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New veteran family suppport service launched in central Scotland

Gary Seath 2 years ago

Family Support Media

Forces Children Scotland has today (18 October 2022) launched a new holistic support service to help families leaving the armed forces to make a successful transition to civilian life across central Scotland.

Titled Mindful Connections, this new service has received funding from the Scottish Veterans Fund to pilot holistic support which will help former armed forces families to make a successful transition to realise their potential and thrive in civilian life.

Working directly with families, a Wellbeing Worker will support children, young people, and parents to galvanise relationships and provide support to better understand and enhance mental health and wellbeing, during what can prove an intense period of change and upheaval.

The service will work with families to meet specific education, learning, and employment support needs and to co-deliver social, sporting, and creative events to provide a platform for families to forge new connections and successfully integrate within civilian communities.

Mindful Connections aims to open a new discussion to raise greater awareness in military and civilian communities by providing opportunities for families to share their lived experiences through a series of podcasts to help others going through similar situations.

Forces Children Scotland’s Chief Executive Officer, Laura Falconer, said:

“We are delighted to launch our Mindful Connections service to help families leaving the armed forces to make a successful transition to civilian life. Having listened to the experiences of beneficiaries, we know the transition to civilian life presents a range of challenges; some are faced by the family as a whole but, in other cases, it will specifically relate to the children or adults.

“The holistic support provided through Mindful Connections aims to meet the unique support needs of all within the family and I greatly encourage those who have made the transition or will shortly do so to contact our team.”



Notes to Editors

For more information on Mindful Connections, please visit: Mindful Connections – Forces Children Scotland.

For more information about Forces Children Scotland please contact Gary Seath, Marketing, Communications, and Development Manager: (

About Forces Children Scotland
  • Forces Children Scotland was founded in 1815 and works directly with children and young people from serving, reservist, and veteran families across Scotland.
  • Today, we co-produce services and projects to overcome unique challenges to mental health and wellbeing, education, and learning, important transitions, and much more.
  • We provide life-changing experiences to develop new skills, build confidence and forge new friendships through a sense of belonging and shared experience.
  • We provide financial support when it matters most to young people caring for loved ones and we help students to realise their potential at college or university.

Website: Children & Young People – Forces Children Scotland