SSAFA Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

We are the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

SSAFA Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

We are the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

We provide lifelong support to those who are serving or have served in the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or the Royal Air Force, and to their families. Founded in 1885, we’re extremely proud of our long-standing heritage and of all the work we do with inspiring people from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, across the UK and around the world.


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Contact branch

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.30

Telephone number: 0204 566 9131

If you need urgent help, you can contact Forcesline on

0800 260 6767

Or talk to our Forcesline advisors online with our new live chat service.

Live Chat

We are open 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday.

Meet the team

The team at Cornwall is dedicated to helping veterans, service personnel, and their families, in the local community. Our commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services that cover a range of emotional, practical and financial issues. We are proud to say that we help our Armed Forces family whenever they need us, for as long as they need us. Here at SSAFA Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we have a variety of different personalities that together make our team so special.

John Bessell

Branch Vice-Chairman

John Bessell spent 32 years in the RAF before returning home to Cornwall. He retains a deep respect for the support provided by all areas of SSAFA. keen to give back and to show we can reach deep into the community and make a real difference.

Matthew Foyster

Branch Recruitment Coordinator

I spent 7 years in the British Army before being medically discharged in 2000. I then spent 13 years in customer services managing a team of complaint managers. I joined SSAFA in Oct 2020 and have enjoyed the challenges

Volunteer with us

We love what we do. The sense of pride you get when you know you’ve helped someone get their independence and dignity back is extraordinary. Through volunteering for SSAFA Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, you’ll have the chance to meet some truly inspiring people, with stories you’ll never forget. You’ll also gain new skills and experiences, but most importantly, you’ll make a difference in the lives of those who have dedicated their lives, often at great sacrifice, to protect and serve our country.

Available roles