SSAFA celebrates 1.25 million hours given by volunteers


Giving the gift of time to help Armed Forces community this Volunteers Week

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is marking Volunteers Week by celebrating its incredible 5,802 volunteers across the country who donated 1.25 million hours of their time last year.

Volunteers are at the heart of SSAFA’s work with the Armed Forces family.  In 2017, SSAFA volunteers provided vital support to over 20,800 serving personnel, veterans and their families.

SSAFA branches provide personalised one-to-one support to the Armed Forces community in the area.  Its volunteer caseworkers offer practical, financial or emotional support, including offering friendly advice on personal affairs, accessing financial assistance or assessing the need for special equipment for those with disabilities.

Christine Cribb, Head of Volunteering at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said:

“We never cease to be amazed by the dedication of our incredible volunteers who give their time tirelessly to help support serving personnel, veterans and their families.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers at across the country who gave the gift of time last year.  We couldn’t do it without your endless support.”

Volunteering for SSAFA is a great way to give something back to your local Armed Forces community and meet new people. A military background is not necessary, but life experience, motivation and enthusiasm are essential.

To find out more about how you can support SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, visit

Notes to editors

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 67,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.

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