Welcome from our chairman
A message from our Chairman, Tony Chibnall -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
I am delighted that you’ve found our new website and very much 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 really do know the huge difference that SSAFA can make. So, if you are a member of the armed forces, a Reservist, a veteran, or you are the dependant of a serviceman or servicewoman past or present living in Suffolk and you require a helping hand – please do contact us as quickly as you can and talk to us.
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 do contact us. You will find more information on this site about how our volunteers get involved and what they do. You will be sure of a warm welcome and a really rewarding time assisting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association here in Suffolk.
We much look forward to hearing from you.
With very best wishes,
25 Years Service Award
At the Suffolk Branch AGM on Friday 22 March 2019 John Burn received his award for 25 years service
from the Lord Lieutenant and Branch Patron, Clare Countess of Euston.
John joined SSAFA in 1994 as a caseworker and then in 1996 joined the Branch Executive Committee as Divisional Secretary of the Suffolk Coastal Division responsible for the coordination of all casework within the division, a position he held until 2010.
In 2003 John took on the additional task of Branch IT Coordinator, which he still holds now. As IT coordinator John has been involved in a number of important IT developments within the Association, both nationally and locally including the design, development and roll out of the Casework Management System, testing e-learning modules and latterly assisting the roll out of SSAFA Office 365 to all our volunteers.
n addition to his IT duties John can be found driving the branch's exhibition van to events throughout the county.
Suffolk Branch of SSAFA was founded in 1885 and John has researched its history with particular attention to the work of the Association, both nationally and locally, during World War One where his research has bn used by both SSAFA and the national and local press.
Mark Mason's Donation
A cheque for £5000 was presented to SSAFA Suffolk by The Mark Master Masons of East Anglia
On Friday 22 June 2018 cheques for £5000 each were presented to the SSAFA Branch Chairmen of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire by the East Anglian Mark Benevolent Association (EAMBA) which is the charity of the Mark Master Masons of East Anglia.
The Provincial Grand Master, Paul Norman said “ What a pleasure to support the distinguished work of SSAFA aiding our veterans and their families in such a professional manner, sensible and necessary support direct to the point of need. Our grants will enable SSAFA to enhance their service and continue to build on all their excellent work to our veterans and their families.”
Here in Suffolk the most generous award and very much appreciated donation will enable our caseworkers to be provided with essential equipment that enables them to operate in the digital environment fully in accordance with the recently introduced GDPR legislation.
The photo shows left to right: Ray Clarke Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Paul Norman Provincial Grand Master, Judith Borland SSAFA Eastern Region Representative, Tony Chibnall Chairman SSAFA Suffolk and Tim Ridley Assistant Provincial Grand Master
Mandy Small's SSAFA Charity Ball 14 March 2020
Mandy Small’s husband Chris took his own life in November 2016 leaving Mandy to break the devastating news to their young son Jamie