North Lynn charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers has been accepted for the government’s Kickstart scheme to help young people gain valuable work experience.
The charity, which supports bereaved forces children, is encouraging young adults to take advantage of its work placement opportunities in roles such as graphic design, fundraising, ecommerce and content creation of blogs and podcasts.
Kickstart is a new initiative for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit. The government pays their salary for a six-month work placement, based on working 25 hours a week and earning the national minimum wage.
Stuart Robinson, Scotty’s chief executive officer, said: “The charity has developed a lot, particularly over the past 18 months, and there is room for plenty more growth.
“The Kickstart scheme is a great opportunity for young people to gain experience working with an incredible team and we have some really interesting roles to fill.
“We currently have a graphic designer who originally came to Scotty’s on an internship. He wasn’t being paid, but he wanted to gain experience. He was so great that we ended up offering him a full-time paid job because we realised we couldn’t manage without him.
“The Kickstart scheme works really well for us as a charity, as well as providing young people with a great opportunity. As the team grows, we are able to offer more support to more members, raise awareness of our work and develop our income streams through fundraising and grants.
“To have people on board, with their salaries funded by the government for six months, is hugely beneficial to us financially.”
Scotty’s is also recruiting full-time paid roles. See www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/jobs for details.
As well as acceptance to the Kickstart scheme, the charity has celebrated a £15,000 donation from a competition, organised by two former special forces members. ThruDark performance outwear, set up by Anthony Stazicker and Louis Tinsley, held a competition which asked for nominated charities.
Winner Rob Stewart of Worcester, was one of many who had nominated Scotty’s and they were delighted for the charity.
“The children Scotty’s supports have already been through so much, so we hope the donation will help bring them much-needed smiles and support,” they said.
Scotty’s celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. It was founded by Nikki Scott after her husband Corporal Lee Scott was killed in action.
Ms Scott had two young children at the time and saw the devastating impact on them and wanted to help others in the same situation.
In expressing her thanks, Ms Scott said: “This donation will allow Scotty’s to continue providing much-needed support to hundreds of children, who, at such a young age, have already been through so much.”
“It’s donations like these that makes such a difference to the lives of so many children and young people.”