“The feedback we received aligned with independent research which recognises military lifestyle can come at a price; it can undermine friendships, impede academic performance and personal development. Left unchecked, this can last long into adulthood.
“What this research and our young people are telling us, is there is a clear need to improve the services and support available to them. They want their voices to be heard and it’s why we have decided to launch this 3 year national youth participation project.”
The funding for the initiative, which will target 12-24 years olds, has been given a significant jump start thanks to a £40k grant award by The Soldiers’ Charity, which means RCET can recruit a Youth Participation Project Manager.
During the first year of the project, RCET will be rolling out participation events and working with partners in communities across Scotland. There will also be a particular focus on identifying and encouraging participation from children and young people from hard to reach groups, including children with disabilities, children living in vulnerable families and children struggling with mental health.
Therefore, the charity will be offering places on a new outward-bound programme for young people from more vulnerable families who may lack the self-confidence and esteem to join the project.