Welcome to the pages of SSAFA Clwyd
Welcome to the pages of SSAFA Clwyd. We are a branch of SSAFA based on the old boundaries of the old County of Clwyd. There are four divisions within the branch Flintshire, Denbighshire, Wrexham and Colwyn. Apart from Colwyn which covers from Kinmel Bay to Penrhyn Bay the Divisions follow local authority boundaries. We have a Branch Secretary who's contact details can be found on this page and four divisional secretaries and an army of volunteer caseworkers. Should you require any assistance your first point of call should be the Branch Secretary who will arrange for you to be visited if appropriate.
Brave Volunteers Raise Money for SSAFA
Tracey from SSAFA Clwyd and Lucy from SSAFA Shropshire need your Donations
Brave SSAFA VOLUNTEERS from Clwyd and Shropshire Tracey Smith and Lucy Denton will be conquering their fear of heights later on this month to raise funds for SSAFA Clwyd and SSAFA Shropshire. The two volunteers met at Shrewsbury Food Fair last year and planned the daredevil events during the following months. Both Tracy and Lucy have family members who have been in the armed forces and they hatched a cunning plan for a spectacular fundraiser to raise money for both branches they volunteer in.
On Sunday morning the 25th of June t 7am the girls will undertake the first Zip Wire Challenge at Zip World in Bethesda. They will then move on to the Zip Safari before travelling across counties to Trevor Rocks just outside Llangollen for three abseils.
THEY NEED SPONSORS www.gofundme.com/ziploneforssafa
SSAFA CASEWORKER TRAINING COMES TO SSAFA CLWYD
Lead by Janice from Central Office Caseworker Training in Coedpoeth
For three days between April 25th and April 27th 10 SSAFA volunteere undertook Caseworker Training at Plas Pentywyn COEDPOETH. Nine of the volunteers were from SSAFA Clwyd with one brave delegate from Oxfordshire.
The volunteers were introduced to the intricacies of SSAFA Casework and instructed on all aspects of this.
Many thanks to Eric Holmwood SSAFA Clwyd Volunteer for the photograph.
Watch this space for a full report on the training days from Eric.
Many thanks to Janice for an enjoyable training event and to the staff at Plas Pentywyn for their hospitality
If you know anyone who would be interested in volunteering for SSAFA Clwyd please contact the Branch for further details.
Have You Got Time To Spare to Volunteer?
Looking for the next generation of volunteers
SSAFA Clwyd is a branch of the oldest Armed Forces Charity in the UK. Most of SSAFAs work is carried out by volunteers supported by paid staff in Central Office in London.
SSAFA Clwyd covers the old Unitary Authority of Clwyds area and consists of four divisions namely Colwyn, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.
We are always seeking new volunteers for various roles within the Branch including Casework and Fundraising.
Comprehensive training is provided and out of pocket expenses are paid in return for your services and an opportunity to be part of the oldest Armed Forces Charity in the U.K.
If you are interested in knowing more please contact the Branch by telephone or email.
SSAFA Caseworker Clocks Up 23years volunteering with SSAFA CLWYD
Branch Press and Publicity Officer Reflects on Her 23 year Tenure Volunteering with SSAFAClwyd
When Nia Lloyd Williams met up and became friends with Elwyn Own Jones MBE back in 1987, little did she know it was to be the start of a 29 year friendship and also the beginning of her association with SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity. Nia and Elwyn met through becoming involved with Rhyl Silver Band and through their connection to the band Elwyn and his wife Flo took the 17 year old under their wing.
At the time Elwyn, a former LAC in the RAF, was Branch Secretary for SSAFA Clwyd. Elwyn encouraged Nia by telling her she could become a Caseworker when she passed her driving test. Nia went to University and gained a degree in Administration and in 1994 when she passed her driving test she found herself on Northwich at a floating hotel doing her SSAFA Caseworker training.
Nia, a fluent Welsh speaker, worked as a caseworker in the Colwyn Division under the guidance of Laurette Danson MBE and took over from her as Divisional Secretary for a short time. Nia also helped Elwyn with Branch Secretary duties and became Assistant Branch Secretary.
Nia remembers that a lot of the cases she had in those early years involved mainly WW2 veterans or their Widows and were usually for funeral expenses, white goods or utility bills. Today she reflects that Casework has changed a great deal with much more challenging cases and a necessity to be much more eclectic in funds approached. In those early days the Form 9 as it was then was filled in by hand and posted out to fund holders. Now most of SSAFA Casework is done on the CMS system.
Many individuals have had a great influence on Nia during her time with SSAFA from Elwyn to Wally Andrews, Gaynor Roberts, Graham Binnie and her current Div Sec Maurice Sambrook and is very happy now to be part of the Executive Committee as Branch Press and Publicity Officer. Nia wishes to record her thanks to Squadron Leader Gordon Massey Branch Chairman, John MacLennan Branch Secretary and Brian Stapleton Branch Treasurer as well as Colin Bush former Branch Treasurer for their continued friendship and support because SSAFA Clwyd is a close knit team and very supportive of their Volunteers.
On her experience with SSAFA Nia says she wouldn't change a thing. "SSAFA has given me invaluable Casework experience and experience of dealing with people in crisis which has helped in my choice of career. I am a Qualified Social Worker and in September 2017 I will be starting my MA in Clinical Counselling at Chester University. None of this would have been possible without my experience of volunteering for SSAFA over the past 23 years"
So will Nia ever retire from SSAFA as a Volunteer? "I don't ever see me giving up SSAFA. I enjoy the work and am committed to helping people. Elwyn who got me into SSAFA passed away in 2012 he was like a father figure to me and I also continue to volunteer for SSAFA in his memory"
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING FOR SSAFA CLWYD PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THE WEBPAGE AND SOMEBODY WILL GET BACK TO YOU