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Support for the armed forces in Essex

We help veterans and service personnel, and their families, in the local community and we rely on public donations to continue our work. Our commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

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  • Basildon Veterans Breakfast club - 8th July 2017

    The Campanile, A127 Southend arterial, Pipps Hill, Basildon SS14 3AE

    2nd Saturday of each month 0900, all veterans welcome.

  • Drop In sessions Thurrock

    Every 2nd Tuesday of the month between 10-12 a SSAFA rep will be available in Thurrock Council Office foyer to give advice and assistance.

  • Essex Veteran Support Group

    Every 3rd Wed each month at Colchester Pegasus Club C02 7SZ

    The Invicta Foundation co-hosts a Veteran support group every 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Pegasus Club in Colchester (off Cicrular Road North, between hockey pitch and athletics track - use CO2 7SZ for nearest sat nav). Just come along for a tea/coffee and a chat with other Veterans and representatives from various organisations including ABF The Soldiers' Charity - East Anglia, SSAFA - The Armed Forces charity and Royal British Legion

  • Bernie's Funeral

    Today, 1 November, 2018, the Southend-on-Sea community will come together to lay 92-year-old Bernard Mabey to rest at Southend Crematorium. A former member of the famous Dambusters squadron (617 Bomber Command),

    “Bernie” will be honoured by friends, family and military alike. Bernie joined the Royal Air Force at 18, serving as an aircraft mechanic with Bomber Command until 1947. In his later years, Bernie enjoyed attending the SSAFA Southend Lunch Club with his other former military pals. His funeral service will be held at Southend Crematorium, South Chapel on Thursday 1st November 2018 at 2.20pm – those wishing to pay their respects are welcome.