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West Yorkshire

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Support for the armed forces in West Yorkshire

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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We aim to answer all telephone calls received between 0900hrs and 1700hrs weekdays, outside of these times voice mail is available.
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Email: wyorkshire@ssafa.org.uk

Phone: 0345 2 415 600

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  • Veterans' New Sunday Lunch Club

    The West Yorkshire Branch of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity is to host a monthly Veterans’ Monthly Lunch Club, starting on Sunday 1st July 2018.

    The West Yorkshire Branch of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity is to host a monthly Veterans’ Monthly Lunch Club, starting on Sunday 1st July 2018.

    The Sunday Lunch Club will be held on the first Sunday of each month, 12.30 for 1pm sitting. The menu will be hearty home cooked food, which will be freshly prepared on site and consist of a two-course meal.
    The Club, to be held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Commercial Street Morley LS27 8HY is open to Veterans’ and their immediate family as well as members of the Armed Forces who are currently serving.

    There will be an unlimited supply of Tea and Coffee and the opportunity for Veterans’ to socialise and meet old and new friends.

    The Chairman of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity West Yorkshire Branch, Terry Grayshon commented;

    “YouGov research commissioned by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has found that more than two in five (41 per cent) of British Armed Forces veterans surveyed have felt lonely or isolated at some point since leaving the military.
    More than three in ten of the veterans polled admitted (31 per cent) they have just one or no close friends and would be unlikely to discuss any feelings of loneliness with a family member or close friend (53 per cent), suggesting a limited support network for these veterans.

    The most common reasons veterans gave for feeling lonely and isolated included: losing touch with friends in the Armed Forces (41 per cent), physical or mental health issues (33 per cent), and struggling to relate to anyone in civilian life (23 per cent).

    The introduction of our Sunday Lunch Club will allow for Veterans’ of all ages to come together over a home cooked hearty meal to socialise with others who have served Queen and Country.

    The YouGov Survey brought up some worrying statistics and in West Yorkshire we wanted to do something proactive and address the problem of isolation within the Veteran community.
    I hope that our Sunday Lunch Club, which is being run on a pay as you feel basis with donations to SSAFA, will help bring Veterans together and give them the opportunity to socialise”.

    All Veterans and Serving Personnel are welcome to attend the Sunday Lunch Club, for catering purposes SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity would like attendees to advise them of their attendance by calling 0345 2 415 600 (local rate call) or by e-mailing wyorkshire@ssafa.org.uk

    For further details of the Lunch Club please call 0345 2 415 600 (local rate call) or e-mail wyorkshire@ssafa.org.uk.

  • We are here to help

    SSAFA In West Yorkshire

    SSAFA in West Yorkshire is organised on a regional basis which covers the whole of West Yorkshire. We have the Branch office in Carlton Barracks in Leeds and we also have offices in Keighley and Wakefield, although the biggest part of the region is managed by the Branch Secretary (Casework) and is based in Huddersfield.

    Anyone needing our help should contact us on: 0345 2 415 600 or contact us by e-mail.

  • SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity White Rose Armed Forces Day

    SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity White Rose Armed Forces Day

    On Saturday 30th June 2018 an Armed Forces Day event will take place at The White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds. SSAFA are leading on the event which will be an opportunity to learn more about the support we offer to the Armed Forces Familes,

    Entertainment thoughout the day and a number of stalls from the Reserve and Cadets Detachments in our area.

    We wil also be at Leeds Armed Forces Day on 23rd June in Briggate Leeds and Wakefield Armed Forces Day on 16th June at Pontefract Park.

  • SSAFA Controller Sir Andrew Gregory launches new contact number for West Yorkshire.

    0345 2 415 600 West Yorkshire Contact Number Launched

    The Controller of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory open the refurbished West Yorkshire Branch Office on Friday 2nd June and helped to launch the new One Number Contact facility for SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity in West Yorkshire, 0345 2 415 600.

    The new One Number contact for the West Yorkshire Branch of SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity is 0345 2 415 600 and uses up to the minute technology to deliver calls to our offices in West Yorkshire.

    Sir Andrew is picture with 84 year old Mr John Turley who is the longest serving volunteer in the West Yorkshire Branch, Sir Andrew invited John to help with unveiling a plaque to the front of the refurbished office which is based in Carlton Barracks Leeds.

  • Keighley Veterans' Donatation to SSAFA

    Our Thanks for their donation

    VETERANS from Keighley have united to donate cash for armed forces charity SSAFA.

    Members of three regimental associations chipped in to raise £100 to help comrades living with injury and illness.

    The regimental associations of the Yorkshire Regiment, the Yorkshire Volunteers and the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment meet each month at Keighley Drill Hall.

    They recently invited Phil Kendall from the Keighley division of SSAFA – formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association – to receive the money.

    Mr Kendall said: “We are extremely grateful for the kind donations and support, which all goes towards SSAFA being able to provide assistance for our ex-forces community, and their dependents, when they are most in need.

    “The people of Keighley are very supportive of us. The generosity of several local publicans and their patrons, in particular the Volunteer Arms, as well as many kind-hearted individuals, enables us to continue our work on their behalf.”

    The joint Regimental Association enjoys an active and friendly membership, with the veterans meeting on the last Friday of every month.

    The Association members would be more than happy to welcome anyone who had ever served with the local Regular or Territorial Army forces.

    nyone interested in joining should contact Dave Connor by emailing davidconnor31361@gmail.com or call 07528 672114 for further information.

    The Keighley division of SSAFA is also based at the Drill Hall, in Lawkholme Lane, and anyone in need of help should email ssafakeighley@yahoo.co.uk or call 01535 669354. Office hours are Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 3pm.

    SSAFA is one of the largest military charities, founded in 1885 to support serving and ex-serving Armed Forces personnel and their dependents.

    Branches and divisions cover every area of the UK, as well as overseas wherever the Forces save.

    A spokesman said: “SSAFA has teams of caring, highly-trained and dedicated volunteer caseworkers, meeting people in their own homes, responding to requests and enquiries, identifying their needs, and providing important help whether financial, practical and emotional.

    With thanks to the Keighley News

  • SSAFA Keighley Division Display

    Information Display in Airedale Shopping Centre

    Shoppers in the West Yorkshire town of Keighley can view a wide variety of information about SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity, which is on display at the Airedale Shopping Centre.

    The display includes contact information and the services offered by SSAFA as well as "signposting" information.

    Our thanks to the Airedale Shopping centre for hosting the display.

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We are always needing more volunteers to help us with the work of SSAFA. We need Caseworkers in the whole region and we also need people to help with Fundraising and raising the public's awareness of SSAFA in West Yorkshire, so if you can give us some time and wish to volunteer then please get in touch using any of the numbers shown above.