How your gift will help

A gift in your will makes a difference to the lives of our Armed Forces and their families

How your gift will help

A gift in your will to support SSAFA's work makes a huge difference to the lives of those in the Forces family. Legacies ensure that we can continue our vital work helping those who have made sacrifices on behalf of our nation, people who need a helping hand to lead independent lives with dignity, knowing that their service to our nation is not forgotten.

Here are just a few of the ways in which your gift could support our vital work:

Welfare Support

Our UK-wide network of volunteer-led branches offer practical, emotional and financial support to those who turn to us from the Forces family. We also partner with specialist organisations to get specialised help where it's needed. This might be financial or debt management, advice on housing, mental or physical health issues, as well as family breakdowns. We visit those who are elderly, vulnerable and isolated, offering friendship and regular contact.

Importantly, we also help those currently serving and their families, with our community volunteers embedded in military bases across the UK and overseas offering financial, personal and emotional support as needed.


We run a free, confidential helpline that is often the first port of call for those in the Armed Forces community who are experiencing personal difficulty. Operating outside the chain of command, our SSAFA helpline was contacted by more than 26,000 people in 2017 – that’s more than 2,000 calls per month from people in need. Sometimes, Forcesline is an immediate lifeline for callers who feel overwhelmed with what they are facing. It is crucial that we are able to keep this service open.


Many service personnel find the transition into civilian life hard, especially in instances of discharge on medical grounds. Our mentoring programme provides personalised, face-to-face support during the transition period and for up to two years afterwards. SSAFA mentoring helps motivate, support and build resilience.  It empowers service leavers and their partners to fulfil their potential in their new lives outside
 the military.


SSAFA runs an independent adoption agency that supports military individuals and couples looking to create a family. We understand the particular challenges that serving families face during this process, as regular postings and deployments can make it difficult for serving personnel to adopt through local authorities. By offering a nationwide service, SSAFA is able  to support families through the entire process, no matter where they move, no matter how long  it takes. We also offer lifelong post-adoption support for their adoptive families and last year alone we supported 223 applicants, adoptive parents and children adopted through SSAFA.

Large or small, every donation counts - together, we're making a real difference to people's lives.

  • A gift of £750 could immediately help any members of the military, veterans or their families who are at risk of becoming homeless.
  • A gift of £5000 could train and provide for eight specialist mentors, each of whom will go on to help multiple Forces leavers who are struggling to adapt to civilian life.
  • A gift of £10,000 could fund over 50 short-break family weekends for children from military families suffering from illnesses or disabilities.
  • A gift of £50,000 could fund Norton House, which offers free, safe and supportive accommodation to families while their loved one is treated at the nearby Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, for three months

We are pleased to say that 89p of every £1 donated to SSAFA goes directly to our beneficiaries and families in need.

The remaining 11p in every pound donated goes to running the charity and investing in fundraising to raise more money. Transparency and trust is crucial to the way that we run SSAFA. You can give a legacy or leave a gift in your will to SSAFA with confidence.

“I felt like I had nothing more to live for. Without the support of SSAFA, I honestly don’t think I’d still be here today."
SSAFA Beneficiary

"If it wasn't for SSAFA I don’t know where I'd be now. Still living on the streets, at best. I feel I’ve had a second chance."

SSAFA Beneficiary