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STRIDES Programme

Strides was created to assist our Scotty Members with their personal development and to make a successful transitions to adulthood. There are two main strands within the Programme, Education and Grants.

Strides has two main objectives:

  1. To give our Scotty Members who may be at a disadvantage due to their bereavement by providing access to first class work experience opportunities and mentoring.
  2. To provide financial assistance for development related activities ranging from education to sports.

Through Strides our Scotty Members can expect;

  • Support with school admissions and school transfers.
  • Contributing towards TAF (Team Around the Family) meetings and being part of an active support plan.
  • Writing and supporting ongoing PEP (Personal Education Plans), developed in conjunction with schools, families, and local authorities.
  • Providing up to date information, advice and guidance to families around financial support relating to education (SPP, PP, FSM).
  • Supporting with college and university applications.
  • Acting as an advocate to ensure schools are supporting our Scotty Members the best they can and providing examples of best practice for teachers.
  • Providing information and up to date guidance for schools and local authorities on how to best support a bereaved young person from a military family.
  • Completing referrals and providing support for more relevant or intensive services where required.

 Our Strides development grants:

  • The Scotty Allowance: a small grant available to every Scotty Member, every year, to contribute toward to cost of activities such as school trips, swimming lessons, sports clubs or music lessons and extracurricular activities.
  • Scotty’s Driving - School: for Members aged 17+ a small grant to cover the cost of driving lessons.
  • Scotty’s Higher Education Grant: Members can apply for a higher education grant of £1,000 to contribute toward the cost of going to University.
  • The Super Grant: a one-off grant available in emergency situations or once in a life opportunities.
  • Scotty’s New School Grant: A £50 contribution towards the cost of starting a new school.

How to support a bereaved British Forces child or young person:

If you know a child or young person who has experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces, they could be eligible for specialist bereavement support from Scotty's Little Soldiers. Hundreds of bereaved military children aren’t getting the support they need but we are here to help.

  • If you are seeking support for a bereaved military child or young person, click here.
  • If you are the parent or carer of a bereaved military child or young person, click here.
  • If you work with bereaved children & young people, click here.
  • If you are a bereaved young person seeking support, click here.

The SMILES programme is all about fun and engagement for bereaved British Forces children and young people. It 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.


The SUPPORT programme looks after the emotional health and wellbeing of the bereaved military children and young people we support. It includes information and guidance on childhood bereavement for parents and carers, and 1:1 professional bereavement support for children and young people.


 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.


The SPRINGBOARD programme provides support to young adults ages 18-25 who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the Armed Forces. It assists with opportunities to develop their education and learning, build a career and enhance life skills.

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