How we can help – Family Support

We’re here to listen and support you! 

We understand a range of factors can impact a family’s financial situation, and the COVID-19 Pandemic has presented many challenges to serving, reservist and veteran families across Scotland. Many families have adapted to a loss in income, or have experienced furlough or redundancy. In some cases, we have worked with families who have experienced a breakdown in relationships during lockdown. There are many day-to-day challenges life which can present to serving, reservist and veteran families. We know surviving on a low-income can be incredibly stressful and some families may have a member who is living with life-changing physical or psychological wounds.

All of these important factors, can present additional challenges to children and young people in serving, reservist and veteran families. We are supporting growing numbers of young carers who adapted and responded to ensure the needs of loved ones and members of their local community continued to be met during the pandemic. What’s more, we are supporting growing numbers of young people gain qualifications at universities and colleges across Scotland and beyond.

There are two main ways we can help:

We provide financial support give financial support in lots of different ways

School Children’s Fund

College & University Student’s Fund

Support in a Crisis

Family Time Break Fund

Young Carers Support

We listen and find the support you need by signposting you to other charities and services.

For some of our funds you may then be asked to make an application via your local SSAFA branch so it is worth getting in touch with them too. 

Who can we support through our Family Support Services

We support children and young people, from pre-school up to the age of 24.

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 supporting their children and young people if they move from Scotland!

For further information, please get in touch with us on 0131 322 7350 or by emailing familysupport@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk

It’s always worth getting in touch with us, as many exceptional circumstances will be considered.