Armed Forces Week may look very different this year, but it still does not mean that we should celebrate it any less. I have had the honour and privilege of leading Scotland’s Officers’ Association now for the past year. As the only Tri-Service charity in Scotland that supports officers we have a unique role amidst the vast charity sector, working in partnership to ensure that we provide a wraparound approach to support their transition and beyond.
We have a fantastic, dedicated team that goes above and beyond to ensure every client receives a professional and bespoke service to aid their transition journey. It is also clear that the value of the officer and the considerable skills they have acquired in their military career is being recognised more and more by employers, who see the potential of their leadership, resilience, and project management skills. They work with often limited resources to ensure effective and efficient outputs, adapting to their environment, often managing million pound budgets with the upmost professionalism, trust and respect.
We are delighted that we can support these men and women further through the launch of our Bursary Award Scheme which aims to expand their learning in order to enhance their employment opportunities. 12 applicants have now been successful, and we look forward to receiving more applications throughout the year. We shall also be launching our 2020 Organisational Grants to military charities in the next couple of months which involves us expanding our reach to the wider veteran charitable community.
We are in unprecedented times, which has seen our working practices stretched and challenged, however this is giving us the opportunity to maximise our strengths and develop new ways of working. The virtual world has become our friend and we shall capitalise on this through new ways of training and development opportunities for clients while continuing to raise awareness of our services through a stronger online portal.
I am excited as I enter my second year, in taking forward Scotland’s OA. I have a fantastic team and a strong Board of Directors, who I am very thankful to, for their encouragement and support. I look forward to implementing our new 5 year Strategy, reinforcing our commitment to those that we support and serve. Strategic Plan V2 13-4-20
Posted on 23rd June 2020