MILITARY children took part in a free wellbeing and mindfulness workshop hosted by TV broadcasters and run by charity Little Troopers.  

Children from Clarendon Infant and Junior Schools in Tidworth, who have parents serving in the armed forces, attended a two-hour virtual session, which was presented by TV broadcasters Katie Thistleton and Frankie Vu.

Using games, drawings and other fun activities, the children discussed some of the unique challenges that military life can bring, such as having a parent deployed or moving home and school.

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The theme of the workshop was ‘wellbeing and mindfulness’ and the children were taught ways to explore and communicate their emotions when navigating change, including learning mindfulness techniques.   

All of the workshop activities were from the charity’s dedicated Little Troopers at School programme, which was created by education experts to give all schools easily accessible resources to support military children in the classroom. 

Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children who have a parent or parents serving in the British armed forces.

The Little Troopers Primary School workshop was made possible because of grants from ABF The Soldier’s Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, The Armed Forces Education Trust and The Grocers Charity.   

Lucy Daubney, a teacher at Clarendon Infant School, said: "The children enjoyed the workshop and the different activities it had. They particularly enjoyed the feelings game which allowed them to think and discuss their feelings with others."

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “As the school holidays approach, many military families will be coping with deployment or preparing to move home, so we thought this was the ideal time for schools to bring together their service children to give them some tools to help them through and celebrate what it means to be a ‘little trooper’.

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“By running a virtual workshop, our small charity can reach and benefit as many service children as possible and make them feel part of this special network of military children across our armed forces community.” 

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