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Recent research by Armed Forces SSAFA charity found that 60% of respondents wish they had done more to support others during the pandemic …
After finding that 74% of respondents to a recent survey agreed they felt inspired by seeing their communities come together during the pandemic, SSAFA is calling for more people to step up, volunteer and get involved.
The charity is calling on the public to help their local Armed Forces community this new year by volunteering for SSAFA. More than 60% of those surveyed also agreed that they wish they’d done more to support others during the COVID-19 pandemic, and nearly 40% agreed that they felt there wasn’t enough support available to those who needed it. Just over half (51.62%) of those surveyed admitted they did not make any community contribution during the pandemic. However, with nearly 90% of those surveyed agreeing that they care about the veteran community, the charity is now calling for the public to carry on the positive lessons learned in 2020 by helping to support the Forces family now.
SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity provides financial, practical and emotional support for serving personnel, veterans and military families across the UK and worldwide. The contribution of thousands of SSAFA volunteers is crucial in supporting those hit hardest by the pandemic.
The roles are varied, flexible and very rewarding, giving back to those who have served. Previous experience is not necessary as training will be provided. People from all backgrounds and experiences are welcome, and a military background is not essential.
The COVID-19 outbreak and pandemic that began in 2020 has had a huge impact on the Armed Forces community, with many more seeking help than ever before. SSAFA’s free and confidential helpline, Forcesline, saw an 80% increase over the same period in 2019.
Says Sir Andrew Gregory, CEO at SSAFA: ‘During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities have come together in an exemplary manner, and a sense of community spirit and collective grit has shone through; some have likened this to the sentiments felt by the nation during the Blitz.
‘Volunteers have been at the heart of SSAFA throughout our 135-year history, helping, when necessary, those who serve this nation in our Armed Forces and their families regain their independence and dignity. I would encourage those who want to help their local community to volunteer for SSAFA. In these challenging times in particular, you can make a great difference, and we need your time and support more than ever.’
Everyone who offers their time to volunteer with SSAFA makes a huge difference. If you are interested in volunteering for SSAFA, please click here to find out more.
Call SSAFA’s confidential helpline, Forcesline on 0800 731 4880 or start a live chat here
For more information about the work of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, click here
About SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
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 85,000 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. We are here for that person – any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need.
You can make a great difference, and we need your time and support more than ever
Main picture: SSAFA volunteer Deborah Maguire
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