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Service Pupils' Champion is a unique role which was created by North Yorkshire County Council to provide extra support for the large numbers of Service children in the County.  There are two Service Pupils' Champions in North Yorkshire working to support the emotional well-being and social development of children and young people aged 5-18, especially during periods of active deployment and exercise and at times of transition.  The Service Pupils' Champions aim to strengthen the pupil voice by promoting and developing the work of MKC Heroes currently established in many of the schools in North Yorkshire.

Jessica Greenhalgh

I’m an RAF wife and Mummy to three - a 5 year old daughter and 1 year old twin boys! My little girl has had 4 nursery/school moves already, and we moved from Yorkshire to Oxfordshire when the boys were only 10 weeks old - so I am familiar with the changes, moves, separation from families and other challenges that service families face. My background is in primary teaching; I graduated in 2012 and I have had lots of experience working with many unique children from varying backgrounds. 

 

Since beginning my own family, I developed a keen interest in supporting service children in schools, especially knowing my own children will be facing similar challenges to those service pupils I have worked with during my teaching career. Starting this new role as a Service Pupils’ Champion is really exciting for me as I can now really focus on that passion to help service families like my own!

 

Nickie Young

 I have been part of an Army family all my life and have experienced the frequent moves and changes in home, school and friends as an Army child, wife and Mummy.  This year my husband left the Army after many years of Service and we are now embarking on a new adventure - being civilians!

Since becoming an SPC five years ago I have become increasingly interested in the impact that being part of a Military family can have on mental health, both for children and their parents.  I was delighted to receive training in Emotional First Aid from Solent NHS and try to apply its principles when supporting children and their families.  I developed a series of Anxiety Workshops which we have been able to offer to schools in North Yorkshire which give children an understanding of anxiety and help them develop tools to overcome it.

 

Aside from working with children and schools, my favourite part of being an SPC is our annual Armed Forces Day event - you should check out the photos from this year!

 

We would be happy to meet with any Service children or their families who feel they need support and offer a listening ear.  It may be that you have concerns about your child or, if you are new to the area, need advice or signposting.

We can also act as a bridge between school and the Forces and offer neutral, confidential support, outside the chain of command.

Please contact us if you would like further information or support.

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