SSAFA Greater Manchester

We are the Greater Manchester 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 Greater Manchester, across the UK and around the world.

For mental health interim help please sign up for free as a veteran to The Big White Wall online. It is monitored by trained professionals, gives you tools to monitor your current situation and review. It has a creative area and chat room.

Please feel free to pop into a breakfast club, see list below and dates/times they meet:

  • Stockport at the Eddy Bears Cafe behind the Salsbury Pub in Brinnington 1st Saturday of the month 10am

  • Ashton Under Lyne at the Globe Cafe, Dukinfield (with flags) 2nd Saturday of the month 10am

  • Trafford at the John Alker Pub in Flixton, 3rd Saturday of the month 10am

  • Wythenshawe at the Gym on Brownley Green Methodist Church on Broadoak Road 3rd Saturday of the month 10am

  • Oldham at the Brittania Tavern, Hollins Road 3rd Saturday of the month 10am
  • Salford at St Thomas Church, Pendleton, 10am 2nd Saturday

  • Rochdale at the Town Hall every Thursday morning 9 to 10am

If you live in the Tameside area please visit the TASC page and sign up for updates and information. You can get access to housing advice and welfare rights through the forces lead. 

If you live in the Trafford area there is a hobby club at St Matthews Curch Hall in Stretford every Monday night from 7 to 9pm.

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Contact branch

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

Telephone number: 020 4566 9146

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.

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 Greater Manchester, 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.

You will be trained by our central office staff in casework which will include training on GDPR and Safeguarding. You will also need an enhanced DBS certificate which will be ordered for you. Roles as well as caswork include fundraising and treasurer. Ideally suited to someone who has semi-retired who has a couple of days or mornings a week to give to the charity. 

Available roles