A unique education support programme benefitting young people from armed forces families across Scotland has been boosted with a £10k donation from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity…

Scotland’s Armed Forces children’s charity, RCET, works directly with young people from armed forces families and provides education support, including resources and training, to teachers and other professionals to help them recognise and deal with the anxieties, challenges and learning obstacles that some experience while at school.

RCET Education Programme Manager, Moira Leslie explains “We want every child from an Armed Forces family to reach their full potential. This isn’t always achievable if they are moving between different education systems and their learning is interrupted, or if they are anxious about a parent who is away from home on active service.

“There are also those youngsters that we support who are living with veteran parents who are struggling financially, experiencing health problems or disability. Living with these sorts of challenges at home can make school life extra difficult and we have recently produced training resources specifically to help this vulnerable group of learners.”

The Soldiers’ Charity donation will go towards the funding of RCET’s education programme in Scotland over the next 12 months. During the last five years, RCET’s education programme has delivered vital resources and support to in excess of 15,000 pupils, more than 100 schools in Scotland and has provided training and resources to over 500 organisations benefitting thousands of young people.

“We strive to give a voice to children from Armed Forces families who might otherwise not be heard” said Moira. “This considerable and very generous donation from The Soldiers’ Charity will go a long way to achieving these aims.”

This is the second year that The Soldiers’ Charity has donated £10k in support of RCET’s work. Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity said: “The Soldiers’ Charity is here to support not just those serving men and women, but their families too. With the grants to RCET we are ensuring their children receive the best possible educational support. RCET is a charity with a proven track record of getting the best out of those children it assists so we are very proud to be supporting them.”