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  • A veteran at the Big Brew Up event at Armed Forces Day

    SSAFA celebrates Armed Forces Day

    During the week of Armed Forces Day people up and down the country thousands of people showed their support for our Armed Forces and for SSAFA.

  • Serving men and women with the Union Jack flag

    The Armed Forces covenant does no justice to those who serve

    As the nation prepares to celebrate Armed Forces Day, we must ensure that the men and women who have served our country are not disadvantaged by their service.

  • SSAFA volunteers awarded in Queen's Birthday Honours

    SSAFA volunteers listed in the Queen's Birthday Honours

    Congratulations to SSAFA volunteers Shirley Napier and Agnes (Una) Smith on being listed in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015.

  • How SSAFA mentoring helps wounded, injured and sick personnel

    Why we must support Forces leavers as they return to Civvy Street

    We look at some of the challenges that our Armed Forces personnel face when they leave the services and how SSAFA has found a way to support those who are wounded, injured and sick.

  • Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen Big Brew Up SSAFA

    Drink Tea Like a Celeb

    Some of the UK’s biggest household celebrity names have signed and donated their favourite tea mugs to SSAFA, for a celebrity mug auction. The online auction, which celebrates SSAFA’s annual Big Brew Up campaign.

  • Pouring a cup of tea

    Just a drop please…Britain revealed as a nation of builder’s tea drinkers

    The perfect cuppa is a highly personal matter, yet when it comes to tea there’s nothing us Brits love more than a nice strong cup of builder’s tea – our new poll has revealed.

  • Andrew Hughes

    Volunteering for SSAFA

    Andrew spent 12 years in the Royal Navy,now he volunteers for SSAFA as a Publicity Officer. It's his job to make sure people in his local area know all about SSAFA. To celebrate National Volunteers Week Andrew tells us his volunteer story.

  • World War Two veteran honoured by Royal Marine Comrades

    World War Two veteran honoured by Royal Marine Comrades

    A World War Two veteran from Wimbledon has been presented with a Royal Marine Dark Blue beret in recognition of his dedication and service to the Corps.

  • Kettle on, biscuits at the ready....it's time for the Big Brew Up

    There are only 20 days until Big Brew Up week, during that time over 3 billion cups of tea will be drank in Britain alone, why not make some of those count cups count.

  • A SSAFA volunteer with serving personnel

    It's time to say thank you to our volunteers

    During #VolunteersWeek we're saying a big thank you to our volunteers for their fantastic contribution to the Forces family around the world.

  • Disabled ex-Army Corporal breaks world record in aid of SSAFA

    Andy McIntosh, 42 from Strathaven near Glasgow, is a disabled former Army Corporal who has just achieved a new world record by driving a mobility scooter from John O'Groats to Land's End in the shortest time ever.

  • SSAFA Victory ride

    Helmets off to the SSAFA Victory Ride

    At the weekend, SSAFA and Openreach, BT’s local network business, launched the Victory Ride, a brand new fundraising event, inviting cycling enthusiasts to dust off their helmets and take part in a 200 mile ride.

  • Flight Lieutenant Alfred Ashcroft

    SSAFA helps find the family of WW2 hero

    Earlier this year we asked the public to help us find the family of Flight Lieutenant Alfred Edward David Ashcroft so that they could attend the unveiling of a memorial in the Belgium village where he died. On the anniversary of VE Day they did.

  • World War what?

    World War What?

    VE Day may be just five days away, yet more than half of 18-25 year olds have no idea what the event signifies – according to new research.

  • BT Openreach partnership

    Openreach teams up with SSAFA to support military families across the UK

    Openreach, BT’s local network business, has launched the largest charitable tie-up in its history by partnering with SSAFA. The partnership builds on BT’s long standing support for military and ex-military service men and women and will see the two organisations collaborate on a range of fundraising and promotional initiatives.

  • team SSAFA runner Chrissy

    Countdown to the London Marathon

    Team SSAFA runner Chrissy counts down the final days to the London Marathon

  • veteran record attempt

    Disabled veteran to attempt 1,000-mile record for charity

    Andy McIntosh, a disabled ex-Army Corporal, will be attempting to beat the world record for the ‘Fastest journey from John-O’-Groats to Land’s End on an Electric Mobility Vehicle’.

  • Sonia, ex-Marine's wife, in her new wheelchair

    New wheelchair changes the life of ex-Marine's wife

    The wife of a former Royal Marine who lives with severely restricted mobility has regained her independance thanks to SSAFA and a life-changing wheelchair.

  • The full impact of Afghanistan is yet to be seen

    The full impact of Afghanistan is yet to be seen

    David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA, takes a moment to talk about the importance of the Afghanistan Service of Commemoration and the long-term effects of the conflict on the Forces family.

  • Fujitsu lead the way in supporting our Forces and their families

    Fujitsu lead the way in supporting our Forces family

    The major IT systems service experts, Fujitsu UK & Ireland salute our Forces and their families.

  • Celebrating 15 years since the ban on LGB people serving was lifted

    Celebrating 15 years since the ban on LGB people serving was lifted

    This year marks 15 years since the ban on LGB people serving in the military was lifted. To celebrate LGBT History Month Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall, tells us about the journey so far.

  • 130 years of supporting the Forces family

    130 years of supporting the Forces family

    This February marks 130 years of supporting our Armed Forces families.

  • Join our team of community fundraisers!

    Join our team of Community Fundraisers

    All over the world people are cycling, baking cakes and holding parties to raise money to support our work. Now we’re asking you to join them!

  • Found true love online whilst at war in Afghanistan

    I found my true love online whilst he was at war in Afghanistan

    Lisa met Alex online half way through a six month tour of Afghanistan in 2007. When he returned they faced their own battles but with the help of SSAFA the couple are stronger than ever - and now they are expecting a baby.

  • Do you know this WW2 hero?

    Do you know this World War Two hero?

    We are trying to find the relatives of this WW2 hero so that they can attend the unveiling of a plaque in his honour at the site where he was killed.

  • volunteer recognised for services to military in germany

    SSAFA Volunteer recognised for her services to the military community in Germany

    SSAFA volunteer Bridgette Nulty, has received a Commendation from General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1(UK) Division, British Forces Germany.

  • Ian Westall blog

    Do’s and don'ts of Third Sector job applications

    Want to work in the Third Sector? Do’s and don’ts of job applications from our in-house HR Professional.

  • SSAFA volunteers awarded in New Year's Honours

    SSAFA volunteers awarded in New Year's Honours

    Congratulations to three of our volunteers for their awards: Michael Mogridge, Jean Davidson and John Wilson.

  • A Christmas homecoming: Jenna's story

    A Christmas homecoming: Jenna's story

    Jenna and her daughter Isabella can't wait to welcome home their fiance and daddy for Christmas.

  • Our first Christmas since the injury: Amie looks back

    Amie looks back at their first family Christmas since her husband Kev was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

  • SSAFA sponsors 'A Night of Heroes'

    SSAFA sponsors 'A Night of Heroes'

    As the nation tunes in to ITV tomorrow to watch ‘A Night of Heroes’, the Sun Newspaper’s Military Awards for 2014, viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about SSAFA.

  • SSAFA Flying the flag for military families

    SSAFA Flying the flag for military families

    SSAFA is delighted to be shortlisted for the AFF Employer of the Year Award, which celebrates military spouses and raises awareness of what employers can do to support them.

  • Stuck for a Christmas gift? Take a look at our Christmas gift guide. From poetry to cheese - there's something for everyone!

    SSAFA's Christmas gift guide

    Stuck for a Christmas gift? Take a look at our Christmas gift guide. From poetry to cheese - there's something for everyone!

  • Why we must never forget

    Why we must never forget

    David Murray, SSAFA Chief Executive, explains why welcoming the last Afghanistan troops home for Christmas must not mark the end of our support.

  • A soldier's Christmas: Len remembers Christmas during World War Two

    A soldier's Christmas: Len remembers Christmas during World War Two

    D-Day veteran Len remembers spending Christmas away from home during World War Two and salutes those he left behind.

  • Historical fiction novel released in aid of SSAFA

    Historical fiction novel released in aid of SSAFA

    Historical fiction novelist Alex Janaway partners with SSAFA for his latest page-turner set in 17th century Tangier.

  • Military Wives Choir World War One Prom

    BBC documentary tells story of the Military Wives Choir’s amazing World War One commemoration

  • SSAFA commended for innovative social work practice

    SSAFA commended for innovative social work practice

    SSAFA has received national recognition for its practical, emotional and financial support of military families after winning a top prize at the prestigious Social Worker of the Year Awards.

  • Glasgow Helping Heroes wins mental health excellence award

    Glasgow Helping Heroes wins mental health excellence award

    Glasgow Helping Heroes (GHH) has picked up a top national award for its work helping and supporting service personnel and veterans experiencing mental health problems.

  • 100 years since SSAFA Christmas Ship arrives in the UK

    100 years since SSAFA Christmas Ship arrives in the UK

    In 1914 the 'Santa Claus' ship USS Jason arrived in England packed with 5,000,000 gifts for children in Europe. SSAFA volunteers were on hand to distribute them.

  • SSAFA Win No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year

    SSAFA Win No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year

    SSAFA has won the Best Workplace Activity campaign in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year competition.

  • Commemorative Rose planted by HRH Princess Alexandra

    Commemorative Rose planted by HRH Princess Alexandra

    Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, KG, GCVO visited the SSAFA Royal Homes to plant a rose bush using the same spade that had been used by her great grandmother, Queen Alexandra over 100 years ago.

  • SSAFA Scotland focus on 'working together'

    SSAFA Scotland focus on 'working together'

    Over 100 SSAFA volunteers have gathered for the 2014 Scotland Conference. Hosted by SSAFA, it focused on best practice and greater visibility across the Scotland-based military charity sector.

  • Dstl superheroes show their support for SSAFA

    Dstl superheroes show their support for SSAFA

    Earlier this month, staff at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) dressed as their favourite superheroes and supervillains to raise money for our forces and their families this Centenary.

  • Exhibition pays moving tribute to lost loved ones

    Exhibition pays moving tribute to lost loved ones

    Young members of SSAFA’s Bereaved Siblings Support Group have staged an exhibition of their own work remembering those who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • A personal commemoration of World War One

    A personal commemoration of World War One

    On Remembrance Weekend, we hear from veteran Ron Crisp about his personal act of remembrance for his namesake uncle who died fighting in World War One.

  • How poetry keeps my brother with me

    How poetry keeps my brother with me

    Karla Ellis, a founding member of our Bereaved Siblings Support Group, explains how writing has helped her cope after losing her brother in Iraq.

  • Keeping siblings together through adoption

    Keeping siblings together through adoption

    SSAFA's Adoption Manager Corienne Strange tells us about the need for people to adopt siblings, older children and those with more complex needs.

  • Latest news on the Poppies at the Tower

    Latest news on the Poppies at the Tower

    An update on the Poppies at the Tower World War One commemorative installation at the Tower of London, including news of a VAT waiver by the Chancellor.

  • Adopting with SSAFA

    Adopting with SSAFA

    Adoptive parents Louise and Richard tell us about the struggles of adopting and how SSAFA were able to help.

  • Stars join SSAFA's #MySalute campaign for our Armed Forces

    Stars join SSAFA's #MySalute campaign for our Armed Forces

    Stars, serving families and civilians are helping SSAFA to welcome home our troops from Afghanistan with their selfie photos.

  • SSAFA helps serving personnel to provide 'forever families' for adoptive children

    SSAFA helps serving personnel to provide 'forever families' for adoptive children

    Forces families who are considering adopting a child can access specialist support from SSAFA. As the only national adoption agency for Forces Families SSAFA hopes National Adoption Week will encourage more people to come forward.