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About our Mentors

Help Forces leavers to achieve their potential in civilian life

For more information call our Volunteer team on 0845 658 1167 or send us an online enquiry.


As a SSAFA Mentor you'll help injuered, wounded and sick service leavers to make a successful transition into civilian life.

About the role

A good mentor offers life experience, a listening ear and sometimes a push in the right direction. Many mentors come from a Forces background, though this is not essential. Our mentors, like all SSAFA volunteers, are fully trained and carefully paired with a mentee.

What makes volunteering with SSAFA special is that in all areas of your role you’ll get to see first hand the difference you make to people’s lives.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • Willing to to listen
  • Non-judgemental and objective
  • Free to give their time
  • Able to inspire others
  • Believe in others

As a mentor you will receive professional training to help you provide the best possible support to your mentee during and after their transition onto Civvy Street. This training is specially designed to give you the confidence to start mentoring and to develop your mentoring relationship over an extended period. We will carefully pair you with a service leaver who will benefit the most from your support.

Support from SSAFA

We offer comprehensive support to our mentors:

  • Practical support through our two regional mentoring coordinators
  • Supervision support from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Peer support and opportunities to share best practice including Mentor Refresher Days for extra training and our active online mentoring discussion forum
  • Overall support as part of the SSAFA family.

How to apply

Contact us to find out about opportunities to become a Mentor in your local area.

Our recruitment process includes interviews and a reference check.

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How we use your information
The information you provide will be used to create a personal record on our database if your application to become a SSAFA volunteer is successful. It will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any other organisation; all data collected from unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed as soon as it is no longer needed. SSAFA complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.