We are the Devon branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.


We are the Devon 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 Devon, 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 SSAFA Devon 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 Devon, we have a variety of different personalities that together make our team so special.

Yorkie Malone


Yorkie was born in Rotherham, joining the Royal Marines in 1965. He served until 1985 including service in the Falkland Islands conflict. Yorkie joined SSAFA in 2013 and is a great supporter and champion of those veterans suffering from PTSD.

Claire Williams

Branch Secretary

Claire moved to Devon on marrying a Royal Marine Commando Officer spending 25 years as a serving Officer's wife. She joined SSAFA Plymouth as a Caseworker in 2009 becoming Devon Branch Secretary in 2011. She says that she feels privileged to be part of an amazing team of volunteers who make her job a pleasure.

Alex Castell

Exeter Divisional Secretary

Alex joined SSAFA in Sussex in 2010 after retiring from her role as a Catering Manager On moving to Devon she joined SSAFA in Teignbridge as a caseworker and was later invited become the Divisional Secretary for Exeter. Alex is also an active Fundraiser for SSAFA Devon Branch. She enjoys gardening, reading, and walking by the sea.

Clive Richards

Branch Publicity Officer

Former Royal Marine Clive Richards is SSAFA Devon’s newly appointed publicity officer. He uses all media outlets and events to give the public an idea of how we help serving and retired military personnel in need, and in so doing, recruits volunteers and caseworkers.

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 Devon, 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