Charitable support for Children and Young People
As well as the wide ranging support to RAF families offered by the well known national charities such as RAF Association, RAF Benevolent Fund, SSAFA and the Royal British Legion, there are many sources of charitable support available specifically for children and young people. Below are some of the many examples:
Alexander Duckham Memorial Schools Trust
The Alexander Duckham Memorial Schools Trust aims to promote the education and welfare of children of members, and former members, of the RAF who are in need of financial assistance. The trustees will consider applications for means tested assistance with various costs relating to children of any age of RAF members or former members.
The Annington Challenge
Funded by Annington Homes, the Annington Challenge gives Service young people the opportunity to take part in an Outward Bound Trust adventure course at one of the Trust’s centres in England, Scotland and Wales.
The RAF Family Federation’s Caroline Woodward went along to experience one of the courses – read her article.
Visit the website for more information and to register interest.
Educational Trusts’ Forum
The Educational Trusts’ Forum is a community of trusts which provide financial grants to help vulnerable children from all walks of life, including from the Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Education Trust
The Armed Forces Education Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. The grants we give make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents. They make individual and collective grants.
The Military Kids Club (MKC) Heroes network is a unique pupil voice group for the children and young people of Service personnel and veterans that is supported and facilitated by The Royal British Legion.
Any school with pupils from Service and veterans’ families can apply to join the MKC Heroes network. This includes secondary and primary schools, as well as academies and private schools. We do not specify a minimum or maximum number of members needed to run a club as that depends on what the school itself can support. MKC Heroes is open to children and young people up to the age of 18 years old from families of currently serving personnel, veterans, reservists and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
Forces Children’s Trust
The Forces Children’s Trust offers help for children in need whose father or mother has died, or has sustained life-changing injuries, whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces or Civilian Forces (i.e. Police, Fire and Ambulance Services). They offer Child bereavement counselling, Group holidays and expeditions, Social events, Educational visits, Educational support.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved British Forces children and young people.
‘Smiles’ offers the children that opportunity to smile again through a wide range of fun activities and gifts. This includes holiday breaks, group events, special experiences and gifts at difficult times of the year.
The ‘Support’ programme aims to assist with the more emotional side of bereavement and includes access to professional counselling and a family support network.
Finally, the ‘Strides’ programme is designed to help with the charity’s beneficiaries’ personal development and includes a range of activity and educational grants.
Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children with one or both parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. We provide fundamental resources, initiatives and support to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart. There are resources for support at home, and in educational settings.
One of the best things about reading books is sharing and talking about them with family and friends – and if you have a family member or friend in the Armed Forces then Reading Force is for you! Whether your loved ones are at home or away, all can get involved.
Doing Reading Force is especially beneficial for children and parents separated by deployment or training and can help with staying bonded, connected and keeping continuity by having a story to share and chat about. So join the fun and sign up to receive your free book and special scrapbook. It’s free and easy – and brings families and friends closer together.
Resources are available for families and for schools, welfare organisations and clubs.