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


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


Do your bit for our Forces in your community


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. Celebrating National Adoption Week

    Did you know SSAFA has helped bring together hundreds of military families through its registered adoption agency?

  2. Coronation Street actor and SSAFA Ambassador Antony Cotton

    Celebrities Highlight Personal Sacrifices of Armed Forces

    Celebs including Antony Cotton, Kelly Holmes, Dan Snow and Dame Vera Lynn share their thoughts on the 'missed moments' experienced by military families

  3. The Weatherall Family

    New Survey Reveals the Personal Sacrifices made by Forces Families

    More than half of military families have been apart for once-in-a-lifetime moments like the birth of a child

  4. First-Season Success for SSAFA-Supported UKAF Volleyball Teams

    New UK Armed Forces Men's and Women's Teams Progress in National Competitions

  5. Female Veterans Feel Less Supported than Men

    Survey reveals almost half of female veterans feel less supported than their male counterparts when leaving the Forces

  6. 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

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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