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Upcoming SSCE Cymru events MAY SSCE Cymru drop-in sessions

MAY SSCE Cymru drop-in sessions

1/05/2024 31/05/2024

Each month SSCE Cymru host a series of informal one-hour drop-in sessions focusing on specific themes. Come along to any of the sessions that interest you, where members of the SSCE Cymru team will share relevant information, promote resources, coordinate discussions, answer your questions and create opportunities for collaboration.

See the timetable for May and joining instructions below.

NOTE: if you'd like to converses in Welsh during the drop-in session, please contact SSCECymru@wlga.gov.uk in advance so we can ensure this can be facilitated.

Drop-in session themes

Armed Forces Friendly Schools (AFFS) Cymru

Led by the SSCE Cymru School Liaison Officers, these drop-in sessions will help schools in Wales understand how they can understand the experiences of Service children, engage with the Armed Forces community and embed support for Service children by working towards achieving your AFFS Cymru bronze, silver and then gold status. We will provide an overview of the requirements, share examples of good practice and answer questions to help you understand how to implement items on the checklist.

Service children voice

Led by the SSCE Cymru Participation Lead Officer, these drop-in sessions will help schools in Wales understand how they can listen to Service children in order to support them in the most effective way. We will help you understand the importance of actively listening to your Service children, share examples of good practice, discuss opportunities for Service children ambassadors and support you in setting up a Little Troopers club (Primary) or Forces Life club (Secondary).

Funding for supporting Service children

Led by the SSCE Cymru Programme Manager, these drop-in sessions are available to support schools and local authorities in Wales with accessing funding to support Service children in education. We will raise awareness of relevant grant funding streams, share examples of good practice, answer questions, promote resources and discuss collaboration opportunities.

Local Authority Action Plan

Led by the SSCE Cymru Programme Manager, these drop-in sessions are available to support local authorities in Wales with implementing their Local Authority Action Plan (LA AP), which has been developed during the MOD Local Authority Partnership (LAP) group meeting. We will share examples of good practice, answer questions, and discuss collaboration opportunities.

SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit

Led by the SSCE Cymru School Liaison Officers, in collaboration with the SCiP Alliance Engagement Manager, these drop-in sessions will help schools in Wales understand how to use the SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit and other resources. We will provide an overview of the Toolkit, share examples of good practice, explain how the Toolkit links to the Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru status and answer questions to help you understand how to utilise these resources.

Armed Forces Day

Led by the SSCE Cymru School Liaison Officers, these drop-in sessions are available for education settings in Wales to join discussions about participating in Armed Forces Day. We will share some examples of celebrating Service children's experiences, suggest ways tot engage with your Armed Forces community and share ideas of how to get creative and celebrate in the lead up to Armed Forces Day in June.

Timetable

 

    Wednesday 1st Thursday 2nd Friday 3rd
     

 10:00

 Funding for supporting Service children

 
Monday 6th Tuesday 7th Wednesday 8th Thursday 9th Friday 10th
 

 14:00

 Funding for supporting Service children

 10:00

 Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru

 10:00

 Local Authority Action Plan

 14:00

 SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit

 
Monday 13th Tuesday 14th Wednesday 15th Thursday 16th Friday 17th

 15:00

 Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru

 15:00

 Funding for supporting Service children

 10:00

 Armed Forces Day

 14:00

 Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru

 10:00

 Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru

 14:00

 Service children voice 

 
Monday 20th Tuesday 21st Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd Friday 24th

10:00

SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit
CANCELLED

 15:00

 Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru

 10:00

 Service children voice CANCELLED

 14:00

 Local Authority Action Plan

 14:00

 Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru

 

 

Joining instructions

To join one of the above drop-in sessions, simply click on the link at the time that the meeting is due to take place.

Or, to add the drop-in session to your digital calendar, follow these simple steps:

1. Right click on the event name/time above that you'd like to attend

2. Click 'Copy link'

3. Open up your digital calendar (i.e. Microsoft Teams)

4. Schedule a new appointment / new meeting for the date and time the drop-in session is scheduled

5. Title the appointment / meeting (e.g. "SSCE Cymru drop-in session AFFS Cymru")

6. In the main body, right click and paste the meeting link

7. At the scheduled time, click the link to join the drop-in session.

 

Please send any queries to SSCECymru@wlga.gov.uk 

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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, it's 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