Bereaved Military Families United at FAB Camps with Support from Scotty’s Little Soldiers

This was our first FAB camp. It really opened our eyes and helped us. It was great to be around other families that really understood how we feel.”
“Truly life changing experience. We will not feel alone again. We came away with a forever family not just friends. My boys felt normal again.”
Just some of the amazing responses from the 30 military families who were supported by Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Friends of FAB (Families’ Activity Breaks) at this year’s FAB Camps.

Working together with Scotty’s Little Soldiers

This summer, FAB teamed up with Scotty’s Little Soldiers to provide specialist bereavement support to FAB as part of our 2021 camp programme.

Scotty’s team: Lorna, Mark and Charlie

Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children and young people (0 to 25 years) who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.  Scotty’s services include guidance to parents and carers, access to professional child bereavement support, 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.

30 bereaved military families attended this year’s FAB camps, which will took place in Coverack in Cornwall and in the Lake District at the end of July and early August. The families enjoyed an adventurous holiday experience within a safe and nurturing environment, encouraging self-confidence, resilience and peer support, whilst having fun. FAB provides an opportunity for the military community to offer practical and emotional support to bereaved families in times of need, and Scotty’s were on hand to provide specialist bereavement support before, during and after the camps.

Karen Tait MBE (FAB) said: “I am delighted that Scotty’s Little Soldiers have agreed to support FAB this year and moving forward. The partnership makes so much sense, a shared end goal of supporting OUR families. I emphasise the OUR because once you are part of the military family you always will be and we are determined to work together to ensure they are all cared for through their bereavement journey.”

FAB mentor, member and volunteer

Lorna Vyse from Scotty’s Little Soldiers, who provided specialist bereavement support alongside her colleagues Mark Hawkins and Charlie Houlder-Moat, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at FAB. We share a common goal to support bereaved Forces families, so to work with them feels like a perfect partnership”. 

Lorna continued: “24 of the 30 families attending this summer’s FAB camps are already known to Scotty’s, so this is an amazing opportunity to not only provide our own members and their families with additional support, but also to help other military families who have experienced the death of a loved one.”

Nikki Scott, Founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, added: “It’s incredible when the military community comes together to ensure our fallen heroes and their families aren’t forgotten. I’ve always admired the work FAB does and I’m so glad Scotty’s are able to help their team ensure that families attending their camps get the specialist bereavement support they need.”

The show must go on (even with Covid restrictions)!

All families have have received a response on their application. We were inundated this year and it breaks our hearts to not be able to offer a place to everyone.  If anyone drops out, we will of course offer those places to families on our reserve list.

With the recent news that Covid guidelines won’t be relaxed on 21 June as planned, our Plan B has been dusted off, reviewed and updated.  If restrictions remain as they are today (15 June) we are confident that we will be able to go ahead with camps. This may of course mean adjustments to the way we have traditionally run camps, but we’re sure that this is something we can overcome, while ensuring that we operate legally and safely.

As government guidance is updated/published we will confirm and finalise our plans and share them with all families/volunteers before the start of each camp. If you have any concerns in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We’ve booked our camps for 2021!

Here’s something for you to look forward to… we’re delighted to announce that we have booked our camps for 2021.  All subject to changes (of course, we’re used to that now) but pencil them into your diaries now and we’ll let you know when we open up applications for families and volunteers.

We’re returning to Coverack in Cornwall from 24 July and Newlands in the Lake District from 31 July – See the Camps Page for more details on each of the camps.

We hope you’re as excited as we are.

The FAB Committee

 

Hope for 2021

We’re keen to put 2020 behind us and make 2021 a better year for everyone.  We’re working hard behind the scenes to put plans in place for this year. We will of course let you know as soon as we’ve got any news and are we’re excited about the potential of seeing everyone again.  Fingers crossed!

This summer’s FAB Camps have been cancelled

Due to the uncertainty over the Covid-19 virus, it is with great sadness that we have decided to cancel this summer’s FAB Camps.  This was not an easy decision and all possible options were explored by the committee.  The safety of FAB families and volunteers is paramount and the only safe option was for us to cancel.

We would like to thank all of our supporters over the years and we hope to be able to come back to you later in the year with some news on some really exciting new events.  Look our for social media posts throughout the year as we update you on our plans.

We’re thinking of you all through this time – please do not hesitate to reach out should you need it.

With all of our best wishes, the FAB Committee.

 

#FABRemembering

FAB Remembering

The camps are designed to be fun and challenging, both physically and mentally as well as offer you and your family the opportunity to benefit from some much needed peer support. Following some great feedback from the camps in 2019 we will continue to have our ‘fireside introductions’ where we remember our loved ones and light a flame in their memory. We will look to have these a few days in to the camps.  If you wish to bring something to the camp that reminds you of your loved one like a photo, a teddy, a piece of clothing, whatever it is that you and your children would like to reflect and remember your loved one during the session then you can do so.  Details of where and when FABRemembering will take place will be provided on your camp. This is not a mandatory aspect of the camp, but something we feel would allow all of us to connect and support each other in a greater capacity.