Click the button above for our current volunteer information around the coronavirus pandemic.
We're still here for you and our Armed Forces family at this challenging time.
At Poppyscotland, we know (now more than ever) how important it is to keep you, our outstanding volunteers, informed and updated on what is going on around the country. The health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers and supporters is so important to us at Poppyscotland, vital and to the work we continue to do.
Welcome to our second poppymail, specifically for our volunteer network. We have expedited this issue to bring you up to speed on how we are pulling together and working to support those who need our help.
Your time makes life changing differences to our Armed Forces community living in Scotland. There is so much we can all continue to do from home and I welcome you to contact the team if you have any questions or know of anyone who is in need of our help.
On behalf of everyone at Poppyscotland and the people we support, thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and time.
Head of Fundraising, Poppyscotland
(Royal Air Force 1988 - 1995)
At a time like this, it's important for us to celebrate good news and support those around us. We thought you might be interested in some of these great stories!
The Poppyscotland Learning team have transformed a package of resources to make them available to learners at home! Including code-breaking activities, stories and educational games, there is something for all school-aged children.
We have answered some questions asked by our volunteers, and aim to provide general information about volunteering at the moment. Take a look at our Q & A, read the Poppy Story Book or try your hand at our Poppyscotland word search!
The people we support can be among the most vulnerable of society, experiencing social isolation and loneliness on a daily basis. Some of our services are not possible at the moment, but take a look at this brilliant example of how we can all provide support in our communities.
|How your time helps veterans and their families in Scotland...|
... Meet the Reid Family
Stewart joined the Army when he was 16 and served for seven years in the Royal and Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME). His father had been in the Army and Stewart grew up with the military being a big part of his life, living in Germany and Gibraltar. In his own Service life, Stewart trained as an electronic technician and his role saw him in work in Germany, Northern Ireland and Newcastle.
Stewart left the Army when his mum underwent an operation. Wanting to be nearer home, the time was right. Speaking of the adjustment to non-Service life, Stewart said: “I would say that I found civilian life different, rather than difficult. I am quite adaptable and the Army was good in helping me with my resettlement and transition period.”
Stewart and wife Stephane have been together for twelve years, after meeting through friends. Stephane has a daughter, Kayleigh and the couple have a younger daughter, Maisie. Maisie has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and requires constant care. Stephane stopped work to be a full-time mum and carer and the family moved to a bungalow to allow them the space and accessibility required to provide adequate and safe care for Maisie, both now and in the future.
Stephane was struggling to lift Maisie in and out of the bath in the family’s small bathroom and was experiencing back pain. The couple realised that as Maisie grows older this problem will increase. They wanted to build an extension to enable Maisie to have her own bathroom and bedroom, while enabling the family to provide the level of care she requires.
The local authority agreed to pay part of the costs, but this left a shortfall. After looking at the limited options available to them Stephane contacted SSAFA. Her aunt and uncle knew about SSAFA in England and they encouraged Stephanie to contact her local branch.
Stephanie said: “We didn’t approach them straight away. We didn’t like to ask for help and we also thought we wouldn’t be eligible. We thought help was only available to people who had been in the military for a long time or who had left more recently. We are glad we did make that call as it has made such a difference.”
The Reid family share their story.
Several charities stepped in to help the family, including Poppyscotland. The grant awarded by Poppyscotland was the largest single grant the charity has ever made, and the family’s situation was one that the charity felt merited its fullest support.
Stephane explained: “It has made our lives much easier and we can spend time with Maisie, enjoying life with her. There was space for a specialist bed so that Maisie can have a good night’s sleep. In turn, we can sleep well, too, which helps us manage better during the day.”
The couple has a message for those who need support. Stewart said: “We didn’t like asking for support and it’s hard when you don’t know who to speak to. Our caseworker was fantastic and made all the arrangements and did all the liaison with other organisations, which was a weight off our minds.
“We were made to feel very welcome by Poppyscotland. We didn’t feel we were being judged and that was important. We would encourage people who need help just to ask.”
Your time in volunteering with Poppyscotland allows us to continue our life-changing work. We would simply be unable to support people like Maisie and her family if is was not for you, our incredible volunteers.
On behalf of all those we support, thank you.
Bud, our 18-tonne interactive mini museum has been really busy since the start of the year. The request for visits continues to grow, with over 200 schools getting in touch and keen for Bud to visit them. We have a new system, with Bud being in one area for a week or two at a time - reducing our carbon footprint, and making the most of our time in each area.
Between January and March 2020 Bud:
- Visited 32 Primary schools and 7 Secondary schools;
- Attended 4 varied engagements and events;
- Welcomed over 5200 visitors aged 1 to 100;
- Visited 11 out of 32 Scottish Local Authority Areas.
Bud is currently off the road until the schools return, but we are looking for more volunteers to support and welcome your interest. We can use this time to cover training and administration, getting you set up to share stories of reflection and hope - as soon as we are able.
At this time we welcome interest from anyone who may want to support Bud, following changes in social distancing guidance.
Are you able to spare some time to help us engage with future generations? Bud volunteers support groups to navigate the range of exciting experiences on board, supporting the team to answer questions and deliver practical and informative sessions.
We are also keen to welcome current and former members of the Armed Forces community, happy to share their stories and experiences.
|Month||School Local Authority Areas visited||Event Locations
|January||South Ayrshire, Glasgow, West Lothian, Stirling, Clackmannanshire||Grain Exchange, Kelvingrove Museum
|February||South Lanarkshire, Stirling, Fife, East Lothian, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow||Hamilton Town Hall, Low Parks Museum
|March||North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire ||Helix Park
If you would like to register your interest to support on Bud once back on the road, please get in touch!
Sandra Comrie - Bud Volunteer Support Coordinator
Tel: 0141 473 6221
Poppyscotland Come Dancing Inverness event raises more than £20k
"We couldn't deliver this event without the support of our outstanding volunteers - individuals, groups and businesses band together to make it happen!"
Regional Fundraiser - North of Scotland
More than 300 people were at the Drumossie Hotel on Saturday to watch a host of dancers – novices and dancers from Toe 2 Toe Dance – battle it out at this year’s Come Dancing with Poppyscotland in association with Toe 2 Toe Dance event.This was the third staging of the popular fundraiser and we are pleased to announce that it raised an incredible £21,902.82 which will go directly to helping veterans and their families in the North of Scotland and across the country.
Eight couples competed for the prestigious ‘Glitter Ball’ prize and, after a tense ‘dance-off’ the winners were crowned – Neil MacKenzie and Sam Brock. Frances Beveridge,Our Regional Fundraiser for the North of Scotland and the event organiser, said: “Over the past six months our dancers have been working so hard in perfecting two dances and raising money for Poppyscotland. The show just highlights how much commitment they have all put into this. I could not be more proud of them all. A massive congratulations to Sam Brock and Toe 2 Toe Dancer Neil MacKenzie for winning our Glitter Ball, and to Lauren Bell for being our Top Fundraiser.
Frances continues “I would like to say a huge thank you to our amazing Inverness Legion Ladies who (for the 3rd year!) have volunteered to make the event such a success. They are one of the reasons the event flows so smoothly as they know exactly what they are doing. They welcome our guests and take their tickets, sell raffle tickets and make sure everyone is looked after and having a great time. I really could not do this without their continued help and support.
The Inverness Legion Ladies give their time to help with Open Days at our Welfare Centre, the sale of merchandise at stalls in the city and, of course, help to grow the Inverness total at Poppy Appeal time!
Volunteers support at many events, activities and collections throughout the year, ensuring we can continue to provide life-changing support our Armed Forces community.
If you’d more information on events and activities in your area, please get in touch!
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to our Inverness Legion Ladies. We couldn't do it without you!
The 2020 Volunteer Awards are now open!
Each year, we recognise the work of our volunteers through a series of long service awards. Starting at 5 years through to 50 years service, we are delighted to give a token of our thanks.
Each award recipient receives a certificate, pin badge and a letter from our Head of Fundraising. For those who have gone above and beyond, we have our President's Award too!
Nominations are open now until late July and you can find the nomination form in our volunteer downloads section.
We need Volunteers to share the story of the First World War
‘What Do We Learn From All Th1s?’ was commissioned by the Scottish Parliament and gifted to Poppyscotland as a touring exhibition, sharing the visual interpretation of 100 stories of people and events of WWI. It has been created by 100 young people from across Scotland.
The exhibition uses traditional printmaking techniques combined with innovative technology. It displays the matrices used to develop each of the artists’ 100 unique prints on wooden plinths arranged in a map of Scotland. Augmented reality technology enables visitors to explore each of the stories in detail with an iPad.
The exhibition has been busy on the road since 2019 and has so far visited Edinburgh, Perth, Western Isles, Dundee, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire. It is hoped it will be in Aberdeenshire at the Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead until the 30th May 2020, then travelling to Victoria Hall Cromarty in the Highlands from the 17th - 31st July.
Unfortunately, the exhibition is closed for the time being. However, when it’s back up and running we will need volunteers to support visitors in exploring the range of artwork.
If you would like to register your interest, please get in touch with Sandra Comrie:
Mob: 07808 261 076
Tel: 0141 473 6221
Scotland’s best-known military band is teaming up with Poppyscotland again - for a third Scottish tour, with all proceeds going towards Poppyscotland vital services for the Armed Forces community. We’ve managed to postpone the Hamilton concert to later in the year, and we are hoping that the concerts will still go ahead.
The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland’s 2020 tour is called ‘Walking With Oor Ain Folk’ and, all going well, will kick off in Hamilton in September. It's impossible to guarantee what the coming months will bring, but we truly hope that this event will be a great morale boost for communities after the COVID crisis.
The tour, which is being run in collaboration with Hawick folk musician and songwriter Alan Brydon, will see them perform four concerts this year with the new theme of Scottish folk music from the west lowlands (Burns Country) to the Western Isles, the Highlands, the East of Scotland and the Scottish Borders.
Major James Marshall, the Director of Music to the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: “After the rapturous reception we’ve received across the country in the past two years we’re delighted to back again, especially as we’ll be visiting towns where we’ve not performed in a concert setting before. It is also very exciting to showcase the diverse talents of the Band members through the folk theme, and it is an honour to be collaborating with Alan Brydon. We hope the public will come out in force once again to support Poppyscotland and the vital work they do for the Armed Forces community.”
Gordon Michie, the Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “All over the country, hundreds have flocked to watch The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland perform in the past two years, and it is a privilege for Poppyscotland to be in partnership with such a talented group of musicians once again.
“As ever, the Band’s schedule is packed, but it is fantastic that they have managed to secure four dates spread throughout this year. The tour will provide a great opportunity for music-lovers to experience the unmistakable and memorable sound of Scotland’s State Band as they perform a host of folk gems. ”
Launching our new volunteer handbook
We have been working hard to update and improve our volunteer information. We are pleased to be able to share our new Volunteer Handbook, available online and in hard copy by contacting email@example.com
We have also developed an improved Volunteer Download
section to our website. We will continue to improve the 'look and feel' throughout 2020.
There is already lots available for you to download and complete digitally - do remember to save your forms before you start to complete them... this will save loosing the information you add.
As a year-round charity, we have lots going on throughout 2020. With the current challenges, we have had to cancel or postpone events and face-to-face activities leading up to the Summer. Please note the below is for information only, subject to change.
The below table has detail of some of the activity we already have planned.
|Date||Activity||Location||Volunteer Activity||Event Status
|Sat 18 Apr||Sponsored Zipline ||River Clyde, Glasgow||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Postponed
|Sat 18 Apr||Poppy Appeal Gathering||Dunfermline||Area Organiser event||Postponed
|Sun 26 Apr||The Kiltwalk||Glasgow||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Postponed
|Fri 8 May||VE Day - 75 years||Countrywide||Collectors||Postponed
|Sun 7 Jun||The Kiltwalk||Aberdeen||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Postponed
|Sat 27 Jun||Armed Forces Day||Countrywide||Collectors||Cancelled - click for more information
|Sun 16 Aug||The Kiltwalk||Dundee||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Postponed - click for more information
|Sun 30 Aug||Men's 10K||Glasgow||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Currently still going ahead
|Sun 13 Sep||The Kiltwalk||Edinburgh||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Currently still going ahead
|Sun 27 Sep||Poppyscotland Sportive||East Lothian||Support roles, Cheerers, Feed Stations||Currently still going ahead
|Sun 4 Oct||Great Scottish Run||Glasgow||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Currently still going ahead
|20 Oct - 12 Nov||Field of Remembrance||Edinburgh||Collectors, Support roles||Currently still going ahead
|Sun 25 Oct||Men's 10K||Edinburgh||Cheerers, Supporters, Participants||Currently still going ahead
|Thu 29 Oct||City Poppy Day||Edinburgh||Collectors||Currently still going ahead
|Wed 4 Nov||City Poppy Day||Inverness||Collectors||Currently still going ahead
|Thu 5 Nov||City Poppy Day||Aberdeen||Collectors||Currently still going ahead
|Fri 6 Nov||City Poppy Day||Glasgow||Collectors||Currently still going ahead
|Sat 7 Nov||Poppy Saturday||Countrywide||Collectors||Currently still going ahead
|Sun 8 Nov||Remembrance Day||Countrywide||-||Currently still going ahead
|Wed 11 Nov||Armistice Day||Countrywide||-||Currently still going ahead
If you would like any further information on our 2020 events, or if you look to organise something in your local area, please get in touch.