ALL CHANGE IN SALISBURY
Hilary Pearce has taken over as our Salisbury Division Secretary from Sue Rollo who was in post for eight years.
Supporting SSAFA tends to run in families, and Hilary first got to know us through her mum, who was a case worker in Lancashire for 30 years. Hilary spent a good part of her childhood fundraising or waiting in the car outside the client's house while her Mum was inside filling in forms! Hilary works for The Royal British Legion and when she's not doing that, she's kept busy by daughters Blythe and Cecily and her husband who is currently serving with The Yorkshire Regiment and based in Andover.
Hilary is delighted to join SSAFA Salisbury and is looking forward to a busy year ahead.
BUILDING ON SUCCESS
SSAFA's New Controller visits our County AGM
SSAFA's recently appointed controller, Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Gregory, was a very welcome guest at our branch AGM in Tidworth. Sir Andrew took as the theme for his address "Building On Success", reinforcing the traditional strengths of SSAFA and emphasising the need for us to adapt to the changing world of military charities and welfare. Volunteers took the opportunity to question Sir Andrew about his plans for the future and an exchange of views between delegates was further facilitated by an excellent lunch.
Several volunteers received long service awards, and the various branch officials reporting on the past year were able to confirm that we are in good shape to face the challenges of the increased workload likely to come with the Army's Rebasing programme.
In-Service Committees and County Branch Seek Closer Ties
We were delighted to welcome to our AGM representatives from the various in-service committees on our "patch" who provide services to our beneficiaries "behind the wire".
Historically, because SSAFA matured in an era of slow analogue communications, each part of the organisation was able to fend for itself, raising funds and offering support with minimal interaction with Central Office. With the military charity landscape constantly shifting, beneficiary needs evolving, and the Army Rebasing programme underway, it is now vital that county branches work closely with their in-service counterparts to optimise support and to ensure that those leaving the services know what support is available to them and how to access it.
As we work towards closer integration of our efforts and will let you know how we're doing on our Facebook page (see link below).
ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
21 Signals Regiment and Tescos join forces to Help Our Forces
The Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Linda Self, and Town Crier Trevor Heeks were among those showing their support to the 21 Signals team on their 48 hours non-stop bike ride at Tesco Extra in Trowbridge. The team pedalled for some 686 miles and raised a magnificent £1200 which will go to supporting our work with the Forces family in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Special thanks to Tara Wysocki, the Tesco Extra Community Champion and all the staff at Tescos for helping us stage the event and making us all feel so welcome.
RAISING THE ROOF IN DURRINGTON
Tidworth Military Wives and the Navy Lark Choir raise the roof and £930
Durrington Village Hall was the venue for an excellent evening's entertainment by the Tidworth Military Wives and the Navy Lark Choir recently. The concert and raffle raised £930 for our Kennet Division which Division Secretary Margaret Lock was delighted to receive.
Our thanks to everyone involved whether singing, organising or donating raffle prizes - your efforts are very much appreciated!
COME AND JOIN US!
Are You Looking To Help Others?
We need people who will give some of their time to do whatever is necessary to help us to help the Forces Family in Wiltshire & Swindon. Baking cakes, selling books, helping on stands at events, creating and managing online content, talking to organisations and schools about our work - you name it, we need somebody to help do it!
As thousands more servicemen and women and their families move back to Salisbury Plain from Germany, WE ARE DESPERATELY SHORT OF VOLUNTEERS to ensure our vital work continues. Click on the "Recruiting Poster" in the files section at the bottom of this page for more, or get in touch (see top of page).
Volunteering in Wiltshire and Swindon
Volunteers are at the heart of our work with the Armed Forces family.
Meet inspiring people, gain some confidence and learn new skills as part of our volunteer network in Wiltshire and Swindon. Most of our volunteers support ex-service personnel and their dependants living in their community, though we always need help manning our stands at events, baking cakes, making things, administration and much more.
Whatever your skills or experience, you WILL be able to help, so to discuss how, please get in touch via the contact details top of this page.