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22 March 2013

SSAFA Welcomes Monetary Boost from Libor Fines

New grants through the Libor fines will support mentoring, children's Short Breaks and a Mental Heath First Aid project.

SSAFA Welcomes Monetary Boost from Libor Fines

SSAFA has announced its delight at having been successful in three of its applications for money made available through the Libor fines. The announcement comes less than a month after our award of £1.1 million to help develop support groups which help military families cope with tragedy.

We have won the grants for three specific projects:

  • The SSAFA Mentoring Support Service – this project, the first of its kind, has been awarded £350,000 to enable SSAFA to continue to work with the Army Recovery Capability to help wounded or injured service leavers make the transition into civilian life. This project will support at least 200 people in England between March 2013 and December 2013.
  • SSAFA Short Breaks for Service Families – SSAFA's Short Breaks are run for children with additional needs and disabilities from Forces families. The project has been awarded £207,508 that will go to supporting five separate short breaks that take place annually.
  • Mental Health First Aid – This new project is to receive £547,000, which will help SSAFA train 200 volunteers as Mental Health First Aiders.

Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA, responded to the announcement saying,

“We are absolutely delighted by the news that SSAFA will be receiving a total of more than £2 million to help us continue our life changing work. The money will enable SSAFA to continue to provide this vital and very specific support to our Forces and their families and to ensure that we can provide assistance whenever and wherever it is needed.”