Befriending help for Mrs Richards
Mrs Richards is a 95 year old lady, her husband was a WW2 veteran and was badly wounded, Mrs Richards has been his career until his death in the 70's, as a trained nurse she worked caring for the elderly until her retirement. Until recently she played the keyboard, composed songs and also played in local churches and local residential homes. A local community theatre group heard about her life in WW2 and wrote and performed a play telling her story. Having been totally independent until a series of falls, a burglary and a mugging affected her confidence and mobility, She welcomed our befrienders who helped with outings, accompanying her on visits to the doctors, audiology, podiatry, hairdressers, concerts and church events, which has helped in rebuilding her confidence.
Help with Care Home Fees
Frank Green Special Guest at Melbourne RBL's Poppy appeal Ceremony
Mr Frank Green, a WW2 Veteran was invited by Melbourne RBL to attend their official opening ceremony at this years poppy appeal. Franks son contacted SSAFA for help with his fathers Care Home top up fees, our case worker raised just under £3,000 which will extend Franks time at Pool Cottage into the middle of next year and give him peace of mind.
Home sweet home - and not just a new cooker..............
No fairy godmother to help - just one of our dedicated Caseworkers
When our Caseworker visited Mr Nash she found him living in mouldy, damp, inadequate accommodation which had aggravated his severe ill-health and depression. Caroline accompanied Mr Nash to the Council to sign up on the housing list and then they went on to a Housing Association. She realised that Mr Nash’s health issues would not improve and would continue to deteriorate in his current environment and that it was imperative he was re-housed as soon as possible.
After being offered a flat by the Housing Association Mr Nash needed to provide a deposit or else lose the offer. With SSAFA’s help this was resolved and Mr Nash was able to take up a tenancy. However, as his previous accommodation was partially furnished, Mr Nash was in need of various items of furniture and white goods.
With his Caseworker’s help, Mr Nash now has settled into his new flat, and Caroline has managed to fund carpets, cooker and fridge/freezer, chest of drawers and living room/bedroom curtains and a shower curtain. We wish Mr Nash better health for 2017 and that he is happy in his new flat.
SSAFA is always ready to listen – we can’t wave a magic wand, but with the dedication of our Volunteers, we do our very best for our clients.
Well Done Children
The Children at Dot's Daycare Nursery - Erewash completed a sponsored walk and raised £200, well done everyone,and thank you
Stairs no longer a problem
Help gratefully received
Both Mr and Mrs Hickey are over the moon with their newly fitted stair lift and told our caseworker how much of a difference its made to their lives.
Getting up and down the stairs had been a worry for both of them for some months now and Mr Hickey didn't know were to turn for help until he remembered SSAFA.
SSAFA help for Mrs Wilson
Mrs Wilson, a widow moved from South Wales to be nearer her family. The area she moved to was an impersonal estate in North Derbyshire and she felt very isolated. Mrs Wilson contacted SSAFA for help, our visitor went to see her and found her very withdrawn and found it difficult to communicate. Our visitor felt they had made progress when they left. They introduced her to the Freedom project where she spoke to volunteers who explained how meaningful volunteering can be. SSAFA also introduced her to a Derbyshire reading group and attended with her to give her confidence, and also arranged Civil Society outings and met her for coffee. All this time Mrs Wilson was growing in confidence and to our delight she is now working in a local charity shop as a volunteer where she now enjoys meeting staff and customers.
Mrs Wilson is now leading a useful, sociable life and is much more settled thanks to help of our trained, sympathetic visitor enabled by your donations.
Become a Volunteer Member of the Derbyshire SSAFA Team
Volunteers are the heart and backbone of our work with our Armed Forces and their families
SSAFA - Soldiers Sailors Airmans Families Association is the oldest tri-service military charity in the UK. The national charity started in 1885 and supports both serving and ex-service personnel and their dependants. There is a SSAFA branch in every county in the UK. SSAFA - Derbyshire began in1894, it is split in to 8 divisions and our team of volunteers offer practical, emotional and financial support to eligible clients within Derbyshire. All SSAFA branches have to be self-funding, with no financial support from any other source.
Volunteer Branch Fundraisers are responsible to the Branch Fundraising Organiser based in Belper for assisting with the delivery of the Branch Fundraising strategy which includes events fundraising and local appeals across the County of Derbyshire.
Branch Fundraisers must have basic IT skills, be energetic and enthusiastic for fundraising and have good communication skills. They must also be able to work individually and as part of a team. Branch Fundraisers must also be willing to work some unsocial hours (planned) including weekends. Armed Forces background is not necessary but fund raising experience is essential. Candidates need to be independently mobile.
Any expenses incurred while undertaking activities on behalf of SSAFA will be reimbursed. All volunteers are required to adhere to SSAFA’s Volunteer Policy.
Interviews and providing references are all part of the recruitment process. Branch Fundraisers receive local induction training about SSAFA.
Duties of a Branch Fundraiser include:
• Organising and taking part in local appeals across the County, supermarket collections, coffee mornings and other events such as Summer and Christmas Galas.
• Liaising with local businesses and organisations to obtain permission and agree locations for SSAFA Collecting Tins.
• Supporting the Branch’s awareness-raising activities and promoting SSAFA in the local area.
• Keeping the Branch Fundraising Organiser up-to-date with your availability to do the role.
• Ensuring that all data processed or held as part of the role, is processed and held strictly in accordance with SSAFA’s data management policies and procedures.
• Complying with and promoting SSAFA values and standards, including the code of confidentiality.
Interested? Please contact Nicky Loveday email@example.com or by telephoning 01629 640178 to find out more about the role or to apply.