SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity
Project Category: Registered charity
We’re here for the armed forces!
SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity (the oldest military charity in Britain) supports the person behind the uniform, those currently serving, veterans and their families. Every year we help more than 73,000 people from the Forces family get back on their feet. SSAFA is the charity they can turn to. Support is there for people at any stage in their military career, from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran – no ones service is ever forgotten!
- We have been providing lifelong support to our forces and their families since 1885.
- Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to those who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families.
- SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.
What do we do ?
We offer welfare advice and support (practical, financial and emotional), housing advice as well as health and social care services.
Tailored services – We mentor service leavers and their families as they transition from the military to civilian life, support veterans in the criminal justice system, provide a support service to the UK Gurkha veteran community and have partnered with Age UK to offer a bespoke programme of support for veterans born before 1950, called Joining Forces. We also help older veterans struggling with disability, sourcing practical items such as mobility aids or replacing household goods. We offer a free confidential helpline called Foreceline to give a wide range of support to the Armed Forces community.
We offer long-term accommodation for older and disabled veterans and short-term housing for families of injured service personnel and victims of domestic violence. We also run a series of family support groups, ranging from families affected by injury to bereavement and those affected by the suicide of a loved one. We have a support forum for those in the military who have a family member with an additional need or disability which holds short break holidays for its members. in addition, SSAFA runs the UK’s only adoption agency designed for Armed Forces personnel.
Sometimes even the strongest among us need help. When anyone in our Forces family finds themselves in need, SSAFA is the charity they can turn to!
- Last year SSAFA helped more than 82,000 people from the Forces family.
How we help:
Through our UK-wide branch network, we’ve more than 5,000 volunteers. Of these, we have more than 3,000 trained SSAFA volunteer caseworkers who provide personalised, face-to-face support to those in their local area. Our trained welfare advisors and volunteers work with each person to find out exactly what they need. They may just need someone to listen!
We give hope, help and personal support for as long as it takes to get that persons life back to where they want it to be.
We at our SSAFA branch here in Romford are responsible for our own funding. On a Thursday at the Romford branch we are starting a look and lunch club to help ex veterans gain employment. We mentor and support bereaved families as well as almonising welfare needs.