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Hello! Welcome to our website. We are Nickie Young and Jess Greenhalgh – North Yorkshire’s Service Children's Champions. This unique role was created by North Yorkshire County Council to provide extra support for the large numbers of Service children in the County.  There are currently two Service Children's Champions in North Yorkshire (though we often feel there needs to be at least double that number!) We work 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. Nickie covers the many schools around the Catterick and Richmondshire area, and Jess is based in the Ripon area but covers schools linked to various Army barracks/RAF bases across the rest of North Yorkshire.

We offer one to one sessions for any Service children who are finding things hard emotionally, where children have a safe space to talk about their worries and anxieties, and hopefully help them to find a positive way forward. With us both having lives completely embedded in the Armed Forces, we more than understand the challenges military life can bring and we can often very much relate!

Through discussions with schools, we offer workshops and short programmes to groups of children based around emotional well-being.  These workshops and programmes are varied and are suitable for all school children aged 4 upwards.  There are workshops to help children and young people understand and deal with anxiety, and also around self-esteem which revolves around being kind.  The programme also covers things like keeping safe, being a good friend and dealing with emotions.


For Service families who are new to the area, or are worried about their child, we can offer support and signposting where needed.  We can also act as a bridge between school and the Forces and offer neutral, confidential support, outside the chain of command.


Service child definition

A person whose parent, or carer, serves in the regular armed forces, or as a reservist, or has done at any point during the first 25 years of that person’s life.

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