SSAFA's family values

Our family values guide everything we do.


Our lifelong support for our Forces and their families is reflected in everything we do. So if you need help, we’ll be here for you, through thick and thin, until the job is done.


SSAFA is a charity that does whatever it takes to get things done. We provide practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and the families of both, every single day of the year.


We understand that your time in the Forces can have an impact, now and in the future. But the challenges everyone faces are different, so whatever the problem is, we’ll find a way to solve it.


Over 125 years of support

James Gildea

The history of SSAFA is the history of the men and women of Britain’s Forces and their families.

The vision and drive of one man stands at the heart of the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity. In February 1885, as the Second Expeditionary Force set sail for Egypt, Major James Gildea wrote to The Times appealing for funds and volunteers to look after families left behind. Within three months, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association was born. Since then, we've supported millions of people, and millions more are eligible for help.

Through two World Wars and every subsequent conflict involving Britain, SSAFA has been here for our servicemen and women and their families. The ability to adapt quickly to their needs is still at the heart of everything we do. We never stand still, so our new services provide vital support wherever and whenever it is most needed.

Faces of SSAFA

SSAFA Stories

SSAFA is all about people. The people we support and the people who help us. Read some of their stories.

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Military Wives Choirs Foundation

Military Wives Choirs

The Military Wives Choirs Foundation brings women in the military community closer together through singing. (It’s a subsidiary charity of SSAFA).

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Work of SSAFA

Work for SSAFA

We have a team of more than 700 professional staff.

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Media & Publications

Media & Publications

We have some great stories to tell and are always available to comment on news items. Our Impact Report and Annual Report are here too.

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