SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been shortlisted for the Third Sector Charity Partnership of the Year award thanks to its successful partnership with Age UK.
SSAFA has been partnered with Age UK to deliver the Joining Forces Project, an initiative funded by the Armed Forces Covenant. The project aims to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of older veterans born before 1950, and their families.
Joining Forces has delivered 12 local projects, which involve a partnership between a local SSAFA branch and the local Age UK groups. The projects are currently running in: Cheshire East, North Yorkshire and Darlington, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Portsmouth, Tyne & Wear, West Cumbria, Wirral, Wolverhampton and Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Sophie Nathan, Joining Forces Outreach Advisor for SSAFA, said:
“We are honoured to be nominated for the Third Sector Charity Partnership of the Year award. The Joining Forces project has enabled us to reach more veterans who are struggling and offer a more streamlined service. We have been working extremely hard with Age UK to ensure that no older veterans call goes unanswered and we feel so privileged that our work has been recognised”.
The Charity Partnership of the Year award is given to a partnership that has enabled the partners to more effectively deliver services to its beneficiaries, reach new groups and reduce costs. Previous nominees include: Refuaid and Street UK, Saints Foundation and The Big Issue, Friends of the Elderly and the West Ham United Foundation and many more.
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Notes to editors
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Last year our teams of volunteers and employees helped more than 82,000 people in need, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts, and their families. SSAFA understands that behind every uniform is a person. And we are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us.