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About our Community Volunteers

Provide support for Forces families at your local base

For more information call our Volunteer team on 0845 658 1167 or send us an online enquiry.

Community Volunteers

Our Community Volunteers are there to give a helping hand to people in their local service community.

About the role

 You might be helping someone to get to a hospital appointment or making visits to a family who has been left isolated by deployment. You will usually work on your local base or station.

We’re looking for people who can offer some friendly support and a listening ear. Here are just some of the ways that you could help:

  • Practical support such as providing transport to local hospitals and elsewhere
  • Visiting isolated and lonely families when a spouse is deployed
  • Supporting the bereaved and helping estranged families
  • Befriending those who need someone to listen and when necessary putting them in touch with someone else who can help
  • Giving advice to newlyweds, who may be unfamiliar with service life
  • Assisting those leaving the Armed Forces, who may be anxious about resettlement into civilian life.

You’ll be carefully trained and prepared to take on your role. You will also work together with your local community volunteer coordinator.

This rewarding role is an opportunity to offer your time to benefit those in your local Armed Forces community, as well as to develop new skills and meet some inspirational people.

Who we're looking for

You do not need a Forces background to volunteer with us. Most importantly, we are looking for volunteers who will listen sensitively and treat people with respect at all times. We also welcome people who have:

  • Willingness to develop new skills and train for new things
  • Basic IT skills
  • Ability to work in a team and support others
  • Ability to work within our Volunteer Policy and Code of Conduct
  • Ability to work confidentially
  • A driver’s licence (for some geographical areas).

How to apply

Contact us to find out about opportunities to become a Community Volunteer in your local area.

Our recruitment process includes interviews and a reference check.

Contact us about volunteering

The information you provide will be used to create a personal record on our database if your application to become a SSAFA volunteer is successful. It will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any other organisation; all data collected from unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed as soon as it is no longer needed. SSAFA complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.