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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.

Annabel Hall

Annabel Hall, Service Pupils' ChampionAnnabel Hall, Service Pupils' Champion

 Annabel has been part of an Army family for 16 years, experiencing the frequent moves, changes in home, school and work and long periods of separation familiar to many service families.  Annabel has two children, in Years 11 and 6 and so has also experienced the impact that the service lifestyle has on children.


Over the past 18months Annabel has developed a keen interest in SEND and the issues that service families can face when moving from one area to another.  To support this interest and her knowledge, Annabel has undertaken training with SENDIASS which enables her to better support service families who are facing issues with their child’s SEND provision.


Annabel works with families and schools linked to Claro Barracks, Ripon, AAC Dishforth, RAF Leeming, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Alanbrooke Barracks at Topcliffe and AFC Harrogate.

Nickie Young

Nickie Young, Service Pupils' ChampionNickie Young, Service Pupils' Champion

Nickie has been part of an Army family all her life! As an Army child, wife and Mummy, Nickie has experienced the frequent moves, changes in home, school and work and long periods of separation familiar to service families.   


Nickie has become increasingly interested in impact that being part of a service family can have on a child’s mental health and therefore was delighted that she and Annabel were able to take part in Emotional First Aid training with Solent NHS trust and can now offer Emotional First Aid Training to parents and colleagues. 


Nickie works with families and schools linked to Catterick Garrison.


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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