2022 was one of Little Troopers busiest years yet! We supported over 16,500 little troopers through our core work and launched two new major projects. Let’s take a look back, before we focus on our plans for 2023.
Louise, Founder of our charity said, “I cannot believe how quickly 2022 went. I was so pleased that we secured new funding to launch two new projects. The All-Together deployment club and Therapy programme build on our core work extending our support to our little troopers.”
At the beginning of 2022 our amazing supporters helped us raised over £3,500 during Fundraise February. A target that we are hoping to beat this year!
Little Trooper Ambassador
In March we were over the moon to welcome Doncaster Knights Rugby player Thom Smith as our Little Troopers Ambassador. Thom’s Dad serves in the Royal Air Force so knows exactly what life is like for little troopers.
During the Month of the Military Child, we launched our first online workshops. Over the year we have hosted 14 activity sessions inviting little troopers to join us for dance lessons, bake-a-longs and other science-based fun.
Little Troopers at School workshop
In July, we held the second virtual workshop as part of our Little Troopers at School project. Over 3,000 military children from 150 schools across the UK took part in our mental health and wellbeing workshop.
All-Together Deployment club
In the Autumn 285 little troopers took part in our first All-Together deployment club activities. We organised fiveGo Ape adventure days, a series of online workshops and a teen residential weekend.
Little Troopers Therapy Programme
On World Mental Health Day we launched our Little Troopers Therapy programme. The programme offers support through 1:1 and group sessions. The first group session was held during the Teen Residential. One of the teenagers who took part told us, “It was good to be able to talk about how it feels to have a parent in the army. We could all be honest with each other because everyone in the group has gone through the same thing.”
We finished the year with our Christmas Smiles campaign that supported over 3,000 military children who had a parent deployed over the Festive period.
In addition to everything above, we also:
- Worked with the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum on their Children and Military Lives exhibition.
- Sent out 10,000 copies of Little Troopers Gazette.
- Selected 12 Little Troopers of the Month .
- Hand wrote and sent 203 Birthday Cards.
- Supported families and schools with 4,706 downloads from our website.
Louise added, “I am so proud of everything we achieved last year and cannot wait to get started on our plans for 2023. I would like to start by giving every military family a new year’s resolution. Please help us spread the word about Little Troopers by telling one new friend about our charity.