When Nikki Scott founded Scotty’s Little Soldiers her aim was to provide opportunities for bereaved Forces children to smile again. She soon realised that these fun activities did so much more than just raising a smile, they actually helped with the grieving process. Group events provided not just an opportunity to enjoy the day but also to develop new friendships with other children sharing a special bond. She realised that helping the children smile was just part of the mission and that these special individuals needed more support than first realised.
The Support Programme aims to provide this extra assistance. The team at Scotty’s can help organise fully funded, professional bereavement counselling, often provided by our friends at Winston’s Wish who have a dedicated military bereavement programme supported by Help for Heroes.
All beneficiaries have access to the exclusive Member Zone web portal which provides information on all the help and assistance available to families. Everything from booking holiday breaks to applying for small grants can be carried out through the site.
New for 2017 is the appointment of a Family Support Worker to provide dedicated, one to one support to the charity’s beneficiaries. The Family Support Worker can help organise counselling, provide immediate assistance in times of distress and help provide information on all kinds of support which might be available to families, including financial advice and support from other charities and organisations.