Smiles

Scotty’s Little Soldiers Founder Nikki Scott’s original vision for the charity was to provide opportunities for bereaved Forces children to smile again. All the fun and engaging activities within the Smiles programme have been created to help the children and young people do exactly what it says on the tin, smile!

Because the activities year after year, it means we are able to build a trust and a long term relationship with the families we support. This makes it so much easier for them to reach out if they need additional help at any time.

Here are just some of the ways we do our best to #HelpTheirChildrenSmile.

Smiles
Smiles

A range of fun based activities which help our Scotty Members feel part of a community, let them know the British public hasn’t forgotten their sacrifice, and gives them the chance to smile again.

Support
Support

Looks after emotional health and wellbeing and includes information and guidance on childhood bereavement for parents and carers, and 1:1 professional bereavement support for children and young people.

Strides
Strides

Focused on education & development needs, we work closely with local authorities to ensure bereaved Service children get the best in-school support as well as providing a range of small grants and many other activities.

Springboard
Springboard

Builds on the foundations of the Strides Programme but offers careers support and life skills opportunities specially focused on young people aged 18 to 25.

Case Studies

“Knowing Scotty’s is there, even though I am 18, is comforting. They have always been there for me, they’ve made a big difference to my life.”

18-year-old, Steven Murphy, was just three years old when his dad, Lance Corporal Murphy took his own life. Here, Steven talks about the challenges he’s overcome and how support from Scotty’s Little Soldiers has provided him a lifeline.

"Daddy’s body doesn’t work anymore"

RAF Widow, Emma Hendrie, wanted to be honest with her son about how his daddy died, but explaining to a three-year-old that his daddy wouldn’t be returning home from hospital was the toughest thing she’s ever had to do. She explains here how the experience has impacted her son and how he has benefited from Scotty’s Little Soldiers

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