£102,000 awarded to SSAFA by the City Bridge Trust

26 January 2017

SSAFA are supporting women whose relationship with a partner in the military has broken down. The charity believes that relationship breakdown is emotional and upsetting for any family, but women with a military connection face particular issues as in cases of domestic violence, women often do not have the freedom, confidence or independent financial means to find somewhere to go.

SSAFA runs a Stepping Stone Home offering free accommodation for these women and their children. The City Bridge Trust grant will support a Stepping Stone Home Manager, helping women London-wide. The homes provide a nurturing and safe environment for women (alone or with children) to recover from failed, destructive or abusive relationships with serving or veteran men from the Armed Forces.

SSAFA provides a well-established service meeting the needs of women and children in the hardest of times. We have given our full support to the project and hope the funding will allow the charity to continue the good work they are already doing.

- Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London's Charity, City Bridge Trust Committee

The organisation is helping women London-wide through the Stepping Stone Homes and giving them the helping hand needed to move forward with their lives in a safe and secure environment. City Bridge Trust is committed to supporting Londoners to make the city a fairer place to work and live.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is extremely grateful to City Bridge Trust for their generous grant. The funds will enable SSAFA to continue to provide critical, life-changing support to women and children within the Armed Forces community escaping domestic violence. Our Stepping Stone Home in London provides a comfortable, secure and female-only place to stay for as long as our beneficiaries need our support.

- Tegan Jones, Director of Fundraising, SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity

We have received a grant of £102,000 over three years from the City of London’s Charity, City Bridge Trust

SSAFA provides vital, frontline assistance to some 60,000 members of the Armed Forces community each year and we would not be able to carry out this work without support from organisations such as City Bridge Trust.

The City of London’s Charity, City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

The Trust has awarded around 7,500 grants totaling over £350 million since it first began in 1995.

It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

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