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From Service to Support: A Guide to How SSAFA Helps Our Heroes

Thursday 21st March 2024

If you follow us on social media, you might recall our recent highlight about the lovely Mrs Grant, whose journey led to us through a referral from SSAFA. Known for her spirited independence, Mrs Grant faced challenges with her mobility over time. Through SSAFA's guidance, she found her way to us, seeking the ideal solution to maintain her freedom. We were thrilled to match Mrs Grant with the perfect mobility scooter, the Apex Rapid, ensuring her continued enjoyment of life's simple pleasures, including those cherished walks with her beloved dog, Buddy.

This heart warming story leads us to a broader conversation about SSAFA, a cornerstone of support for veterans and military families in the UK. You might be curious about SSAFA, what it stands for, it's mission and how it connects to what we do at Solent Mobility Centre. We're here to unfold the narrative of SSAFA and its crucial role, not only in the lives of individuals like Mrs Grant but also in our community at large.

What is SSAFA?

SSAFA isn't just the UK's oldest military charity, it's also a beacon of hope and support for our heroes since 1885! With an incredible network of over 3,400 volunteers, SSAFA supports more than 66,000 individuals each year, offering a lifeline to those in active service, veterans, and their loving families. SSAFA has continuously adapted to meet the changing needs of the Armed Forces community, standing as a pillar of support and advocacy for over a century.

Their mission is rooted in the core belief that the commitment of our Armed Forces should be met with the nation's gratitude and respect, a principle that resonates deeply with us at Solent Mobility Centre.

How can SSAFA help?

SSAFA offer a wide variety of services, offered to anyone eligible. They mainly provide welfare advice and support but can also help with:

• Mentoring

• Housing

• Adoption

• Disability Support

• Debt Advice

• Mobility Assistance

• Homelessness Support

• Providing Household Goods

Who is eligible for SSAFA support?

SSAFA will help all serving and former members of all ranks in the Armed Forces. They will also offer their services to the following people:

• Husbands and wives

• Widows and widowers

• Civil partners

• Partners who are in an established relationship with a beneficiary

• Children who are dependent on a beneficiary

• Those who provide care for a beneficiary

What makes SSAFA unique?

SSAFA is an incredibly unique charity, giving support to any individual at any stage in their military career; no one's service is ever forgotten. With their widespread network, there's volunteers all over the UK prepared to help out in their local community. When anyone in the Forces family finds themselves in need, SSAFA is the charity they can turn to.

At Solent Mobility Centre, we appreciate the outstanding work that our local charities do for our community. We are always looking to support local charities the best we can, keeping our community thriving. If you're looking for SSAFA support, you can find them at www.ssafa.org.uk