You may have noticed we have made big changes to how we communicate who we are, whom we can support and how we can help children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. We have provided all you need to know about how we can help as Forces Children Scotland.

We are Forces Children Scotland

As Scotland oldest military charity, we have over two hundred years experience in supporting children and young people, having founded just four days before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 to provide accommodation, education and trade skills to those whose parents were killed or experienced life-changing wounds during the Napoleonic Wars.

Today, we help children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland grow in confidence, develop new skills and gain valuable experiences by co-producing impactful projects and services which focus on topics including mental health and wellbeing, education and learning and putting their unique experiences on the radar of civilian audiences.

We provide life-changing experiences to forge new friendships, through a sense of belonging, shared experience and solidarity. We will work directly with children and young people to amplify their unique experiences to help civilian friends as well as those whom support them or make important decisions about their future better understand what they’re going through and bring about big changes.

We listen and provide financial help in lots of different ways for children, young people and their families. We can support children and young people care for loved ones or a member of the local community or help them gain a qualification at college or university. We can also help by providing families with that little bit extra financial support to cover essential living costs and so much more.

Who we can support

We can support children and young people with a Scottish parent, who is a regular, reservist, or veteran of the British Armed Forces – whether that’s the Army, Navy or RAF. You can also support children and young people with parents who aren’t Scottish and currently based in Scotland. Better still, we can continue to support their children and young people if they move from Scotland!

There’s also a wide variety of professional sectors, whom we can provide advice, training, and resources in support of their work with children and young people from serving, reservist, and veteran families.

• Primary/secondary education

• Further/higher education

• Community/Youth/third sector

• Clinical Practitioners (Psychology/Mental Health/Social Care)

• Military Welfare Personnel

• Undergraduate/Postgraduate Students

• Policy & Development

Please contact admin@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk for further information.