SSAFA Southend Veterans' Club
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SSAFA Southend Veterans’ Club takes place weekly at the Royal Naval Association. Funded completely by donations, the first club meet was on 8 January 2016 and now has a membership of 25 people with the hope that more local veterans, military widows or widowers will contact Michele to join the club.
Every Thursday, a homemade two-course lunch is prepared by Michele Everett and the other SSAFA volunteers and afterwards, members can get to know one another, chat, play cards, games, darts and pool or get the guitar out for a singalong.
SSAFA Southend Veterans’ Club founder Michele Everett says, “At SSAFA Southend, we have seen an increase in need from local veterans. We are seeing just how many Armed Forces veterans there are in our area who have served our country and deserve to be supported in whichever way they may need.
SSAFA promises lifelong support to our veterans and their families and wants to fulfil this promise locally. By creating the club, we have provided a regular opportunity for our veterans to shoot the breeze, share experiences, play some music and create and nurture friendships that can last a lifetime. It offers them something to look forward to every week.”