SSAFA Northern Ireland

We are the Northern Ireland branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is a trusted source of support for serving personnel, veterans and their families in their time of need. Founded in 1885, we’re extremely proud of our long-standing heritage and of all the work we do with inspiring people from Northern Ireland, across the UK and around the world.


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Directory of services to help mental health and emotional wellbeing

Click on the below images to be taken to the directories for each area



  Walking with the Wounded - April 2023 Newsletter:

  Please follow through link to read the latest from Walking with the Wounded.



The Veterans Gateway :

The Veterans’ Gateway provides a pathway to a full list of services from housing and recovery to mental health services, financial and employment advice through its Directory of Local Support.


Project Semaphore - enabling communication for isolated veterans

Project Semaphore will provide suitability identified candidates with an iPad, training, support and 1 year's broadband. 

To qualify you must be a full member of the RNA, over 65 years old and currently digitally isolated. 

Please follow the link for more information.  



Scottish Veterans Residences

Scottish Veterans Residences provides supported housing for former members of the UK Armed Forces who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Our services are located in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow.

For more information get in touch.

Tel: 0131 556 0091

Email: or complete the form through link.



Samaritans Veterans App

Samaritans Veterans is a free service that can provide you with emotional support after your career in the Armed Forces

You can now download the Samaritans Veterans App. Download free from Apple or Google Play


Defence Discount Card

The service provides savings for service and ex service members both online and on the high street with a number of UK stores both local and national becoming involved.

Click on the image to find out more and sign up here!


Relate NI

Relate NI is working with The Seafarers Charity to provide free counselling to current and retired seafarers, fishermen and anybody that works at sea, as well their family and dependants.

Freephone Telephone Number (10am-4pm): 0800 160 1842

Email: or complete the online enquiry form.



Shout 860847

Shout's trained volunteers are there for you 24/7 to listen and support you to get to a calmer and safe place. Shout is a free, confidential, anonymous service for anyone in the UK. It won’t appear on your phone bill.

To start a conversation, text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258.

If your life is at imminent risk, call the emergency services on 999.



Building Heroes

Established in 2014, Building Heroes is dedicated to service leavers, veterans, reservists and military families.

They provide training and employment support into a new career in construction by equipping individuals with a broad range of trade skills and then connecting them with a network of employers. CLICK HERE to view courses available. 

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Contact branch

Opening times: Belfast office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone number: 028 9032 7740

If you need urgent help, you can contact Forcesline on

0800 260 6767

Or talk to our Forcesline advisors online with our new live chat service.

Live Chat

We are open 09:00 - 17:00, Monday to Friday.

Volunteer with us

We love what we do. The sense of pride you get when you know you’ve helped someone get their independence and dignity back is extraordinary. Through volunteering for SSAFANorthern Ireland, you’ll have the chance to meet some truly inspiring people, with stories you’ll never forget. You’ll also gain new skills and experiences, but most importantly, you’ll make a difference in the lives of those who have dedicated their lives, often at great sacrifice, to protect and serve our nation.

Available roles