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2017: The year of the Virtual Careers Fair
The ‘Ex-Military in Management Virtual Careers Fair’, is the result of several months of collaboration between the OA and SaluteMyJob (SMJ) and it is scheduled to go live across 2 days on June 6th and 7th.
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Veterans Scotland April 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to the April 2017 Veterans Scotland Newsletter. Once again we have seen a wide range of activities across Scotland over the recent months.
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Kiltwalk to benefit vulnerable young people like Jade Scott
Tuesday 25th April 2017 – Thousands of people turned out for the kiltwalk in Glasgow this weekend with more charities from throughout Scotland set to benefit than ever before.
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Scottish Veterans Fund awards
Funding shared between 19 projects. In excess of £1 million has now been awarded to veterans and ex-services charities across Scotland.
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Legion Scotland Events Support
Legion Scotland (The Royal British Legion Scotland), the largest veterans’ membership charity in Scotland, is continuing its ambitious plan for strategic growth over the next 3-5 years. As part of our plans to improve our service to veterans and their families we have an exciting opportunity for someone to join our team. Reporting to the Head of Events you will support the delivery of Remembrance and Commemorative events. You will engage with Membership and other interested partners to provide support to the annual Legion Scotland events programme.
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Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Forces Community Course
A two day Mental Health First Aid for the Armed Forces Community Course which I shall be delivering at the Royal Naval Reserve centre
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The Covenant Fund – Families in Stress Grant Programme
The Covenant Fund is running the Families in Stress Grant Programme again for the second year. They are holding an Open Session for any organisation that might be interested in applying on WEDNESDAY 05 April from 11.00 to 13.00.
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Scottish Veterans Commissioner Reports
Recently the Scottish Veterans Commissioner published his third report which covered the Veterans Community - Employment, Skills and Learning.
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Life Transitions:
What can be learnt across sectors to better support individuals when they undergo a life transition?
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Scottish Apprentice week
You may be aware of the upcoming Scottish Apprentice week. DYW Inverness & Central Highland in collaboration with our core partners, Skills Development Scotland, Inverness Royal Academy & The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) are delivering an event that reflects the Modern Apprenticeship family. This will be an opportunity to learn about the benefits of work based learning and the different types of frameworks available.
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FORCES MEDIA ACADEMY Service Leavers and Veterans Offered Free Media Course
The Forces Media Academy has launched a unique media course for service leavers and veterans which will be taught in a live media environment. Students on the free one-year Higher National Certificate (HNC) Media Production Course also receive a bursary of £18k to help with living costs.
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Forces Welfare Media Team
The Forces Welfare Media Team has been working with a number of Cobseo and Veterans Scotland members in the past couple of weeks
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Applying to the Covenant Fund
Thank you for your interest in the Covenant Fund. The funding priorities for April 2017 to March 2018 are as listed in the full article.
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New Years Honours
A number of individuals have been recognised in the New Years Honours for their work in the veterans sector.
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Free CV & LinkedIn webinar for military spouses – 11th January
On the 11th of January from 20:00 – 21:00 Recruit for Spouses is running a free CV & LinkedIn webinar that has been created specifically for military spouses. You will learn how to write a high impact, interview winning CV that addresses and overcomes the employment challenges faced by military spouses.
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They called it Passchendaele: Government unveils plans to mark centenary of The Third Battle of Ypres
4,000 tickets available to attend centenary commemorations.Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres will be invited to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, the Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced today.
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Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report published
The fifth Armed Forces Covenant annual report has been presented to parliament today, showing good progress on providing support for the Armed Forces Community.
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Veterans' Transition Review.
November 2016: Second annual follow-up report. The follow-up report covers areas including career transition, information provision, public perceptions, health, charities, and work by the devolved governments.
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MOD choose The Royal British Legion to lead help for veterans
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced that the Covenant Fund will work with Royal British Legion (RBL) and other charities to set up a one-stop service to better support the UK’s Armed Forces veterans community.
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Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme
The Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) programme is a partnership between Scottish Government and SCVO to create job opportunities for vulnerable unemployed young people with third sector organisations across Scotland.
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Largest Gathering in Support of Armed Forces Covenant in Scotland
Monday, 10 October, Glasgow City played host to the largest Gathering in support of our Armed Forces and Military Veterans Community, including their families, in the UK to date. Veterans Scotland, the organisation behind the orchestration of this event paid tribute to the generosity of the City of Glasgow in providing the City Chambers as the event venue, and how the close partnership forged between the City of Glasgow, Veterans Scotland, The Scottish Government, representatives of all 3 Armed Services in Scotland and the Scottish Veterans Commissioner has led to the success of this ground-breaking event.
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RAF Families Federation – Weekly Newsletter
The link below has the recent RAF Families Federation newsletter which has a number of very interesting articles.
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Military athletes win four Paralympic medals
Help for Heroes is proud to work with the British Paralympic Association, UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport and National Governing Bodies to help our Wounded, Injured and Sick Veterans reach the pinnacle of elite sport, culminating in four Paralympic medals in Rio.
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The Armed Forces Covenant where you are: improving the delivery of local Covenant pledges
A new report entitled ‘Our Community – Our Covenant’, which was jointly commissioned by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and Local Government Association (LGA) to identify ways to improve the local delivery of the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant, has found that 38% of Armed Forces Community members felt disadvantaged as a result of their service.
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Don’t Forget Your Preserved Or Deferred Pension!
Given that every year many thousands of pounds in pensions go unclaimed, it is important that the information that follows is widely understood. If, once you have read this article, you think you know someone who has a preserved pension waiting to be claimed, pass this magazine on but do remember to keep a record of how and when to claim yours!
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Armed Forces Day 2017
The ninth annual Armed Forces Day, honouring the work and dedication of our brave Servicemen and women, will be held in Liverpool.
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Winning entries announced for 2017 Charity calendar
The recent Soldiers’ Charity photography competition has found a series of inspirational images offering a unique and stirring insight into Army life. The winning entries, judged by veteran correspondents Kate Aide and Michael Buerke along with Chief of the General Staff General Sir Nick Carter will be featured on the 2017 ABF The Soldiers’ Charity
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Forces in Mind Trust awards funding for unique research into remote access tele-therapy for UK Veterans suffering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Telephone and ‘video-telephone’ services such as Skype could be used to improve access to therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for UK veterans, and increase the numbers of individuals who are able to get support. Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has awarded £78,546 to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, to explore whether remote access tele-therapy could improve accessibility to such therapy and to assess the impact of the treatment. The 15-month study will be conducted by Dr Dominic Murphy, Senior Clinical Lecturer at Combat Stress.
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Positive Futures
The Positive Futures is a programme run by Venture Trust charity and funded by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT). It provides support to ex-Service men and women from across Scotland who are struggling with the transition to civilian life, lacking in focus, motivation or direction.
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Regimental Association - Bulletin No13
Rothiemurchus Lodge is a year-round, affordable, self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Cairngorm Mountains. It is for the exclusive use of regulars and ex-regulars of the Armed Forces in addition to Reserves, MoD Civilians and Cadet Forces. Families of the above are also welcome.
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Jutland 100 commemorations – South Queensferry – 28th May 2016
If you want to witness part of the commemorations for The Battle of Jutland, get yourself to South Queensferry on Saturday 28th May 2016. Events - Hawes area.
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Covenant Fund Ensures Return of Scottish Schools Hit Performance
The RCET has been awarded nearly £20k from the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund to fund a return tour of the hugely successful ‘Forces Kids Live’ theatre performance.
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Charity seeks to combat Veterans’ isolation and loneliness
Over 2,000 veterans in Scotland contacted Legion Scotland last year looking for a befriender to help them combat loneliness and isolation.
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New Armed Forces Covenant Website
We are happy to announce that the new Armed Forces Covenant website has now been launched.
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Veterans World
Veterans World promotes awareness of help, advice and support available to the veterans community.
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Supporting the Armed Forces community
Renewed commitment to support the Forces, veterans and families. Scotland’s Armed Forces and veterans community is to receive more support than ever before, Veterans Minister Keith Brown said today.
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Ex-forces engineers delivering Digital Scotland.
Ex-Armed Forces personnel who are now serving their country by helping to build Scotland’s high-speed digital network were today saluted by Veterans Minister Keith Brown. He met engineers delivering part of the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme after leaving the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course
A two day Mental Health First Aid course is being run on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March 2016. The course will be run at 7 Scots Battalion HQ in Perth. Further details are available in the poster below:
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A new look for the Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility and the Government is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the Armed Forces community by working with a range of delivery partners including businesses, local authorities, charities and the public.
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The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service awarded Sovereign’s Medal of Merit
Congratulations to the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) which has been awarded the Sovereign’s Medal of Merit. This award is awarded to DMWS for the significant contribution that it has made to the provision of humanitarian support over the last 72 years.
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Life on board HM Ships at Christmas: 1915 vs. 2015
From hammocks to bunk beds, letters to e-mails, one Royal Navy sailor compares Christmas at sea 100 years apart
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More flexible compensation for veterans with cancer caused by asbestos
Veterans with mesothelioma can now receive lump sums of £140,000, as the MOD makes its compensation arrangements fairer.
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HRH The Duke of Kent opens new seaside apartments for RAF families
HRH The Duke of Kent officially opens the seaside apartments watched by Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund Air Marshal Chris Nickols and Princess Marina House General Manager Shirley Steeples.
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X-Forces – Scottish Veterans Mean Business
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister visits X-Forces to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week. A new brand of vodka, a gift shop for cat and dog lovers and a mead brewery are among businesses set up by Armed Forces veterans in Scotland being showcased during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Deputy First Minister John Swinney met and heard the stories of ex-service personnel who have set up in business since re-entering civilian life.
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The Forces In Mind Trust Awards Its Largest Grant To Date
The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), established to help ex-Service men and women make a successful transition back to civilian life, has awarded a grant of £689,453 to Venture Trust – the largest award by FiMT to-date – to fund its Positive Futures project...
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Scottish Veterans Commissioner
I am delighted to share with you my second report on the Provision of Information on Housing for Service Leavers and Veterans in Scotland.
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Scottish War Blinded Centenary Programme
Scottish War Blinded has announced an exciting programme of events to celebrate its century of expanding horizons of visually impaired veterans in Scotland. Scottish War Blinded was established in 1915 to provide rehabilitation and vocational skills training to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One. Today, Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans across Scotland, no matter when or how loss has occurred.
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Glenton Holiday new charity partnership with Legion Scotland.
Legion Scotland now has a new charity partnership with Glenton Holidays who specialise in coach, cruise and air package holiday’s for the over 50’s.
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Families of veterans to claim deserved medals.
Veteran’s Secretary Keith Brown is appealing to the families of World War Two veterans to claim medals honouring their family members.
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Improving support for veterans in Scotland
Veterans significant asset to employers and communities A new report about the experiences of people leaving the military and making the switch into civilian life in Scotland is published today. Veterans Secretary Keith Brown has highlighted “the skills and strengths that veterans gain from their experiences in the armed forces makes them a real asset when returning to civilian life”.
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Scottish Veterans Commissioner - Transition in Scotland Report
My Transition in Scotland report looks at the support provided to Service Leavers and their families in Scotland as they transition from the military to a civilian life. It describes how this process is different for those settling in the rest of the UK, highlights examples of good practice and makes a number of recommendations that should help ensure transition is as easy and successful as possible for all.
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RAF Veterans Aided By New Advocacy Service
The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new advice and advocacy service to help veterans navigate the maze of welfare benefits and NHS and local council services
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Minister for the Reserves gifts WW2 records to Polish Government
In a symbolic hand over, the Ministry of Defence has gifted World War Two records relating to Free Polish personnel to the Polish Government
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New housing for veterans in Inverness
Veterans Secretary Keith Brown has paid tribute to Scotland’s veterans during a visit to a housing development in Inverness. The 24 house scheme on Balloan Road is nearing completion and has five homes set aside for the Scottish Veterans Garden City Association (SVGCA).
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Lifestyle Management course for Veterans.
If you are working with veterans of UK Armed Forces and know anyone who might benefit from a referral, or you would like to find out more about the course, just give us a call here at Poppyscotland on 01463 710300.
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Scottish Veterans Commissioner Strategy and Work Plan 2015
This document describes the role and remit of the Scottish Veterans Commissioner and sets out his strategy, outcomes and functions, as well as the work priorities through which those outcomes will be delivered.
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Legion Scotland Enlist Go Karts to Combat Loneliness
It is great to see Legion Scotland conducting activities that engage with our younger veteran community to combat these loneliness issues. Also good to see Forces TV covering this story.
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Supported Accommodation For Veterans
After many months of full occupancy, accommodation for veterans is now available at Whitefoord House in Edinburgh and Rosendael in Dundee.
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New research reveals needs of UK's ex-Service community
The Royal British Legion today released findings from the most comprehensive survey into the needs of the ex-Service community that has been undertaken in ten years. As it released the results the charity urged the British public not to forget the ongoing needs of veterans and their families after the Remembrance period.
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Veterans First Booklet
A guide for people leaving the Armed Forces in Perth and Kinross. This has been produced in partnership between Perth & Kinross Council and the local SSAFA branch. It looks to deliver information about what is available to support our Armed Forces veterans in Perth & Kinross.
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Armed forces veterans have much to offer in community
Returning to civilian life is not always easy, says Mark Bibbey ‘As well as doing a superb job of protecting our freedom around the world, the Armed Forces are perhaps the biggest and best training and apprenticeship scheme we have and a remarkable engine of social mobility.” (Lord Ashcroft, presenting his Veterans’ Transition Review, February 2014).
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Minister salutes work of veterans Scotland and the armed forces and veterans champions
At the Annual General Meeting of Veterans Scotland held at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh today the Veteran's Minister, Keith Brown, paid tribute to the work done by Veterans Scotland and the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions who are working to support military personnel and their families serving in Scotland along with the 400,000 veterans who also live here.
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Defence Discounts offer Help in Hard Times
The MOD has launched the Defence Discount Service website, as part of the Armed Forces Covenant in recognition of service in the Armed Forces.
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