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.

The generous gift to RCET – which works directly with young people from Forces families and provides education support, to teachers and other professionals to help them recognise and deal with the issues that some experience while at school – will go towards the funding of RCET’s education programme in Scotland over the next 12 months.

RCET education programme manager Moira Leslie explained: “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. We have recently produced training resources specifically to help this vulnerable group of learners.”

During the last five years, RCET has delivered vital resources and support to more than 15,000 pupils, in excess of 100 schools in Scotland and has provided training and resources to some 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” added 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. The organisation’s chief of staff, Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, said: “The Soldiers’ Charity is here to support not just those serving men and women, but their families too.

“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.”

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