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Support for the armed forces in Suffolk

We help veterans and service personnel, and their families, in the local community and we rely on public donations to continue our work. Our commitment is to provide support with experienced, non-judgemental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues.

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Office Hours: Mondays to Thursday 0900 to 1200hrs. All other times answer phone.

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  • 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.


    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,

    Tony Chibnall
    SSAFA Suffolk

  • 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

hris had served 21 years as a chef in the Royal Logistics Corp, including gruelling tours of Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and two of Afghanistan, but after he took voluntary redundancy in 2014 he found it difficult to adjust to civilian life and the couple separated. Mandy, 39, who served 12 years in the RAF Police, has been supported throughout by SSAFA caseworker Sue Cross who was able to provide vital practical assistance and emotional support ranging from sourcing funding to cover funeral costs to arranging bereavement counselling for Mandy’s son. In order to give something back to the charity, Jamie organised a Family Fun Day in 2018 which was a spectacular success. Mandy now wants to go further in her support of SSAFA and this event at Hungarian Hall is set to be a fabulous evening, raising vital funds so that SSAFA can continue to support more people like Mandy and Jamie. Tables host ten people and three bottles of wine will be provided on each table as part of the ticket price. Food will be served from a buffet Unfortunately hotel rooms are not available at the venue. However there are several hotels in the area including Ufford Park Hotel, Seckford Hall and the Grove Hotel.