With the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, Children 1st are able to help thousands of children transform their lives each year.
As Scotland's National Children's charity, they support children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events during childhood. Last year alone, players of People's Postcode Lottery generously supported Children 1st with an incredible £700,000, enabling the charity to support over 10,000 children, young people, and their families.
One of the children helped was nine-year-old Flynn, who was a witness to domestic abuse. Flynn's mum was very worried about him, as he would have angry outbursts and his behaviour was becoming uncontrollable. Flynn's mum said he was so traumatised by what he had experienced that he wouldn't talk about his dad and couldn't even use the word 'dad' when talking about him.
With help from Karen, a support worker at Children 1st, Flynn began to open up about his dad and how fearful he was that he would come back. Through weekly support sessions, Flynn talked about the frightening things he had witnessed. After only six weeks of Flynn working with Karen, his mum had noticed a huge change in him and said he was a "different boy".
Flynn said, "Children 1st have been a great help, I'm a lot calmer now and not as angry."
Even Flynn's head teacher noticed a big change in him. "I have seen a tremendous difference in Flynn since Children 1st have been supporting him. He is a changed boy. He has grown in confidence and has joined the school choir – something I couldn`t have imagined happening a year ago! I am so proud of Flynn now. Keep it up!"
Since 2008, players of People's Postcode Lottery have provided over £4.7 Million to support the work of Children 1st, helping improve the lives of over 70,000 children, young people and their families across Scotland.