SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, supports the person behind the uniform; any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us. Last year, SSAFA helped more than 82,000 people from the Forces family get back on their feet; those currently serving, reserves, veterans and their families.

Support is there for people at any stage in their military career; from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran – no one’s service is ever forgotten. We give hope, help and personal support for as long as it takes to get that person’s life back to where
they want it to be.


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. Once we’ve assessed what is required, we’ll help the individual or family access the required assistance. They may just need someone to listen. More often than not, we put them in touch with the support services
they need to help them get their lives back on track. Whether it’s financial, practical or emotional, we provide the right kind of support – ensuring independence and dignity are protected at all times.


Welfare advice and support — our UK-wide network branches in local communities and service committees on military bases offer practical, financial and emotional support. We help serving personnel, reserves, veterans and their families with everything from financial hardship to family breakdown.

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 provide support to make sure families also have the help they need and offer a free confidential helpline, Forcesline, to give a wide range of financial, practical and emotional 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 serving personnel.

Health and social care services — we provide primary and community health care, as well as social work services, on contract to the MOD in 12 countries, including the UK.

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.

0207 403 8783

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Not for profit, Charities