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‘One Day’s Service, A Lifetime of Support’

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The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help supports all who serve in our Armed Forces; veterans, and their families. The Association’s professional staff and network of 7,000 volunteers, many of them veterans themselves, helps more than 50,000 people each year.

It takes one day’s service in any of our Armed Forces to qualify for assistance. This includes National Servicemen, their partners and dependents. Reservists and TA are also eligible subject to service.

With the passing of the Second World War generation, SSAFA is increasingly meeting the needs of new veterans, National Servicemen and their widows, veterans from more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War. The two Gulf Wars and Afghanistan bring younger veterans with new challenges such as homelessness, mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse and debt. SSAFA delivers financial assistance, practical and emotional support and works at a local level to provide advice and help. Following initial assessment, assistance like home adaptation, the purchase of specialised equipment and respite holidays can be funded.
“It takes only one day’s service in any of our Armed Forces to qualify for assistance.”

malkeetSSAFA helped Malkeet Singh Bharaj, a 52 year old ex infantry man from Huddersfield, out of financial crisis by securing funds for him to get a license to work in the security industry. Malkeet, who served with the Green Howards, Yorkshire Regiment, got into difficulty when he suffered domestic problems which lead to the break up of his family and the loss of his job. When he had difficulty finding work, he took a course to set him up in a new career. He qualified to work in the security industry but he could not afford to buy the required licence. SSAFA sourced the money from grant making bodies and is assisting Malkeet move forward with his life.


Vaughn Davis was homeless and living in a tent in the Wiltshire countryside when he came to the attention of SSAFA. Vaughn had served with the Parachute Regiment and the physical stresses of his military service and civilian career in the building trade had seriously affected his mobility and breathing. Vaughn drifted into homelessness and his living conditions combined with his physical problems left him vulnerable. When Vaughn’s tent and car were removed the local authority put him in touch with SSAFA. Local landlords were initially unwilling to consider Vaughn as a potential tenant. SSAFA worked with letting agents to find suitable accommodation and liaised with benevolent funds to purchase furniture for his new home.

SSAFA committees have been established in many of the British service communities across the world providing dedicated support to those currently serving.

For information on SSAFA and for details of local contacts
or call 0845 1300 975



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unique training for disabled adults

Finchale Training College was established in 1943 as a rehabilitation centre for wounded armed forces personnel

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It is a registered charity providing full residential facilities and training for disabled adults experiencing a range of mental, medical and physical health issues and special needs.

Courses such as Networking, Accountancy, Bench Joinery, Business Administration and Horticulture are targeted at gaps in the employment market. All courses are fully funded by the Department for Work & Pensions.



People come to the college, based in Durham, from all over the country. Finchale aims to give trainees vocational qualifications, real work experience, personal and communication skills and the support required to gain and retain employment

Dale Spooner, an ex-Serviceman from Bishop Auckland, is currently completing a 7 month Business Administration course as a daily travel trainee. After serving in the REME in Northern Ireland & Germany, he joined the Prison Service.
However a failed operation on his knees, damaged in Service, forced him into retirement.

He is currently seeking employment in Durham where an opportunity has opened up for him at a local College as a trainer for the European Computer Driving Licence. Dale said ”Finchale Training College has been fantastic. It built my confidence, helped me to develop new skills and has opened up a whole new career. I can’t thank my trainer enough.”

Tel. 01913862634




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