What is SSAFA and what does it do?
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity –formerly known as The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association –is a 133-year-old charity who support more than 73,000 people from the Forces family every year. Their thousands of volunteers, all of whom are professionally trained, assess the needs of those currently serving, veterans and their families when they need help. Most of its volunteers are caseworkers who offer personalised support to those who have turned to SSAFA because they are simply struggling to cope. The volunteers source what is needed; whether it is someone to talk to, assistance with medical appointments, debt advice or basic issues such as helping to repair a broken fridge. Volunteers can help find funding for a Second World War veteran with mobility problems, mentoring a recent service leaver struggling to adapt to civilian life or supporting a family of someone who’s been deployed.
If you want to get involved with mentoring or other volunteering opportunities with SSAFA, visit www.ssafa.org.uk/volunteer
to find out what roles are available in your area.