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SSCE Cymru Engaging with SSCE Cymru

SSCE Cymru Programme Manager

Millie Taylor

millie.taylor@wlga.gov.uk
02920 468616

Millie took over managing the SSCE Cymru programme at the beginning of 2018, with a focus on setting strategic goals and a mission that would expand the support available to Service children in Wales. As an advocate for Service children, Millie is always keen to speak with them directly and has coordinated activities to involve Service children in the work of SSCE Cymru. Millie has created many opportunities for collaboration in Wales and is always keen to share good practice with organisations across the UK.

In previous roles within education, Millie has experience and knowledge of project management, marketing and communications and international curriculum and qualifications. Millie is a qualified PRINCE 2 Project Management Practitioner, has a degree in Psychological Studies and is currently participating in the COBSEO Clore Leadership programme funded by the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

The highlight of Millie’s professional career was being one of the three finalists in the Youth/Cadet category of Armed Forces in Wales awards 2019.

Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLO) for Service Children

In collaboration with 160th (Welsh) Brigade, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) secured funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to appoint four RSLOs for a two-year project starting in September 2020.

Hosted by four lead local authorities, the Isle of Anglesey, Newport, Pembrokeshire and the Vale of Glamorgan, the RSLOs work regionally and are each responsible for the activities in five/six local authorities.

The RSLOs work collaboratively with the SSCE Cymru Programme Manager to deliver activities linked to the workplan that was developed in collaboration with the SSCE Cymru Network members; focused on supporting schools to understand the experiences and needs of Service children and embed activities that will ensure sustainable support systems.

Ways that the RSLOs can work with and support schools include:

  • Running/facilitating discussion groups with Service children
  • Developing an understanding of how a school can utilise the SSCE Cymru Toolkit and Tools
  • Identifying good practice that can be shared with other schools in Wales
  • Supporting collaboration opportunities
  • Identifying actions/activities that a school can carry out to support their Service children and Armed Forces community
  • Delivering training sessions to raise awareness on the experiences of Service children
  • Providing advice and support to access and use funding to support Service children.

RSLO map

RSLO North Wales

Nia Williams

NiaWilliams5@ynysmon.gov.uk
07813 720083

Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey and Wrexham


Nia Williams

RSLO East Wales

Caitlin Woodland

Caitlin.woodland@newport.gov.uk
07929 861170

Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and Powys


Caitlin Woodland

RSLO South Wales

Annabel Harries

aharries@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
07894 708672

Bridgend, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhonda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan


Annabel Harries

RSLO West Wales

Not yet appointed

 

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea


Not yet appointed

SSCE Cymru Network

The SSCE Cymru network now has over 400 members, made up of schools, local authorities, elected members, Armed Forces personnel and charities, support organisations and education professionals.

All members of the network have an interest in the education of Service children in Wales. The network contribute content to the SSCE Cymru quarterly newsletters, help to promote the resources, material and support provided by SSCE Cymru and are kept up to date with the latest developments in supporting Service children.

By joining the SSCE Cymru network, you are signing up to receive relevant communications from SSCE Cymru. This will include, the quarterly newsletter, information about funding to support Service children in education and invitations to SSCE Cymru events. Your contact details will be kept by SSCE Cymru and will not be shared without prior approval. To opt out of the SSCE Cymru network, contact SSCECymru@wlga.gov.uk

 

If you would like to join the SSCE Cymru Network, please complete the following form:

Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."

Aiden

"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."

Ashim

"In my eyes you have hundreds of friends in different places."

Chloe

"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times it’s just a normal thing now."

Chloe

"It's ok talking over skype and that but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."

Georgia

"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, its adventurous and exciting."

Harry

"In my eyes you have hundreds of friends in different places."

Ieuan

"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."

Mia

"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."

Oliver

"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."

Ryan

"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."

Shana

"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."

Sianed

"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there’, but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"

Sanjog

"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."

Lewis

"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."

Piaras

"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."

Dan