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Why are we doing this?

We want to help people to better understand what it’s like to be a forces child today. Forces children are obviously the experts, so we’re going to work with them directly to co-produce a campaign. This is going to be a positive campaign, something that forces children are proud of. 

For the young people who get involved, the project will provide a creative opportunity to share their lived experience and co-create a powerful campaign that will help people understand the lives they lead.

What will we do and where?

To begin with, we will work together for seven days during the summerholidays – Monday 18th to Sunday 24th July 2022. Participants will need to be available for the whole week. 

We’ll be staying at Edinburgh Napier University for the week. The group will be supervised at all times; we’ll be working together during the day, then in the evenings there will be qualified youth workers on hand to look after everyone. Effervescent will organise transport and food. 

Intotalthere’ll be about twenty of us in the team, a mixture of young people aged 13 – 19 and professionals.  

If a young person who applies is under 18, we’ll get in touch with their parent/guardian to make sure they have all the details and that we have consent for their child to attend. 

The sessionswill be a mixture of thinking and researching, combined with being quite playful and experimenting with creative ideas together. It’s a group effort where everyone is helped to feel confident and to take part fully;this is a place where everyone can be themselves. 

A few weeks later we’ll spend another weekend working on our ideas together – Saturday 20th  and Sunday 21st August. This time though we’ll get together remotely using Zoom. If a young person doesn’t have access to a computer or very good internet, we can help with that. 

Afterthat we’ll stay intouch anddevelop the campaign together over a few months; the young co-designers can get involved in whichever parts they’re interested in when they have time.  

“ One thing about being part of the creative team is that you’re always learning new things. Whether that’s from people within the team or people that we’ve hired from outside.  ”

Young Co-Designer 

What will the young people get out of it?

First of all, we hope they’ll have a great time! They’ll meet new people and do things they may not otherwise get the chance to. We also hope they’ll learn some new skills. Our process is demanding, there’s a lot of thinking, but it’s also playful and fun. 

Once the work is complete, we will have created a professional campaign together. We’re proud to have a proven track record of making campaigns that are challenging, beautiful and inspiring. 

Don’t worry if the young person you’re thinking of is shy. Everyone will help each other during the week. We’ll also do lots of creative activities that are designed to build people’s confidence and help them make friends. 

“ It made me feel like I’m part of something bigger. It feels like I've got a family that understand and know how I feel and have felt.  ”

Young Co-Designer 

Do the participants have to pay?

No, we dont expect the participants or their parents/guardians to pay for anything. Forces Children Scotland will cover the cost of accommodation, travel and food. 

Will anyone be expected to take part in filming or talking to the media?

Only if they want to. If any young person would like to do this and the opportunity arises, they will be supported by staff from Effervescent and/or Forces Children Scotland 

We will use the workshop in July to design the campaign together. That will involve playing with photography and film, but we won’t be filming any adverts. 

We may shoot some behind-the-scenes footage, but thatwill be with everyone’s permission. We will send photo consent forms for parents/guardians to sign of their child is offered a place, and before we start working together in July. 


Who are Effervescent?

We are a specialist charity that works with groups of children and young people to create professional creative campaigns about issues that are important to them. 

All ofour team are trained in safeguarding; we are insured to do this work; we are trained in teaching, youth work, trauma, risk-assessment and counselling; and we and our Board of Trustees have Enhanced Disclosures.    

If you’d like any more information about Effervescent you can call Phil on 07592 539 823 or email [email protected] 

We’re passionate about giving young people a voice and we’re really excited to be working on this project with Forces Children Scotland. 


How young people can get involved


There are a limited number of places available, and we need to make sure the group has a balance of different people with different experiences and different lives. 

When a young person’s application is selected, we’ll let them know and ask for the name of a trusted adult that we can get in touch with. We will send the named, trusted adult anApplicant Reference form, which needs to be sent back to us by date. 

If you are filling in the form, we may need tospeak with you for clarification or to get some more detail – to make sure we can keep everyone safe and meet their needs. 

If their application doesn’t get through, we’ll also let them know.If they don’t get invited to take part, it will be because we had to balance the group in terms of ages, backgrounds, experiences, etc.  We’ll let them know if there are any other ways to get involved with the campaignlater on.

How we treat information from the application to take part

The information provided will be treatedconfidentially by Effervescent.The data will be held securelyuntil the end of the project and then destroyed. 

The information given will not be shared except when specific permission has been given.If you wish to remove your consent or information at any time, please email[email protected]. 

Information For Young people

Information For Parents