Bereaved forces children supported by Scotty’s Little Soldiers are to receive extra help with their education and personal development.
Thanks to funding from armed forces charities, the Veterans’ Foundation and BFBS The Big Salute, Emma Peppercorn has been recruited to run two of Scotty’s programmes for young people.
Mrs Peppercorn will be taking responsibility for the Strides and Springboard programmes, which help youngsters to reach their potential by providing guidance and opportunities around education, vocational training and employment.
She will also be helping them to develop essential life skills and supporting their transition into adulthood and independence.
The new Springboard programme, developed especially for 19 to 25-year-olds, will see Scotty’s support young people into adulthood for the first time.
Mrs Peppercorn’s first focus will be reaching out to young people whose education has been impacted by the pandemic, including those who have been unable to sit their exams.
Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott said: “The timing of Emma joining couldn’t be any more crucial. We’ve identified that the education of 125 of our members has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and we’re so glad that Emma, with her expertise, is able to get straight on with giving them help and advice to alleviate some of the pressure.
“For a long time, we’ve felt the need for this extra support. Grief hits at different times in life and it is often triggers like exam pressures or feeling uncertain about the future that can making missing your parent even harder.
“We’re so grateful for the support from the Veterans’ Foundation and BFBS The Big Salute which has enabled us to finally make this happen.”
Mrs Peppercorn, who previously worked for Cambridgeshire County Council, said she “couldn’t wait to get stuck in and start delivering outstanding support”.
“I have found my passion in supporting young people and developing exciting new projects and I am so pleased that I can use the skills and knowledge from my previous roles to help supported bereaved British forces children.”
Find out more at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk