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Support for the armed forces in Surrey

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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  • War Horse!

    SSAFA Surrey marks the centenary of the end of WW1

    On Saturday 1st September the SSAFA team in Surrey, together with the help and support of Gordon's School and a lovely crowd of people from across Surrey all gathered to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. As the sun went down an expectant crowd gathered to watch an open-air cinema viewing of War Horse the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo's famous book. The team in Surrey had wanted to try and do something a little different to mark the centenary both to raise public awareness of SSAFA and create an enjoyable family event that still carried the message of the sacrifices our previous generations endured.

    As Sir Michael Morpurgo himself put it:

    "All we can do is pass it on – the stories of the people who lived and died in WW1. Sadly all of them are gone now so we only have their memories, their stories. I hope people who have seen War Horse, the film or the play, or who have even read the book, take away a sense of the universal suffering on all sides. War changes lives forever but there is always hope and redemption, and the memories of family members who fought or lived through this terrible war stays with us.”

    As the crowd built, deckchairs, blankets, picnics and BBQ's appeared all over the field. As the sun started to slide below the horizon the audience were entertained by Simon Jones, a local singer-songwriter who put on a great show with something to appeal to everyone. Soon it was time for Bob Crawley our Chairman to give the audience a few words on the impact of WW1 and how SSAFA rose to the challenge whilst highlight how we are still rising to similar challenges today, we were there then and still here today. Finally, the audience took their seats to enjoy the film which with the darkness, big screen and sound highlighted the dramatic and very real impact that WW1 had on everyone then and I suspect there may have been a few tears in the audience at some of the films more sombre moments. We hope that everybody had a fantastic evening and we cannot thank enough the audience for joining us and helping to make the evening a success.

  • Shepperton Village Fair

    Kwasi Kwarteng MP catches up with Jean our Divisional Secretary in Spelthorne

    Our fantastic team of volunteers in Spelthorne recently took the time to spread the word about the good work that they do in their community at the Shepperton Village Fair a great day out was enjoyed by everyone. The team even managed to take the time to tell their local MP Kwasi Kwarteng about the work they undertake across the community. Thanks to everyone who stopped to say hello and thanks for sharing a fantastic day with us.

  • Grateful Thanks

    Councillor Newstead and his wife Mary are both active supporters of SSAFA and the work it undertakes across the region with the military and veteran’s communities and their families.

    The President and Chairman of the Surrey Branch of SSAFA were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Councillor Roger Newstead and his Mayoress at their Annual General Meeting on 23rd May at Whiteley Village.

    Councillor Newstead and his wife Mary are both active supporters of SSAFA and the work it undertakes across the region with the military and veteran’s communities and their families.

    We were incredibly grateful to have been selected as one of his nominated charities during his term as Mayor. Reigate & Banstead Council arranged some fantastic events in support of SSAFA which included a marvellous concert in Redhill by the Band of the Grenadier Guards and the annual Big Brew Up at Reigate Town Hall as part of the National Armed Forces Week celebrations.
    Councillor Newstead also presented a cheque for £3,825 at the AGM which will be used across the Reigate and Banstead area to support SSAFA’s activities. SSAFA Surrey Chairman Bob Crawley offered our grateful thanks for their continued support.
    This years Big Brew Up and Armed Forces Day flag raising will take place on 25th June at 1000 at the Town Hall in Reigate.

  • The Red Lion Roars!

    Another HUGE thank you to all the staff and guests of The Red Lion in Bletchingley for holding their annual St. George's Party

    As if winning last years national Inspirational Fundraiser award wasn't enough Tracey and her team at The Red Lion in Bletchingley set about beating their previous efforts in some style. As well as the team at the Red Lion we should also express our thanks to all those who contributed such amazing raffle prizes on the night.

    None of this would be possible at all if it weren't for the locals, regulars and guests at the Pub who each year continue to support the work that SSAFA undertakes locally in the Caterham & Tandridge area. Your generosity and amazing support is very much appreciated.

    Tracey has been running this annual event for over 10-years now and this year was the most successful yet with over £7,300 raised. There was an amazing auction and raffle for which over 38 prizes had been donated. These included a 50-inch Smart TV and a Festive 4-day shopping trip to New York along with many other prizes.

    A fantastic evening was enjoyed by all and what else can we say other than - Thank you.

  • Thank You Woking!

    Thank you to all the lovely people of Woking who supported SSAFA in such style.

    Saturday 5th May and the local SSAFA team in Woking took to the streets to spread the word about the great work that SSAFA undertakes in the local community. The lovely people of Woking also donated almost £800 for which we can only offer our grateful thanks. Pictured are local caseworkers Paul Abbott, Anabel Kelly and David Harwood. We are always looking for other volunteers who might be able to spare a few hours of their valuable time; if that might be you then please get in touch to find out more.

  • Supporting Armed Forces Veterans in Custody

    Surrey takes the lead on a joint project set to support all Armed Forces personnel in custody

    A joint project to support serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans that come into custody in Surrey has been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Surrey Police thanks to funding from the Armed Forces Covenant.

    The ‘Veterans in the Criminal Justice System’ service means anyone with a military background who end up in one of Surrey’s three custody suites will be offered the opportunity to be referred to SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

    Surrey aims to provide support for members of the Armed Forces community who find themselves in the criminal justice system whilst helping reduce re-offending.

    Under the new project, officers in the Surrey Police custody centres in Staines, Guildford and Salfords will now establish whether any detainees have a military connection as part of the initial risk assessment carried out.

    With their permission, their details will then be referred to SSAFA who can offer practical, emotional and financial support to serving personnel, veterans and their families. Posters and leaflets will also be on display in the custody suites to encourage people to seek the help of SSAFA.

    The pilot is being funded by the Armed Forces Covenant which both the PCC and Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave signed up to in February. The covenant sets out the commitment to promote both the Office of the Surrey PCC and Surrey Police as armed forces-friendly organisations.



Volunteering with SSAFA

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"Volunteering for SSAFA is really special. I can use my time to make a real difference to people in my community. I was in the RAF for five years but you don't need to have a military background to be a SSAFA volunteer."

A message from our Chairman, Robert Crawley:

As an ex-soldier myself I know the difference that SSAFA can make. So if you are a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or the dependent of a serviceman or servicewoman living in Surrey and require a helping hand - do get in touch. A member of my 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 meet YOUR needs.

Or, if you have a little spare time and want to help our armed forces community as a key member of a friendly, supportive team of volunteers, please contact us. You will be sure of a warm welcome and a really rewarding time assisting Surrey’s soldiers, sailors and airmen, serving and veterans - and their families.

We hope to hear from you.