SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity supports the person behind the uniform. 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. They give hope, help and personal support for as long as it takes.
Founded in 1885, SSAFA is the UK’s oldest national Armed Forces charity. It is not the most well-known, but the effect it has is dramatic. Quietly and effectively working away, this charity helps more than 73,000 people from the Forces family get on their feet; those currently serving, reserves, veterans and their families.
You could fill the O2 Arena 3 times over with the number of people SSAFA helps every year.
SSAFA is made up from over 7,000 staff and volunteers; in every town, village and city across the UK. Their volunteers visit, listen and fix the issues faced by our military community.
Largely, because they are volunteers, they can prove that 93p of every £1 donation goes to help people. This is one of the best in the UK.
SSAFA also have Norton Homes that provide free accommodation for the families of service men and women receiving long-term rehabilitation.