate activity and existing funding to ensure ex-service people get access to medical treatment, training and housing.

Chancellor Sajid Javid will announce a £5 million funding boost on Wednesday as part of this week’s spending round, backing up the Government’s promise to tackle the challenges faced by our nation’s proud veterans.

The money will fund additional staff and resources, so that the newly-established Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) can drive cross-Whitehall action to support veterans’ welfare.

The OVA will join up support and coordinate existing funding – holding other parts of government to account for delivering the Armed Forces Covenant and action on mental and physical health, education, employment and veteran homelessness.

Charities, MPs and stakeholders made their concerns about the need for a coordinated approach to the post-service needs of Armed Forces personnel clear with their calls for top politicians to sign a Veterans’ Pledge.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has established the OVA to send a clear message that it will have real clout across Whitehall and beyond.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, will represent veterans issues at Cabinet, and lead the OVA alongside Veterans Minister and former soldier, Johnny Mercer. They will drive policy from the heart of government and coordinate Whitehall machinery to make sure ex-service personnel get life-long support.

Chancellor Sajid Javid said:

This Spending Round is focused on public services. And no-one has given more than the service men and women who lay their lives on the line for all of us. Supporting them when they leave service is not just our responsibility but also our duty, which is why we’ve made funding the launch of the Office of Veterans Affairs a top priority.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, said:

Now that we’ve secured this additional funding, we can use it to fight for them from the heart of government, and make sure this country never lets down those heroes who risked their lives to keep us all safe.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer said:

The Prime Minister has given us a great responsibility to make sure our veterans are supported in every aspect of their lives, including their healthcare, housing, and employment opportunities. We’re already hard at work bringing together the right people across government, and this new funding will be instrumental in making this vision a reality.

 

Royal Regiment of Acotland Association Newsletter

Regimental Association Newsletter Number 23. As this will be of interest to those members of the Regiment who are still serving, Veterans and their families, please feel free to distribute amongst your contacts.

 

15,000 Veterans helped thanks to Armed Forces Support Service

 

A support service launched by a group of charities has helped almost 15,000 members of the Armed Forces community despite being set up less than a decade ago.

The Armed Services Advice Project – or ‘ASAP’ for short – was launched in 2010 and is, in large part, funded by Poppyscotland. The charity works in partnership with the Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureau, which, through trained advisers, offers specialist guidance on a wide range of issues including benefits, debt, housing and employment. The service operates in 11 regions of the country – from Ayrshire to Aberdeen – and it is estimated that for every £1 of funding received, there is a client financial gain of £4.05.

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Newsletters

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 www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/ .

FiMT Reports

The UK Armed Forces Charity Sector: A Summary of Provision
Published: November 2018
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Veterans Work: Moving On
Published: November 2018
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