As we enter another week of lockdown, it does seem as if the restrictions currently placed on us are beginning to have some effect. However, it does not look as if these will be relaxed for some time yet and so I cannot re-iterate strongly enough the need to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Last week I mentioned how, in addition to statutory services, the charities are there to support us and despite the challenges they are under, they have made huge efforts to keep their services going for you and to adapt that support where necessary.
This week, I want to concentrate on those of you who are in the process of leaving the Services right now and highlight some of the organisations who are providing online services and support for those in Transition. In normal circumstances it is enough of a challenge to make the step back to ’Civvy Street’, but the Coronavirus pandemic is adding another layer of anxiety and uncertainty. Some of you may have reconsidered your decision to sign-off at this time but for those proceeding, support available during transition includes:
Careers Transition Partnership
CTP, in conjunction with the MOD, have now confirmed that they have suspended face to face activity in order to follow advice on social distancing. Despite this, CTP staff remain fully operational to work remotely. They are contactable, and very much still there to support you. Please email your usual point of contact if you require any help with your resettlement.
Skills Development Scotland
Those seeking work can find out about jobs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic using a new national online careers resource, My World of Work Job Hub, which includes information on hundreds of immediately available vacancies in healthcare, food and grocery retail, social care, childcare, delivery and distribution, food manufacturing and production. SDS support and advice is free and is for everyone, including veterans, those just leaving the Services and their spouses and working age children. The Hub connects employers directly involved in the emergency response to the pandemic with individuals actively seeking work at this challenging time.
Defence Transition Service
DTS provides transition support for those Service leavers and their families who are most likely to face challenges as they leave the Armed Forces and adjust to civilian life. They can help access appropriate support, whether from other government departments, local authorities, the NHS or trusted charities. For now, DTS have suspended all face to face meetings with clients. However, DTS Case workers are still carrying out client case work remotely, and DTS will continue to provide advice, information and support via email and telephone call-back. Please email DBSVets-DTS-Central@mod.gov.uk with your name and contact details and they will be in touch as quickly as they can.
Remember, with the current situation as it is, this is about looking out for each other – keeping an eye on your mates be it by phone calls, email, social media or simply over the garden fence – at a 2-metre distance of course!
But please stay safe: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.