SSAFA Durham

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

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is a trusted source of support for serving personnel, veterans and their families in their time of need. Founded in 1885, we’re extremely proud of our long-standing heritage and of all the work we do with inspiring people from Durham, across the UK and around the world.

 

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Contact branch

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00

Telephone number: 020 4566 9117

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 Durham 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 Durham, we have a variety of different personalities that together make our team so special.

Ruth Wright

South West Durham Divisional Treasurer

Ruth has served in both the Regular and Territorial Army, now known as the Reserve Forces. Her last role was as Personnel Recovery Officer. This role brought her into contact with many of the military charities including SSAFA.

Mike Donne

Branch President

Mike is an Army Veteran having served at the Army Apprentice School in Carlisle from 1963-66 and 9 years in the REME. Mike joined SSAFA in 2003 as a caseworker and has previously been Branch Secretary and Branch Chairman at SSAFA Durham. Mike's current position is Branch President and still continues as a caseworker.

Niamh Johnston

Digital Marketing Volunteer

Niamh is a Digital Marketing Volunteer and helps to showcase the inspiring work that SSAFA Durham does as well as that of SSAFA across the UK and around the world. Niamh began volunteering in 2023.

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 Durham, 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