Media | Fresh name and vision for Scotland’s oldest Armed Forces charity

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

30 September 2021

Scotland’s oldest Armed Forces charity is today unveiling its new name and vision for the future as part of wider efforts to support greater numbers of children and young people.

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust will now be known as Forces Children Scotland, equipped with a fresh mission, values and series of communications which were co-produced with children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families from across Scotland.

The nine month rebranding process aims to break down barriers the previous name had established, which hopes to help key audiences better understand the charity’s recent expansion in services which now complement its traditional work within education.

The charity’s mission going forward is to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by many children and young people from Armed Forces families, who feel they are a seldom-heard, invisible group whose experiences are not on the radar of civilian audiences.

One of the young people involved in the charity’s rebrand project was Rubie, who said:

“It was an amazing experience to be part of the rebrand project. I think it is great children and young people had the opportunity to be involved and talk about their experiences, which played a big part in what’s been created through the project.”

Forces Children Scotland Chief Executive, Laura Falconer said: 

“We are delighted to launch our charity’s new name and vision today, which is the outcome of many months of listening, discussion, thinking and collaborative working involving our children and young people as well as staff, trustees and supporters. 

“We initiated our process of rebranding because it was clear a new name was needed which better represented who we are today and our breadth of modern services, which has expanded beyond our respected work within education, transitional support and grant giving. 

“We launch our new name and vision during an exciting period of growth, which has seen our charity expand into youth participation, influencing and providing training and advice, to the delivery of direct support services supporting mental health and wellbeing.

“I am confident we have co-produced a name, vision and narrative which matches our ambitious plans for the future, which we will take forward to develop a new five-year strategy to support greater number of children and young people from serving, reservist and veteran families.”

ENDS

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Notes to Editors

For more information on Forces Children Scotland, visit ForcesChildrenScotland.org.uk

For more information about Forces Children Scotland please contact Gary Seath, 

Communications and Development Manager (gary.seath@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk)

About Forces Children Scotland

The charity was founded just four days before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and provided accommodation, education and trade skills to children and young people whose parents were killed or encountered life-changing physical wounds during the Napoleonic Wars. 

It has since evolved to meet the educational needs of children and young people of serving, reservist and veterans and received royal patronage from HRH Queen Victoria in 1852.

The charity remains committed in continuing its work supporting forces children and young people overcome unique challenges to education, transitions and learning as well as in providing advice, training and co-produced resources to education professionals across Scotland.

In recent years, the charity has extended it services, which now includes family support, mental health and wellbeing services, youth participation projects, research and policy development.