A chance to see the Band of the Grenadier Guards performing in Redhill.
For you diary - 1500, 18th March 2018. Harlequin Theatre
We are extremely grateful to The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Roger Newstead, who kindly selected SSAFA as his nominated charity for his year in office. As part of that The Mayor and his team have organised a series of fantastic events over the year all of which are in support of SSAFA. The year started with an excellent Big Brew Up and plans are already underway for another Big Brew Up later in the spring, so watch this space for details. Before that though the next great event is a concert where The Mayor would be delighted if you could join him to see the Band of the Grenadier Guards in concert at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill. The concert will feature an exciting programme of music performed by one of the world’s premier military bands.
Tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available directly from the Box Office 01737 276500 or www.harlequintheatre.co.uk
We look forward to seeing you there :)
Could you be a Veterans Hero?
Our Chairman, Bob Crawley interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey talking about the work of SSAFA across the County.
Bob Crawley the Chairman of the Surrey Branch of SSAFA today appeared on BBC Radio Surrey's Drivetime news programme to discuss the difficulties that some veteran members of the military can find themselves in following the transition from a military life to that of a civilian.
He talked about the work that SSAFA and its volunteer caseworkers undertake and how we seek to support our clients to resolve their issues, working closely with Local Authorities and other Military charities to find positive solutions. Across Surrey there are currently around 60 trained caseworker volunteers but we are always on the lookout for people who can spare a few hours and help out. Full training is off course provided and you will be fully supported by our experienced team throughout.
We are interested to hear from anybody who might be able to help but in particular we are looking for somebody who might be interested in leading the local team in Camberley and somebody who would be prepared to take on the role of local treasurer also in Camberley,
If you would like to help or know somebody that might then please get them to get in touch either by registering here - https://www.ssafa.org.uk/VeteransHero or by calling 01483 208111
If you missed the interview with Bob then you can listen to it here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05t5j84
Our favourite pub landlady Tracey Parmee from the Red Lion Bletchingley receiving her richly deserved award in honour of her outstanding and inspirational fundraising efforts in support of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.
Tracey received the award from Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward KBE, CB who is the National Chairman of SSAFA.
The award goes with our grateful thanks to Tracey, all the staff and regulars of the pub who in the last few years raised in excess of £30,000 to support the work of SSAFA particularly in the Caterham and Tandridge area.
A big BIG thank you.
Honorary Life Membership Award
45 years of dedicated voluntary service!
Surrey's very own Derek Smyth MBE receiving his Honorary Life Membership from Lieutenant General Sir Gary Coward KBE CB the National Chairman of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. Derek has now completed in excess of 45-years of service to SSAFA.
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.
New Tandridge Community Lottery
Get your tickets in support of SSAFA!
The SSAFA team in Caterham and Tandridge are delighted to be nominated as one of the good causes that will be supported by the new Tandridge Together community Lottery.
Tandridge Together Lottery will be a weekly online lottery, with a top prize of £25,000 and will support good causes and local voluntary groups with fundraising.
Lottery tickets costing £1 will be available via a new lottery website. Anyone buying a ticket will select the cause they want to support from those registered on the website. 50p of the £1 ticket price will go directly to the chosen good cause, with 10p in every pound going into a fund for the Council to distribute in the form of small grants, to a wide range of good cause projects who apply for support in the Tandridge district.
The rest of the money will go towards prizes and administration costs.
Tickets will go on sale on 22 February 2018 and the first draw will be on 31 March 2018.
Volunteering with SSAFA
Join our Forces....
"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.