Welcome from our Chairman
A message from our Chairman, Terry Shearer -We’re so pleased that you’ve found our new website, and hope that you will now explore further, to discover just how your local branch of SSAFA can help YOU.
A VERY WARM WELCOME
We’re so pleased that you’ve found our new website, and hope that you will now explore further, to discover just how your local branch of SSAFA can help YOU.
As an ex-serviceman myself, I know the difference that SSAFA can make. So if you are a member of the armed forces, a Reservist, a veteran, or the dependant of a serviceman or servicewoman, living in Perth and Kinross, and require a helping hand – please let us know.
A member of our team of trained volunteers is only a phone call or email away, and will be happy to arrange a visit to discuss how SSAFA might help meet YOUR needs.
If you have a little spare time, and want to help support our armed forces community, as a key member of a friendly, supportive team of volunteers, then again please contact us. You will find more information on this site about what our volunteers can get involved in, and you will be sure of a warm welcome, and a really rewarding time assisting Perth and Kinross’ soldiers, sailors and airmen - and their families.
We hope to hear from you.
Chairman, SSAFA Perth and Kinross
How we help in Perth and Kinross
Find out how we can help serving members of HM Forces, Reservists. Veterans and their families.
At SSAFA we provide whatever support is needed for the local Armed Forces community in Perth & Kinross.
We provide practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force and their families. Whether you are a veteran or currently serving, we are here for you and your family, whenever and wherever you need us.
If you're a veteran:
Whatever your age and military background, if you served in our Armed Forces, we are here for you and those who depend on you. Our help in Perth and Kinross includes:
Claiming pensions and applying for benefits.
Dealing with financial problems.
Applying to charities for funds.
Arranging holidays for those with special needs.
Negotiating with landlords, housing departments, local authorities and utilities.
Obtaining basic household needs.
Obtaining special equipment for the physically handicapped at home
Providing emergency payments to meet urgent requirements as appropriate.
We also help ex-Service prisoners in Castle Huntly and Perth prisons.
The central SSAFA team provides the following specialist help for veterans and their families:
Forcesline confidential helpline
Support for offenders, ex-offenders and their families.
If you’re currently serving:
Our volunteers work on Army, RAF and Naval bases in the UK and around the world. They are trained to provide practical and emotional support when you need it.
Our central team also provides specialist support services for serving families.
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
SSAFA Perth and Kinross has been granted the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
On 2nd June 2018, the sixty fifth anniversary of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation, our volunteers were honoured and delighted that our Branch was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work we do in Perth and Kinross to assist members and former members of HM Forces and their families. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.
The award was presented to SSAFA Perth and Kinross by the Lord Lieutenant, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson KCVO CBE at a ceremony in the Civic Lounge, Perth on 23rd October. The guests were piped in by Pipe Major Duthie and a string quartet played at the ceremony. Excerpts from the citation were read by Major Charles Dunphie DL. The Lord Lieutenant, the Branch Chairman and the Depute Provost also spoke about the work of SSAFA Perth and Kinross. A civic reception followed and was hosted by Perth and Kinross Council. We are most grateful to all those involved in the organisation of such a memorable event.
Photos of the ceremony can be seen on the Gallery section of this page.
SSAFA Volunteers at Royal Garden Party
Husband and wife SSAFA volunteers at Holyroodhouse
Two SSAFA volunteers, Morag MacLeod from Perth and Kinross Branch and her husband Gordon (a former Argyll and Sutherland Highlander), from SSAFA's Dunbartonshire Branch, were rewarded for all their efforts with tea with HM The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on 4th July. On a stunning cloudless day, the MacLeods looked fabulous and loved their day out. It's been an exciting time for them, as their 14 year old Air Cadet son has just gone solo on a gilder!
Armed Services Advice Project
SSAFA is one of the funders of the Armed Services Advice Project
The Armed Services Advice Project is part of the Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau Service.
It supports people who are serving in or leaving the armed forces. This project is part of a national service provided by Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland. It helps existing or former service personnel and/or their immediate families who need assistance with benefits, debt, housing, employment issues, relationships and service related matters.
You can access this service in Perth & Kinross through self referral, referral from generalist CAB adviser, or referral from another agency.
Contact – Emma Schneider – 01738 450591 or email email@example.com