FORCES children’s charity the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET) has launched a new set of educational resources to support Scottish youngsters.

Thanks to a £3,000 donation by St Andrews-based The New Park Educational Trust (NPET), the charity has purchased eight resource boxes equipped with books, toys and games to help young children from Armed Forces communities cope with feelings of loss and anxiety during times of separation.

The early years resources, which were unveiled at an event at Leuchars Community Centre, will be distributed to local authorities across Scotland for loan to schools and communities including Fife, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Moray, Argyll & Bute and the Highlands.

RCET education manager Moira Leslie said: “Through our work with schools, we realised that there was a need for more support for younger children who have a parent in the Armed Forces.

“This pilot project, if successful, will be rolled out to all 32 regions in Scotland. We are incredibly thankful to the NPET Trustees for their support.” 

Lt Col Ian Foulkes, of 71 Engineer Regiment, added: “We are delighted to work with the Royal Caledonian Education Trust to access these materials at Leuchars Station. Our community members will be provided with resources to support the youngest members of Armed Forces families.”

If you’re based in Scotland and your school or community group would benefit from accessing these materials, please contact RCET on 0131 240 2224.

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