SEVENOAKS COCKTAIL PARTY
Come along to the party!
As you know, the Mayor of Sevenoaks Town Council has chosen SSAFA as one of his charities of the year and is holding a fundraising cocktail party on 8th July - please do buy tickets, come along and chat to our team, take part in the silent auction and buy some raffle tickets for fantastic prizes. Look forward to seeing you there.
KENT AND MEDWAY ARMED FORCES CHAMPIONS
1000th Service Champion
The Armed Forces Networks for Sussex and Kent & Medway, a local partnership to improve the lives of the Armed Forces community, celebrated the training of the 1000th Service Champion on 5th June 2019 at the Army Reserve Centre in Canterbury.. Service Champions come from all sectors including the NHS, local authorities, police, charities and fire & rescue to name a few. They spend a day at an Army Reserve Centre and learn about the Armed Forces, the impact of serving and the support available. Service Champions then take this knowledge back to their own organisations where they are able to provide a service that has an understanding of the Armed Forces community and its needs as a whole.
Kate Parkin, Director of Armed Forces Community for the fifteen NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Sussex, Kent and the Medway said: “It is really pleasing to see that the role of the Service Champion is being embedded across all services whether public or third sector. To now be able to provide an opportunity for the Armed Forces community to support and help themselves is very rewarding.”
SSAFA Divisional Secretary for Canterbury, Liz Gregory gave a presentation at the event and Robin Aaronricks, Divisional Secretary of White Cliffs Division qualified as a Service Champion.
Ms Janette Edis singlehandedly and reliably 'mans' the SSAFA desk at Canterbury City Council on Friday mornings supporting the Armed Forces community. Janette also volunteers for the Canterbury Royal British Legion and goes out of her way to support clients and neighbours in any way she can. The Gurkha community also honoured her by inviting her on a trip to Nepal earlier in the year as their guest.
We congratulate and thank Jan for the work that she does on behalf of both charities. A well deserved award to a dedicated volunteer.
BAE Systems Rochester confirm their continued support for SSAFA Kent
SSAFA Kent are delighted to report that BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector based in Rochester, have confirmed their continued support for the BAE Kent Welfare Fund. Originally established in 2015, the ‘last resort’ fund has proved a wonderful tool for our caseworker to supply instant financial support to the most urgent or unusual cases.
After the initial introduction, it was so successful and made such a difference, that in 2016, BAE Systems decided to double their annual funding. Over the last four years, the fund has proved to be one of the most valuable changes to the way SSAFA Kent caseworkers are able to operate.
Since the day the fund was established, we have been able to make a total of 74 grants. The grants vary from very small amounts to some quite substantial sums. Solving a wide range of problems by providing funding to obtain such items as household goods, carpets and even urgent travel costs. In a number of cases, we are particularly pleased to report that the fund has assisted in resolving acute accommodation problems. The actual value of individual grants made has ranged from £50.00. to £2,000.00. In every case achieving a result that we could not have managed without the generosity of BAE Systems.
Once again, a huge vote of thanks to the team at BAE Systems for supporting SSAFA Kent, we are absolutely delighted to be able to continue with the Welfare Fund that has proved to be so effective.
SSAFA CHOSEN AS SEVENOAKS TOWN MAYOR'S CHARITY
We are delighted to have been chosen by the new Mayor of Sevenoaks Town Council as his charity for his year of office. This will give us a fantastic opportunity to raise our profile not just with those who may benefit from our help but also potential sponsors and volunteers. We congratulate Cllr Nick Busvine on his election and thank him for choosing to help us.
COMMUTER COLLECTION AT SEVENOAKS STATION
Fantastic fundraising at Sevenoaks
In the dark of a cold and dreary April morning stalwarts Keith Riggs and Peter Lewis set up stall at Sevenoaks Station. They counted the morning commuters out and counted them back again that evening. During a long day sustained by coffee and helped by a couple of other volunteers, they cheerily welcomed travellers, told them about the work SSAFA does and thanked them for donations. They took a fabulous £762.56, 1 euro, HKD5 SGDO.50, USD0.25 and DKK1!
Thank you to all those commuters to stopped to talk and donated And of course many thanks also must go to the Station Manager Elliott Water and his team who made us so welcome and without whom the collection could not have taken place.
In Aid of SSAFA – Ashford Borough Council Poppy Initiative.
Ashford's Poppy Tribute
Taking inspiration from the hugely popular 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation at the Tower of London in 2014, sculptured metal poppies were planted to create a stunning visual display and an overnight military guard of honour was held.
Residents were offered the opportunity to purchase the poppies that would be planted and, if they wish, collect them after the event to keep as a permanent reminder of the historic occasion. Each poppy cost £6, with a percentage of each sale being donated to SSAFA. This fantastic initiative raised from the sale of the poppies £4,950 but an Ashford resident got in touch and asked if they could donate a further £50 directly to add to this total, bringing the final figure to £5,000.
SSAFA Kent give a huge vote of thanks to Ashford Borough Council for organising this splendid initiative with particular thanks to Cllr Stephen Dehnel MBE, the Council’s Military Champion.
We have the following vacancies on the Kent team
Could you make a difference to your local Armed Forces community?
We are looking for inspirational people willing to spare some time to give back to those who have given so much for us. Willing to provide support, advice and care to our Armed Forces and their families, or simply willing to spend some time with a lonely veteran who may not have anyone to talk to.
As a result of restructuring to increase our effectiveness, we are currently seeking people to fill the following vacancies.
A Divisional Secretary/Team Leader for West Kent
Deputy Divisional Secretary for White Cliffs (Dover - Folkstone area)
Treasurer for Thanet.
Caseworkers right across Kent - south of M25
Assistant training officer.
A multi-talented admin person to assist our branch secretary
For further details please telephone 01622 792363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be great to hear from you.