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This booklet includes details of the Armed Forces and Veterans Champions who have been established across Scotland to ensure that those who are serving and have served are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. It also brings together a wide range of help available to both the Armed Forces Community and those supporting them, the majority of which is available via the Internet. It lists some but not all of the organisations that provide support and advice to the Armed Forces Community. Additional information is available from the Veterans-Assist website.
This guide has been produced to provide information on a range of topics to consider as you plan for your transition to civilian life in Scotland. It aims to give useful information on the sort of help you available and importantly who can provide it.
The guide was developed as a collaborative effort between Veterans Scotland, Skills Development Scotland and Army HQ Scotland. Its aim is to provide information to those currently serving in the Armed Forces, Service Leavers and their families who are thinking of settling in Scotland. The Scottish Government aims to make Scotland the destination of choice for service leavers and their families and a great quality of life is certainly here for the taking.
The Scottish Borders Council have recently re-issued their guide "Civilian Life in the Scottish Borders" which aims to support veterans and thier families who already live within the Scottish Borders or are looking to settle within the area. It looks to give information and advice on a number of areas which may be of interest to the veterans community. The link below will take you to a PDF verion of the document, however copies are avaiolable from the Borders Council on request.
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. If you wish to view the booklet please click on the link below:
Armed Forces and Veterans Guides (Edinburgh & Lothians)
Several guides are available to assist across a range of subjects that those leving the service may wish to engage with. Copies of the guides are available on the local authority websites as well as links below:
Shown below are links to external websites:
In July 2018, the Cobseo Executive Committee issued a Governance Practices Aide Memoire and supporting Information Note. These documents are designed to cover the governance topics found in the non-statutory Charity Governance Code in England & Wales and similar codes in the other home nations.
Following the release of these documents, a self-reporting tool has been produced for Members to self-assess the consistency of their governance practices with the Aide Memoire.
The tool was developed by a Working Group of large and small Members, and is designed to be easy and quick to use. After conducting a pilot exercise with 15% of the Membership in late 2018, the Cobseo Executive Committee approved its use by all Full and Regimental Members once every two years of continuing Membership, starting in 2019.
The self-reporting tool assists Members to demonstrate that they are achieving a good level of governance or show where they can improve their governance measures to achieve a good level of governance.
Please note, this is a living document that will be amended if or when the law or guidance changes. Any changes will be highlighted and explained in the Cobseo Weekly News.
Members are invited to discuss their self-evaluation with Cobseo to identify the support and assistance available. To do so, please complete the self-reporting tool and then forward the Excel file to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Member Self-Reporting Tool *Organisation Name*’.
The 2019 target date for current Full and Regimental Members to complete the tool on behalf of their organisations is Friday 28 June 2019. The tool can be downloaded using the link below:
There is also a short how-to guide available for any Members requiring additional help – click here for the guide.
Moray and Highland Councils have launched a website to support members of the Armed Forces community in Moray and Highland, which was briefly mentioned at the Veterans Gathering in November 2018.
A joint project, supported with an award from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, the website features information on local services and assistance available to the Armed Forces community including schools and learning, employment and training, financial advice, health and wellbeing, housing and moving to north of Scotland.
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A number of veterans are unaware of the various benefits and other support that they may be eligable for and as such the link below will offer advice and guidance.
The housing system is complex for anyone facing housing difficulties. It can be particularly difficult for ex-Service personnel to navigate because Armed Forces accommodation is completely separate from the civilian system. Finding a path through the housing maze can be additionally complicated by the number of organisations involved, including local authorities, housing associations, advice organisations and a plethora of Armed Forces charities. Collaboration between these organisations is therefore key to meeting the housing needs of ex-Service personnel. This study, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust, examines how organisations work together to support ex-Service personnel with housing problems,
with a particular focus on the process of transition as people leave the Armed Forces.
To understand how organisations are attempting to collaborate in different contexts, we did five
area-based case studies across England, Scotland and Wales 1. In each area we interviewed key staff from all of the organisations involved in meeting the housing needs of ex-Service personnel (70 interviews in total), as well as a number of individuals who had left the Armed Forces within the last ten years
(20 interviews in total). Throughout the interviews, we explored what is working well to help ex-Service personnel find their way smoothly through the system and get into sustainable housing, and where things still need to improve. We also examined policy documents and, where possible, we reviewed
the local data on numbers of ex-Service personnel passing through the housing support system.
Aim of the report
‘Transition’ is the term most commonly used to describe the period of change around reintegration into civilian life from the Armed Forces. The timeframe is fluid, so this and the language of ‘resettlement’ can lead to confusion over expectations of where, when and how it happens and exactly where the responsibilities lie. I consider transition as a journey, not a single process or a point in time.
This report focuses specifically on the areas of employment, skills and learning. It makes suggestions and broad outcomes-based recommendations to the Scottish Government and others, for improvements aimed at getting transition right to benefit the individual and their family as they transition and become veterans, living and working in Scotland.
A range of information and support is available on the OSCR website for charities. Further information is available here
Please note, the above Aide Memoires and Tools are reviewed and updated periodically by the Cobseo Governance Support Team.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes now and in future years.
This booklet has been designed to help you with what you need to know about your move. We are a close-knit society and are committed to ensuring that members of the Armed Forces and their family members are fully supported when accessing our services. We have a proud track record of working in close partnership with local authorities, the wider public sector and charities to help us ensure you are able to access the best possible care and support. Ultimately, we hope that you will consider Scotland as your long-term home.........................................................................
From small grants to funding for big capital projects, using these tools and links on the document below you can track down various sources of funding you need to make a difference in your community.
Examples of a small number of these sites are listed in the link below to assist you.
Please note applications to these funding organisations are to be submitted as per their individual terms and conditions. Veterans Scotland does not look to co-ordinate applications on behalf of third parties.
The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants. The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations. The application process for all grants is online here: https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/grant-application/. If you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows:
In January 2019, the then Defence Secretary, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP,
commissioned Andrew Selous MP to conduct an independent review to consider the
diverse needs of Service families, assess whether the current support offer is meeting
these needs, and make recommendations accordingly. The focus of this review was on
currently Serving personnel, including those preparing to leave the Armed Forces, and
There is a huge network of organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, so finding the right one for your needs can be tricky.
We make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need, whether you are based in the UK or abroad.