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Support for the armed forces in Fife

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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10.00-12.00 Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri (for client enquiries). The office is staffed 10.00-13.00 Mon and 9.00-13.00 Tue-Fri.

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Email: fife@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01592 263 714

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  • SSAFA Fife receives generous donation from Kirkcaldy Rotary Club

    Graham Meacher, the Chairman of SSAFA Fife, attended the weekly Rotary Club of Kirkcaldy meeting on Tuesday 31st October in the Dean Park Hotel to brief Rotary members on SSAFA’s nationwide activities in general, and veterans support throughout the Kingdom of Fife in particular.

    Graham, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, with 30 years’ service in the British Army – and a further 17 years' service as a SSAFA volunteer – informed the meeting that SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, was the oldest of the service charities, but probably the least well known. Its volunteer caseworkers throughout the UK had however, provided continuous support for service veterans and their families for over one hundred and thirty years and continued to do so to this day. He went on to say that the Fife Branch of SSAFA had in fact assisted over 200 individuals and helped to release £200,000.00 worth of welfare funding in 2016 and was set to see these figures increase in 2017.

    After a very interesting and informative talk, Robert Main, the President Elect, thanked Graham on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kirkcaldy and presented him with a cheque for £500 as a contribution towards the delivery of SSAFA support to the Veterans' community Fife.

    The photograph shows Graham Meacher on the left, receiving a very generous donation to SSAFA Fife from Robert Main, the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Kirkcaldy.

  • LEUCHARS OPEN DAY SUCCESS FOR SSAFA IN FIFE

    Apparently while on the lookout for Luke Skywalker, a couple of Stormtroopers happened by the SSAFA stand at the inaugural Leuchars Station Open Day on 3rd June 2017! On hand were Veterans, Lieutenant Colonel Graham Meacher, Chairman of SSAFA Fife, and Major Peter May, the Branch Treasurer. Both tried valiantly to persuade the Stormtroopers to donate to the grand raffle, however, the excuse was made that they had no pockets in their uniforms!
    Graham spent 30 years in the Corps of Royal Engineers, and since retiring, has spent another 17 years as a volunteer case worker and committee member in the Fife Branch of SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity. Peter served for 34 years with the Royal Corps of Transport and then 23 years as Treasurer.
    As SSAFA gives so much support and assistance to all three Armed Services, it was only fitting that the local branch used Leuchars Open Day as an opportunity to inform people about the many services SSAFA provide. The open day was a great success with a bumper crowd enjoying the purpose-built military village featuring soldiers and military equipment from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Engineers, the Army Medical Corps, the Military Police, and many other Scottish Military Units. The RAF and Navy were also well represented.
    The entertainment continued throughout the day with marching bands, highland dancing and military demonstrations. It was estimated that the SSAFA grand raffle and cake stall raised some £2000, which will be used for the benefit of a number of Service charities.
    Any veterans of the regular forces or members of the reserve who require advice or assistance can contact the local SSAFA Fife Branch at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ED or telephone 01592 263 714 or email fife@ssafa.org.uk

  • A BIG BREW UP WITH SSAFA FIFE

    The annual SSAFA Big Brew Up held on Thursday 22nd June saw a couple of surprise visitors to Broomhead Drive in Dunfermline.

    Christine Findlay, one of the dedicated band of SSAFA volunteer Caseworkers operating in the Kingdom of Fife, had laid on tea and home baking in the Community Flat as a way of boosting the profile of SSAFA, whilst at the same time raising funds to help the branch to continue supporting those veterans, who at some time or another, may be in need of advice or assistance.

    Pictured with Christine are Lorraine Reid of the Armed Services Advice Project and Kevin Goodwin of the Veterans Welfare Service.

    Lorraine, a former Scots Guardsman’s wife herself, is extremely aware of the important role that SSAFA plays and the fact that last year the Fife branch alone dealt with 200 individual cases and helped to release nearly £200,000 for the benefit of individual veterans and their families.

    Any veterans of the regular forces or members of the reserve who require advice or assistance can contact the local SSAFA Fife Branch at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy KY1 1ED or telephone 01592 263 714 or email fife@ssafa.org.uk

    The photograph shows Lorraine, Christine and Kevin enjoying their afternoon break.

  • SSAFA FLIES THE FLAG IN FIFE

    The ceremony of raising the Armed Forces Day flag in Fife this year was held in Kirkcaldy on Wednesday 21st June and was well attended by veterans, regulars, reservists, cadets, and members of Fife Council. Armed Forces Day each year is a chance for the nation to show their support to all members of our armed forces – whether they be regulars, reservists, cadets, or their families. Members of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, give this support all year round and volunteer caseworkers from the Fife Branch were proud to be on parade to showcase the backing they give to those veterans that might some day find themselves in need of advice or assistance.

    Pictured in the photograph is the Lord Lieutenant for Fife, Mr Robert Balfour, along with six volunteer caseworkers of the Fife Branch of SSAFA, who between them have served a grand total of one hundred and four years in either the Army, Navy and Air Force and who have given a further eighty nine years’ service to the veterans community as SSAFA volunteers.

    Veterans of the regular forces or members of the reserve who require advice or assistance can contact the local SSAFA Branch at 48 Hunter Street, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ED, or telephone 01592 263714, or email fife@ssafa.org.uk

  • A Bridge Too Far?

    Christine Findlay, a volunteer caseworker for SSAFA Fife, is one of 50,000 lucky people who have been chosen by ballot to be given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing on the 2-3 September 2017.
    The Queensferry Crossing Experience is a free event to celebrate the opening of the new bridge and will offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for 50,000 people from all over Scotland and the world, to cross on foot.

    When it opens, the Queensferry Crossing will be the main route for traffic crossing the river Forth and will become the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, with an overall length of 1.7mls (2.7kms). Unlike the Forth Road Bridge it will have no pedestrian walkway, which makes this event a very special moment in time.

    Christine remembers that “The very first time I crossed the river Forth was during a day trip with my primary school class exactly 49 years ago in September, when we walked over the Forth Road Bridge. So I am therefore extremely excited to be given the chance to do the same thing on the new bridge all these years later”

    Christine, who completed her caseworker training for SSAFA earlier this year, is also keen to use the occasion to raise funds to help the local branch of SSAFA to continue supporting veterans and families of all three of our armed services within the Kingdom of Fife.

    Christine’s husband, Ronnie, who was a piper with the Royal Tank Regiment for many years, knows the full range of support that SSAFA can provide for the regular and reserve forces and was extremely proud of his wife for becoming a volunteer for SSAFA and for all her fundraising activities for veterans.

  • ARMED FORCES CHAMPION FORGES ALLIANCE WITH SSAFA

    Graham Meacher, the Chairman of SSAFA Fife, recently met up with Councillor Rod Cavanagh, the newly appointed Armed Forces Champion for Fife Council, to brief him on SSAFA’s activities within the Kingdom. Rod, a veteran of the Royal Marines before becoming a policemen in Fife, knows only too well that SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, is the oldest of the service charities and has provided continuous support for Service Veterans and their families for over 130 years.

    Graham briefed Rod and brought him up to date on the Branch’s activities and the fact that last year alone, volunteer caseworkers in Fife assisted over 200 individuals and helped to release £200,000 worth of welfare funding.
    Councillor Cavanagh was keen to pledge his commitment to the welfare interests of ex-servicemen and servicewomen in Fife and promised to help wherever he could. He commented “I am very much looking forward to working closely with SSAFA in the future”