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Kent

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Support for the armed forces in Kent

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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Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00 All case referrals should be emailed to the Branch Secretary at kent@ssafa.org.uk

Contact Details

Email: kent@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 01622 792 363

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  • Would you like to use your spare time to help others?

    SSAFA Kent currently has vacancies for volunteers.

    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 for a new Ashford Division
    A Divisional Secretary for Canterbury Division
    Treasurers for Medway and Thanet.
    Caseworkers for both areas
    Recruitment officer.
    A multitalented admin person to assist our branch secretary
    For further details please telephone 01622 792363 or email kent@ssafa.org.uk
    It will be great to hear from you.

  • Armed Forces Day Event

    SSAFA Whitecliffs division are holding a special Armed Forces Day event

    Robin Aaronricks, Divisional Secretary for Whitecliffs tells us that on Saturday 30th June at 7.00. PM Whitecliffs division are holding a special screening of one of two iconic films at the Silver Screen Cinema, Folkstone.
    The films on offer are ‘Where Eagles Dare’ and ‘Zulu’. The premise being that when you purchase a ticket, priced at £5, you get a vote for which film you wish to see. The film achieving most votes will be declared the winner and will be the film that is screened. In the event of a tie, we are hoping to persuade the cinema to give two showings - one for each film. You register your interest on the Bigger Boat Pictures web site – details as the poster above.
    If you wish you could purchase two tickets (two votes) and see both films with the resultant increase in income. The cinema has a seating capacity of 400 and so there is great potential for this event to be a major success, all proceeds from ticket sales go to SSAFA Whitecliffs division.
    At the moment, ticket sales are planned to close May 13/14 this to give the organisers time to make the necessary arrangements. Tickets available either via the web site www.biggerboatpictures.uk Ticket can also be purchased direct from Robin Aaronricks (Divisional Secretary). Contact Robin on 07932 344411
    Additionally, on Armed Forces Day, Folkestone Town council have nominated SSAFA Whitecliffs Division as their charity of choice. Whitecliffs will receive the proceeds from booking fees from all other traders at the event, along with any public donations received on the day.

    DJT
    30.03.18

  • SSAFA Kent helps Falkland’s Veteran

    Falklands Vet delighted with SSAFA support

    Falkland’s veteran and former paratrooper Roland Moodie is pictured recovering from an operation to replace his right ankle. Roland knew he would be unable to work during his recovery period and he contacted SSAFA for help.
    His case was handled by SSAFA’s Tonbridge & Malling Division who approached the Airborne Forces Security Fund and the Army Benevolent Fund for financial assistance. They generously agreed to provide Roland with the support he needed. Roland says: “The support I, and my family, have received from the military community has been fantastic and very much appreciated. Without it I would not have been able to go ahead with the operation.”
    We are delighted to hear the Roland is on the mend with an excellent prognosis.

  • Big Brew at Shorncliffe Garrison

    Big Brew event at Shorncliffe Garrison a huge success

    On Friday 2nd February, the SSAFA Shorncliffe Committee held a Big Brew Up event in order to raise awareness of the charity within the Garrison Community as well as to raise funds for the local Shorncliffe Committee. The event was held at Shorncliffe Garrison and took place directly after a gruelling battalion cross country training competition, so SSAFA volunteers were at the ready with refreshments as soon as four hundred or so hungry soldiers and families came through the door.

    Delicious Nepalese food was served by volunteers and a vast array of wonderful cakes were kindly donated by TESCO and home bakers.
    SSAFA Shorncliffe Publicity Officer, Sunita Ale Thapa said “The Families enjoyed the opportunity to donate to charity by cooking momo and sel roti”.

    “There was also a delicious curry served by the Cook House and, for the children, a cake decorating activity which they all enjoyed”, she added.

    Sixteen fantastic cakes were entered into the home-made cake competition. Best effort was won by Rinchin Gurung, Best decorated by B Company and Best taste by Angela Daniel. Well done to the winners and thanks to all the Judges; Helena Marshall from TESCO Folkestone, Margaret Wood from SSAFA Kent Branch, RCWO W02 Pawan and Captain Serena Franklin.

    SSAFA Shorncliffe Committee Chair Alison Crowe said, “The Committee would like to thank 1 RGR, the volunteers and the whole community for coming along to enjoy this event and learn a little more about SSAFA”.

    SSAFA Shorncliffe Committee provides funding to those in need and supports community projects in and around Shorncliffe Garrison. If you would like to find out more about SSAFA or how it can help you, please email the Committee on isc_shorncliffe@ssafa.org.uk.

  • The Aged Vets Event

    British Nuclear Test Veterans Association hold talk

    An aged Veterans event organised by Royal British Legion Industries was held on 11th December 2017 at the Capel Morris Centre, RBLI Village Aylesford.

    The main purpose of the event was a talk by British Nuclear Test Veterans Association (BNTVA)
    who where formed initially to campaign for recognition and restitution of our servicemen who participated in the British Nuclear Tests.

    The British Nuclear Testing Programme ran between 1952 and 1967, it was the largest Tri-Service operation since the D-Day landings. Over 20,000 servicemen participated in the weapons tests with the majority serving on Christmas Island in the Pacific.

    The event was well attended with six veterans, who took part in the tests, families of deceased veterans and other interested parties.

    As part of the event various welfare organisations attended including SSAFA (Kent) who had stands
    to offer advice and support to any veteran and family members.

    As part of BNTVA services they have created a Care Wellbeing and Inclusion Fund. This fund has helped many members of the nuclear community with purchases ranging from small kitchen appliances through assistance to attend community events to the creation of wet-rooms and provision of respite holidays. They will assist veterans their children and if necessary Grand-grand Children.

    Www.thenccf-care.org.

    Frank Doyle
    Div Sec Maidstone and the Weald

  • "HEART of the COMMUNITY"

    SSAFA Thanet division voted one of the best local charities.

    In East Kent we have a promotion that goes by the name – Heart of The Community. It is organised by a local paper, The Isle of Thanet Gazette and Kent Live News. Readers of the two newspapers were invited to vote for the local charity that they felt made a major difference to people’s lives, SSAFA Thanet was one of forty charities on the list.
    Before Christmas, our Thanet Divisional Secretary, Dennis Jackson, was approached by the organisers and invited to participate. We are delighted to report that we were awarded enough votes by the readers to be placed as a winner and as can be seen from the photo above Dennis was presented with a cheque for £1,500.00.

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Volunteering

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 for a new Ashford Division
A Divisional Secretary for Canterbury Division
Treasurers for Medway and Thanet.
Caseworkers for both areas
Recruitment officer.
A multitalented admin person to assist our branch secretary
For further details please telephone 01622 792363 or email kent@ssafa.org.uk
It will be great to hear from you.