Following the success of our first school’s workshop we’re inviting primary schools to sign-up to a free virtual wellbeing and mindfulness workshop. On the 7th July we want to bring together service children, in schools across the country, in this online event.
Part of the Little Troopers at School programme, the two-hour workshop will use games, scenarios, drawing and other fun activities to bring military children together. We want to empower them with positive tools to help them cope with the challenges that military life can bring. Through the session, children will be given the opportunity to share their stories, explore their emotions and learn mindfulness techniques. All the children will take home a goodie bag including a pack of positive affirmation cards.
Last year, more than 3,500 service children attended a similar workshop run by the charity. Participating schools told us the session provided “much-needed recognition and support for our forces children”. They added that it was “a safe space [for children] to share and support each other emotionally, whilst eliciting a sense of pride and community spirit.”
This year’s workshop has been made possible thanks to generous grants from ABF The Soldier’s Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and The Grocers Charity.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers comments: “As the school holidays approach, many military families will be coping with deployment or preparing to move home. Now is the ideal time to bring together service children and give them some tools to help them through. Our workshops also celebrate what it means to be a ‘little trooper’.
“By running a virtual workshop, our small charity can reach and benefit as many service children as possible. Being together online makes them feel part of a special network of military children across our Armed Forces community. The children love knowing that they are doing the session at the same time as thousands of others just like them. They will finish the session feeling proud of their identity as a forces’ child.”
The workshop is part of the charity’s broader Little Troopers at School programme which has been running for four years and provides teachers with practical resources to support their military children in the classroom. More than 1,000 schools are signed up to Little Troopers at School.