Goughs Charity of the Year

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Charity of the year Scotty's Little Soldiers

Our charity of the year from April 2024 is Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting military children and young people (0 to 25 years) who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces. 

 Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott, following the death of her husband Corporal Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity, which was set up in 2010, provides support and guidance to hundreds of bereaved military children and young people throughout their childhood.

About Scotty's

Scotty’s currently supports over 650 members and services offered include access to child bereavement support, guidance to parents and carers, personal education and learning assistance (including grants), and fun activities such as holiday respite breaks and group events. These are all designed to remind the children and young people supported by Scotty’s that they are not alone.  

Scotty’s services are delivered through four Family Programmes:  

  • The SMILES Programme is all about fun and engagement and includes activities, gifts, respite breaks and group events to help bereaved military children and young people smile again and remind them they are part of a supportive community.
  • The SUPPORT Programme looks after emotional health and wellbeing and includes 1:1 bereavement support.
  • The STRIDES Programme focuses on education and development needs and promotes a positive attitude to learning.
  • The SPRINGBOARD Programme provides support to young adults ages 18-25 and assists with opportunities to develop their education and learning, build a career and enhance life skills.

Our charity of the year process

With our Charity of the Year initiative, we aim to apply our Goughs values of trust, teamwork, engagement, excellence and accountability beyond our immediate reach. We achieve this by supporting charitable causes to make a tangible difference within the Wiltshire communities we serve and with them, our clients and employees.

At Goughs we have a strong track record of building successful corporate partnerships with our respective Charities of the Year, having supported a wide variety of causes over the years. Our teams are passionate about getting involved in a varied and creative mix of fundraising efforts, both organised by ourselves and our partner charities. Beyond this we are keen to actively and regularly engage with you throughout the year to explore ways to work together, keeping our relationship dynamic and making the most of our twelve months of collaboration.

In our experience, truly engaging our whole workforce in our charity partnerships is crucial for making the most of the Charity of the Year cooperation. Where this has previously worked well, for example has been through volunteering opportunities for our colleagues which have proven to be a fantastic way of building a deeper and more enduring relationship between our organisations. We are also keen to hear about any events or initiatives you are planning and will encourage and support our colleagues to contribute in any way they can.

November 2024

On 30th November, we will stop taking new applications for our 2025-2026 Charity of the Year.

December 2024

All applications will be reviewed by the Goughs Selection Committee.

February 2025

The Head of Charity will contact the successful Charity.

March 2025

Our marketing team will work with our new charity’s fundraising team to create a 12 month plan of activities including the launch plan for April.

April 2025

We will launch our Charitable partner for the 2025-2026 period.

Working with our respective Charities of the Year has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience for all of us in the past and we are grateful for the opportunities we have been given to get involved.

In essence, all we would like to ask from you is your enthusiasm for our partnership. A passion for sharing your purpose and goals with our colleagues as well as proactiveness to help us foster collaboration in a variety of ways are important to us.

We believe that a dynamic and engaging approach to working together from the start is a main ingredient for the continued fantastic results we achieve with our Charity of the Year initiative.

The application to become our Charity of the Year 2025-2026 is now open! Good luck to all those who enter. 

Click here to apply. 

The chosen Charity will be contacted in March 2025 and officially announced in April. 

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