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Scotty's Little Soldiers to offer more support for bereaved youngsters

Scotty's Little Soldiers to offer more support for bereaved youngsters

Published by Grace Mcgachy
12:02pm 10th December 2019.

This King's Lynn based charity can now provide extra support. 

Scotty's Little Soldiers has been helping hundreds of bereaved British Forces children across the UK. 

Now they can offer even more as they've taken on a dedicated support worker. 

A survey identified that 89% of bereaved British Forces families felt there wasn't adequate bereavement support for military families.
Scotty's has subsequently enhanced its SUPPORT Programme and recruited a Head of Support after funding from Annington and Veterans' Foundation.

A members survey conducted in 2018 showed that 90%  would be likely to use additional support from Scotty's. 

In particular, it was felt there was a need for a dedicated caseworker who would have expert knowledge of the help available to bereaved military families. 

Bev Townsend is taking on the role as Head of Support.

Nikki Scott, Founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers, said: 

"Having listened to our families it was clear that Scotty's makes a real difference to them with the support it already offers but the number of families crying out for additional emotional support was overwhelming.

There's lots of support out there but the families felt they didn't know where to go for this support or how to go about getting it.

We were desperate to fill this gap but as a small charity the big problem was funding. We are so incredibly grateful to both Annington and Veterans' Foundation who have kindly funded the development of the SUPPORT Programme.

We've been lucky enough to recruit Bev Townsend who is now on hand to offer an extra layer of support to our families."

Bev is available to offer initial support to Scotty's Little Soldiers members, then leads them to the relevant support and stays with them on their emotional journey to ensure they are receiving the care they need.

Jane Harsham, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Annington, said:

"When Scotty's came to us to talk about their plans for the future, they highlighted the need for a new role - Head of Support.

They felt this role was really needed to move forward with the work that it does for bereaved military children.

Listening to Scotty's and understanding the passion behind the charity and the fabulous work that is has done in the past, we felt that we really wanted to get involved in helping the children make the very best of their lives, despite the tragedies that have befallen them.

This is clearly a much-needed role. These children sometimes need a non-family member in their corner to be their advocate, to be fighting their battles for them, whatever that may be. We are proud and delighted to be able to help Scotty's achieve their aims."

David Shaw, Chief Executive of Veterans' Foundation, said:

"We're so pleased we've been able to help Scotty's Little Soldiers develop their SUPPORT Programme. It's so important to care for bereaved British Forces children.

Their parents gave so much for our country and we're so grateful to Scotty's for supporting the children left behind."

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