A grant from the Veterans’ Foundation will breathe new life into SSAFA Scotland’s lifelong support scheme helping Armed Forces veterans.
The £30,000 award will be used to inject new energy into the charity’s Scottish arm through funding the recruitment, training and equipping of new volunteers to deliver the high-quality service that SSAFA are renowned for.
“SSAFA is based on the generosity, care and expertise of its volunteers,” said Wing Commander Allan Steele, Trusts Officer for SSAFA in Scotland.
“The grant is required to ensure that SSAFA volunteers in Scotland continue to deliver a first-class service for members of the Armed Forces community in need.”
Formed in 1885, SSAFA are the UK’s oldest tri-service charity, and their support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force, as well as their families and anyone who has completed national service.
No matter how long these people have served for, SSAFA believes they are all entitled to lifelong support and this Veterans’ Foundation grant will be key to delivering this in Scotland.
“The pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to SSAFA, its volunteers and its beneficiaries,” explained Allan.
“We reacted and we coped, but we now need to revitalise and meet the new challenges faced. The Veterans’ Foundation has made that possible through its incredible generosity,” he added.
“It is hard to express just how grateful we are at SSAFA to the Veterans’ Foundation for its generosity and for its faith in SSAFA.”