We were founded in 1815 to support Scottish children and young people whose parents were killed or experienced life-changing wounds during the Napoleonic Wars. Today, we support children and young people from armed forces and veteran families across Scotland to realise their potential and thrive in lots of different ways.
To become the sector-leading charity in Scotland which supports children and young people, from serving, reservist and veteran families, by providing exciting opportunities to get involved and by amplifying their voices to inspire change.
To become the sector-leading charity in Scotland which supports children and young people, from Armed forces and veteran families, by providing exciting opportunities to get involved and by amplifying their voices to inspire change.
We’ve developed a range of services that help support things like mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and much more. These are built based on listening to the needs of children and young people and research evidence.
Nobody is better placed than children and young people to be a force for change, and so we build brilliant opportunities to be heard, make new friends and get involved in lots of different, creative ways to amplify lived experience.
Financial assistance is available via a range of different funds that provide support up to the age of 25. This could help young people care for a loved one, pursue aspiration and to gain qualifications at college or university.
That’s why we make sure that those who supporting children and young people, like teachers, understand and respond to unique challenges faced through a programme of training, resources, research, and access to our advisory service.
Too often children and young people from Armed Forces and veteran families are not heard, and that’s not right. We amplify lived experience to help influence big decisions in Scotland at local, regional and national levels.
We strive to adopt a co-production approach underpinning all of our work. This means we recognise the unique experiences of children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families as our most valuable asset and we ensure their voice is at the heart of all our decision-making. By doing so, we share the balance of decision-making with children and young people in the development of our projects and services.a