Scotty’s Little Soldiers - grant award October 2018
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity for bereaved British Forces children.
Inspired by the experience of war widow Nikki Scott, the charity’s mission is to offer vital support to children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Offering a lifeline to over 300 children across the UK, Scotty’s knows how traumatic a sudden death in the family can be for children and is there to offer support when it’s most needed.
Its support is available for families from the British Army, Royal Navy or RAF and is not limited to those killed in action.
The current assistance programmes offered by Scotty’s Little Soldiers caters for beneficiaries aged 0 – 18.
Despite many beneficiaries offering their services as volunteers, upon reaching the age of 19 they are officially unable to benefit from the charity’s support any longer.
This age is however critical in a young person’s life and the need for help and guidance can be even greater than ever.
The grant of £10,000 provided by the Veteran’s Foundation will fund half the cost of the Scotty’s Seniors Programme (£20,000 required in total).
The programme will launch in 2019 and provide support to young people aged 19-25 who have suffered the loss of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.
The programme focuses on providing opportunities for beneficiaries to learn new skills through training courses, workshops and mentoring.
‘SENIORS’ will provide a hub of information for beneficiaries looking to develop their careers as well as offering a support safety net.
Members of the SENIORS Programme will be encouraged to take up the opportunity to become ‘Peer Buddies’ to younger beneficiaries of the charity, allowing them to share their experience to help others.