Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
3 June 2013

SSAFA says thank you to our volunteers

During National Volunteers' Week 1-7 June, SSAFA celebrates the volunteers who make our work possible.

SSAFA says thank you to our volunteers

Today marks the start of National Volunteers’ Week – a great initiative that celebrates the work of thousands of people who give up their free time to support their local communities.

Volunteers are the life blood of SSAFA. They support the Forces family in local communities throughout the UK and on military bases around the world. Their work ranges from practical and emotional help to fundraising, publicity and project co-ordination.We couldn’t carry on our life changing work without them and so today we would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers across the British Forces World. 

Thank you to people like Diane Jones. Diane is a civilian but works at RAF Wittering where she volunteers for her Service Committee. She was was there for RAF widow, Anne Marie Greenhalgh when she needed a little extra help following her diagnosis of breast cancer.

Anne Marie says,

“I never thought I would need any help – I am used to being on my own and looking after myself but when it came to it I really needed some help. My SSAFA volunteers took everything in their stride and it was just nice to see people and know I wasn’t alone. If I had one message for others in my position it would be don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Diane says: “When I first visited Anne-Marie she was practically at her wits end as she was feeling really poorly from her radiotherapy. She was feeling very isolated as icy conditions were making it very hard for her to get out and about. I did a little shopping for her to make sure she had fresh supplies. We helped pack all her things and were able to provide boxes and packing materials for her. As well as taking her to hospital appointments, when she was feeling better we escorted her whilst she drove to help build up her confidence on the road again.”

Anne-Marie is now feeling much better following her treatment and says: “One day I hope to be able to volunteer for SSAFA myself. I am a people person and like to be able to help.”

At SSAFA we are always looking for new volunteers to give a few hours for our Forces and their families in their local area. Find more about volunteering opportunities near you.