Volunteer with the Armed Forces Charity SSAFA

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SSAFA, the UK’s oldest military charity, supports the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. "Any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us." Volunteers are key to this work.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • It’s sociable – meet new friends and contacts
  • It’s flexible – find a volunteer role that fits around your routine
  • It’s inspirational – be part of making a real difference to people’s lives

‘It’s very humbling to know that we can make a difference to people’s lives in small ways. Yes, I’m very proud to work with SSAFA.’

‘What’s in it for me? It fills my time. I meet interesting people. And I’ve had very fulfilling moments when something goes right.’

‘Helping a widow who has been worried about the cost of burying her husband and seeing the relief on her face when we’ve secured her some financial support is really worth the effort.’

This video introduces from SSAFA volunteers and explains why they choose to volunteer:

What to expect?

Visit How to Volunteer, where you can enter your post code to search for local opportunities and read about how to become a volunteer. You can also search for current opportunities on the GO-ViP volunteering platform.

To find out about the great work SSAFA do and the different ways you can support them, please visit SSAFA.org.uk

More information

With several different volunteering roles available, there are many reasons to volunteer and spend your time helping others.

Everyone will have their own reasons to get involved.

For some it will be about giving back to their community, others might want to share or develop their skills, and some people may wish to connect and meet new people.

Volunteering can give you a renewed sense of purpose, new friendships and a new outlook on life. Studies have even shown that volunteers are generally happier and healthier than their non-volunteering peers.

SSAFA invests in volunteers including providing training and induction to prepare you for your role.

This will be either face to face, online or both. You will have access to an online library of e-learning modules to allow you to continue developing your skills and knowledge throughout your time with SSAFA.

Once in your role, SSAFA offers guidance and support, both from fellow volunteers and employees; there is always someone who can answer a question or give some advice.

This video shows more about what SSAFA does:

How to contact

Where to go

Various locations across Peterborough

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