Grant will help pupils from service families

Carl Etholen
Carl Etholen

An education support service for children from military families has beengiven nearly £300,000 to expand its operations.

The Service Children Support Network gives youngsters additional support, recognising the extra pressures they face from the context of Service life – such as regularly moving from one area to another.

It was founded in 2008 by chairman of Halton Community Combined School, Joy O’Neill.

It has been given £280,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Libor Fund to expand their programme in Buckinghamshire, placing family support coordinators in schools to provide tailored support.

The network has links with Bucks County Council and the authority’s chairman Carl Etholen said: “This signals the very high value placed on the work of the Service Children’s Support Network here in Buckinghamshire.

Mr Etholen, who is is also the county’s official Armed Forces Champion, added: “I’m delighted that Joy O’Neill’s tireless work has won recognition at national level, and that the network is playing a valuable role as a model for similar work in other parts of the country.”

The government created the £35 million fund from fines levied on the banks attempting to manipulate the Linor interest rate. It is specifically for military causes.