SSAFA The Armed Forces CharityIn July 2017, our Charity awarded a grant of £287,000 toward SSAFA’s Casework service and Forcesline.

SSAFA’s Casework service provides much-needed welfare advice and support for our soldiers and veterans. Our grant will help with the training of SSAFA’s network of 4,000 caseworker volunteers who meet with potential beneficiaries to find out what help they need and offer support.

SSAFA’s Forcesline is a free and confidential helpline for serving personnel, veterans, reserves and family members. Their team of trained welfare advisers offer emotional and practical help for everything from debt management and addiction, to coping with family breakdown and depression. In the last year, enquiries to Forcesline increased by 16% on the previous year. Our support will ensure that Forcesline continues to offer a sympathetic ear to those in need within the military community.

Making a difference to the quality of life of members of the Army family

Tegan Jones, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA, said: “This generous donation will allow SSAFA to continue delivering vital support to members of the Armed Forces community in need. Providing an evolving and robust system of support and guidance for our beneficiaries is our top priority. This grant will enable SSAFA to ensure that we are able to carry on adapting to the changing needs of soldiers, veterans and their families. We are grateful to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for their assistance”.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff ABF The Soldiers’ Charity added: “SSAFA caseworkers are imperative to soldiers and veterans who need a helping hand, by providing much-needed assistance and care to those in need. We recognise the valuable work that SSAFA undertakes and are very proud to support them.”

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