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

The SMILES programme is all about fun and engagement and includes activities, gifts and group events, which have the purpose of making bereaved Forces children and young people smile again and reminds them they aren’t alone and are part of a supportive community.

Support
Support

The SUPPORT programme 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

 The STRIDES programme focuses on the education and development needs of bereaved Forces children and young people. This includes promoting a positive attitude to learning and providing opportunities to develop life skills.  It also includes a range of small educational grants.

Springboard
Springboard

The SPRINGBOARD programme provides support to young adults ages 18-25 and assists with opportunities to develop their education and learning, build a career and enhance life skills.

Case Studies

Bereaved military sisters enjoy a well-deserved FAB week of fun!

For sisters Molly (17), Emily (11) and Isabelle (nine) a break away courtesy of Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) and with support from bereaved children’s military charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, was just what they needed.

The summer for most children is a time of excitement, but for Molly, Emily and Isabelle Reynolds, the summer is a time of heartache.

“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.

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