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Veterans share their experiences of military-related trauma to raise awareness of the charity that helped them

A group of veterans have shared their experiences of living with military-related trauma in a new short film for Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

The film, which features a round table discussion of four former servicemen, aims to raise awareness of military mental health and the impact that treatment and support from Combat Stress has had on the lives of the veterans.

One of those men is Colin, who joined the Army when he was 18 years old and spent his 18 years of service in Northern Ireland.

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Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s charity contributes to a new book to commemorate the heroism and kindness shown to Scottish troops in London during the Great War

Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity, the Royal Caledonian Education Trust, is among ten organisations with long standing links with London, who have contributed to a new book, with a foreword from HRH The Princess Royal, to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

The book titled Scots in Great War London, a Community at Home and on the Frontline 1914-1919 highlights the efforts of these organisations during the First World War and will be published in late June. HRH The Princess Royal is the Patron of the Scots In Great War London Group.

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Scottish Veterans Residences – Chief Executive (Edinburgh)


Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) is a Registered Scottish Charity established in 1910 and is Scotland’s oldest military charity. SVR supports ex-service men and women of all ages in residences in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. SVR’s operational arm is Scottish Veterans Housing Association which provides supported accommodation for homeless Veterans who have fallen on difficult times and also provides a small number of rented properties occupied by Veterans and their families.

To help SVR build on the first class support they provide, we are looking to appoint a Chief Executive to lead, develop, deliver and sustain the Charity’s work throughout Scotland and the UK.  Reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Committee of Management, you will be responsible for the safe, effective and person-centred delivery of support and comfort, for homeless Veterans within bespoke accommodation and ensuring that SVR’s tenants are provided with high quality, affordable rented accommodation.

The role holder will be accountable for developing effective working relationships with the Scottish Government, City and Local Councils, the Third Sector, the Armed Forces and other bodies and individuals on behalf of Veterans. A key accountability of the post is the responsibility of effective operations within the governance regime of Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Housing Regulator and other statutory bodies.

The ideal candidate will have a background of Military service, this coupled with experience within Health and Social Care would be highly advantageous. Having involvement within the Defence Medical Services would also be sought after for this particular individual.

The essential requirements that are required to undertake this role are:

  • Military service or a detailed understanding of Military life.
  • An absolute focus upon delivering for the Veterans that the charity supports.
  • Leaderships skills based upon empathy and understanding.
  • Proven experience and skills in working with and supporting people.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Independence of thought, strong analytical and planning skills; allied with reasoned thinking and the determination to deliver.
  • Full UK driving license.
  • The successful completion of a Full PVG clearance with Disclosure Scotland.

The desirable criteria for this role are:

  • Experience or knowledge of working within the Health and Social Care environment.
  • Experience or knowledge of working within the Social Housing Sector.
  • Service within the Defence Medical Services.

For further information and to have a confidential discussion contact Nigel Fortnum or Debbie Shields at Aspen People on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please visit to upload your CV and covering letter.

Closing date for applications is Monday 11th June 2018.


Poppyscotland – Welfare Services Coordinator (Inverness)

Salary – £11,500 (17.5 hours per week)

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.  An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Welfare Support Officer to help progress the work of the Welfare Centre in Inverness.

Your role will be to provide information, advice and support to beneficiaries and other visitors to the Inverness centre as appropriate. Undertake eligibility assessments and devise work plans with clients.  You will make managed referrals to specialist organisations and partners as required and where appropriate, signpost and guide clients to alternative sources of help and support.  You will also promote awareness of the work of Poppyscotland to reach beneficiaries in the local communities.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Experience of delivering a person-centred service
  • Clear confident communicator both orally and written.
  • Ability to build and develop positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, planning and coordination skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • A knowledge of the military is essential
  • Effective reporting and presenting skills (written and oral) for a range of audiences
  • IT literacy including proficient use of MS Office functions and databases

Further information and a full job description is available at  Please send your CV and covering letter, highlighting how you meet the key skills and experience, to by Tuesday 29 May 2018. 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 on Friday 15th June 2018.

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 SC 014096.  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.


ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – Executive Assistant (Scotland)


Contract type: Initial Two-Year Fixed Term Contract
Application Closure Date: 24 May 2018
Salary: Competitive
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is recruiting an exciting new role namely, Executive Assistant, Scotland.  The Executive Assistant will be responsible for the day-to-day running of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s regional office in Edinburgh, providing dedicated administrative, accounting, fundraising support and database management to the Regional Director (RD).

For more information on the wider role for this post please open the below job description.  If you feel you have the relevant experience and skill set for this role please send your current CV and strong supporting statement to Tina Reading, HR Manager –

For an informal chat please contact Charles Dunphie, Regional Director Scotland, or 0131 310 5132

Closing date: 24 May 2018
Interview date: 31 May 2018

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Keith Brown MSP visited Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, in Edinburgh, earlier today to help launch a stunning new commemorative poppy, which will be distributed and worn during the 2018 Scottish Poppy Appeal.

As part of the leading Armed Forces charity’s programme of activity to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Poppyscotland has commissioned a Centenary Poppy, which has the text “1918-2018” embossed in gold across the traditional and iconic red paper poppy. It will be the first change to the poppy in decades.

Mr Brown, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work and Minister for Veterans, met staff at the Poppy Factory and posed for pictures with the striking new poppy. The team of 41 veterans employed at the historic factory hand-make more than five million poppies each year, and, this year, 2.3 million of them will be Centenary Poppies.


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Volunteers needed to make Aberdeen Poppy Day a day to remember

It was a fun event that captured the imagination of the city in 2017, but organisers of this year’s Aberdeen Poppy Day are already hard at work behind the scenes to make it even bigger and better this time around. And to boost this worthwhile event further, they are sending out a plea in the hope of recruiting more volunteers.

Matt Fyfe, who is the Poppyscotland Area Organiser for Aberdeen, said: “We have a great team of volunteers here in Aberdeen, but we need a few more willing individuals or groups to come forward to lend a hand on the day.

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New Grant Award: A systematic review and evidence map of research on the mental health needs of serving and ex-serving personnel

Forces in Mind Trust has awarded the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) £95,877 to conduct a systematic review of evidence of the mental health needs of serving and ex-Service personnel and their families since 2012.

The 9-month project will cover all three services, in the context of their transition to civilian life, and will include the perspectives of key stakeholders. Areas where the evidence is strong and where there are gaps in evidence will be recorded, and where evidence allows, recommendations will be made for the attention of policy makers and service providers, along with future areas on which to focus research.

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Informing Scotland - Angus & Tayside 

On Friday the 27th April 2018, the latest Veterans Scotland - Informing Scotland Gathering took place in the Webster Theatre, Arbroath.

Informing Scotland has been funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), a £35 million funding scheme run by the FiMT using an endowment awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.

The event in Arbroath offered an opportunity to bring together the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions from the Local Authority, DWP, NHS, Skills Development Scotland as well as Veterans organisations from across Angus and Tayside.

Before the event, Cllr Ronie Proctor MBE, Provost for Angus Council, reconfirmed the councils commitment to the Armed Forces Community by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant with the General Officer Scotland, Maj Ren Bob Bruce CBE DSO.


The event saw presentations and follow-up discussions on the topics of:

  • The Armed Forces in Scotland - Maj Gen Bob Bruce CBE DSO
  • Meeting the needs of the Armed Forces Covenant - Jim Wilson, Veterans Scotland;
  • Housing - John Morrow, Service Lead (Housing) Angus Council;
  • Employment & Education, Shaun Cauvin, Veterans Scotland & Alistair Ferrier, Armed Forces Champion, SDS;
  • Health and Wellbeing;

John Morrow, Service Lead (Housing) Angus Council, outlined the Local Authorities approach to the important issue of Housing and informed everyone that by moving information online, they are able to re allocate valuable resources to provide more 1 to 1 support through their Access Centres.  This is a great example of a Local Authority providing a better level of Service, not only to the Armed Forces Community, but the Community as a whole.

In his closing remarks, Cllr Proctor reminded everyone that, whilst the day had been a huge success, the important thing was to build on the connections made and continue to work together to improve all services across Angus for the whole Armed Forces Community, Serving, Families and Veterans.

Veterans Scotland are already working to organise similar events in Aberdeen, Highland, Argyll and Bute and the Western Islands in 2018.  POC is Shaun Cauvin, Support Officer at Veterans Scotland.


Hollybush House Summer Fete 

Hollybush House, our Treatment Centre in Ayrshire, Scotland, will be hosting its annual fundraising summer fete on Saturday 2nd June from 12-3pm. Last year, it raised nearly £9,000 helping us to continue to support veterans from every service and every conflict. Internationally renowned Scottish artist and creator of the McCoo, Steven Brown, will be opening the event and be present throughout the day. The event is also strongly supported by the Hillbillies MCC who provide a 150+ strong ride out from Ayr – their arrival around 1pm is not to be missed! Live music and lots of entertainment will be provided, along with our barbecue, raffle, tombola and cream teas for all visitors. Come along to find out more about the important work we do in your local community.


Further information about this event and the services that Combat Stress deliver is available on their website Link Here


Veterans Scotland Newsletter

Read the latest issue of the VS Newsletter here

Past issues are also available here


Cobseo Newsletter

A link to the recent Cobseo Newsletter is available here.

Cobseo’s statement in response to Lord Ashcroft stepping down from the Veterans’ Transition role


Army&You – Summer Edition

The perfect work-life balance may seem impossible to achieve in Army life but times are changing. In this edition’s main feature, we hear about the Army’s plans for Flexible Service and meet the families who are fitting work around unpredictable schedules and long spells of separation.

Heading overseas, we hear from the Army families who have continued their education and training, maintained their professional registration and even diversified from their original careers.

We shine the spotlight on Cyprus, London and Kinloss and there’s an inspirational story from Everest Base Camp.

The younger generation contribute lots to Army life too. We hear from performers in Paderborn, Little Troopers and our book club reviewers.

Don’t forget, you have to be in it to win it! Enter our reader giveaways and you could be heading off on a narrowboat holiday this summer.

Follow this link for the online version.