Welcome to SSAFA

Supporting the person behind the uniform, any time they need us, for life

Debt or homelessness; physical injuries, addiction or mental health struggles; relationship breakdown or bereavement: whatever challenges they’re facing, members of the Armed Forces community can rely on SSAFA.

Our network of more than 5,800 trained volunteers provides practical and emotional support for serving personnel, veterans and military families across the UK and worldwide.

Can we help you?

Currently serving

We support Regulars and Reserves and their families



Our support is for life, whenever you served

Military Families

We'll give a helping hand when you need it


“SSAFA's support has been invaluable in helping me to adjust to a different way of living."

Alex Stringer, Afghanistan veteran

Our Stories

Meet Mandy

Mandy's husband took his life after leaving the Army

Alfred Smith

Meet Alfred

D-Day veteran is a regular at a SSAFA Veterans Club

Want to Support SSAFA? Here's how to get involved

A SSAFA volunteer with serving personnel


Do your bit for our Forces in your community

World War Two veteran Pete who has been helped by SSAFA


Make a difference to all those who serve

When you hand that cheque to SSAFA, it’s so satisfying because the money is going to such a good cause."

Gary, Fundraising Champion

Latest News Stories

  1. SSAFA beneficiary is walking 14,000km to give back to SSAFA

    Veteran Christian Lewis is walking 14,000km to give back to SSAFA

    The single father, who was supported by SSAFA when he found himself homeless, has already raised more than £44,000 for the charity over the last 12 months

  2. SSAFA reports an 11% increase in calls to Forcesline

    The first half of 2018 saw SSAFA receiving more than 14,000 calls or emails to the free helpline for serving personnel, veterans and their families

  3. The Army Central Fund awards £160,000 toward Norton House Stanford Hall

    The Army Central Fund awards £160,000 toward Norton House Stanford Hall

    Generous funding ensures those undergoing rehabilitation at the Defence National Recovery Centre can be easily visited by their families

  4. Thank you to the RNRMC

    The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity awards £103,500 to SSAFA

    Generous grants will help SSAFA support members of the Naval family

  5. ABF The Soldiers' Charity supports SSAFA

    Awards £346,251 in grants to support SSAFA’s casework service, Forcesline and Norton House Stanford Hall

  6. Ant Middleton Fund launches

    Special Forces veteran and TV star teams up with SSAFA

    Ant Middleton launches campaign to help veterans get back on their feet

More Ways to Support SSAFA


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Did You Know....?

SSAFA (originally called the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association) has been supporting the Armed Forces family for more than 130 years. In 2018, our work continues to be as vital to the military community and wider society as it was one hundred years ago.

Our history

130 years of support for the Armed Forces family

Our Impact in 2017

See how we helped the Armed Forces family in 2017

Joining Forces with Age UK

Improving the quality of life for older veterans