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SSAFA - FORCES HELP

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We have three Personal Family Support Workers at SSAFA RAF Marham (PFSW’S). If require support, you can contact them directly on:

Carol Bullas
01760 337261 Ext 6900 carol.bullas@ssafa.org.uk

Adele Berryman
01760 337261 Ext 6378
adele.berryman@ssafa.org.uk

And ANO tbc.
SSAFA 24hr Helpline: 0800 731 4880

https://www.ssafa.org.uk

If you are at Marham and require some practical support, you can call our community volunteer coordinator on 07984 908622.
The email address for the In-Service Committee team for fundraising, events and awareness raising is isc_marham@ssafa.org.uk

https://www.ssafa.org.uk



SSAFA Out of Hours

Mrs Helen Melville,
Chair, SSAFA RAF Marham In-Service Committee

I began my time as Chair of our committee officially in December and upon discussing this new responsibility with my family and friends I was rather taken aback by how few people were truly aware of SSAFA as one of the UK’s major armed forces charities.

SSAFA has been keeping quite a low profile compared to some much newer forces charities, but as the first military charity, it has a long and proud history of support for all our armed forces and their families, having been established as SSFA in 1885 to look after families of the soldiers and sailors sent abroad to Egypt. During WWI the charity was asked by the Government to help look after the families of the soldiers sent to fight in the war, recruiting 50,000 volunteers and raising £5 million for the national relief fund SSFA then gained another ‘A’ in 1921 shortly after the formation of the RAF and continued to provide support to all forces’ families through WWII and all conflicts since. The nature of the support offered has evolved with the charity now offering more social care services and family support including some things that I am sure you will have heard of such as providing temporary homes for the families of personnel staying at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court and supporting the Military Wives Choir which is a subsidiary charity of SSAFA.

So what do we do here at RAF Marham?
We have a team of SSAFA personnel & family support workers who are able to offer a full-time professional, confidential support service in a wide range of areas including individual, couple and family work. Our support workers can also put families in touch with a network of civilian agencies and guide them to more specialist SSAFA services such as adoption, mentoring for service leavers, holidays for children with additional needs and support groups for the wounded and bereaved (and many more!).

As a committee, we exist primarily to support our amazing team of Community Volunteers who recently triumphed at the inaugural Marham Awards Evening, winning the Service to the Community Award.  This dedicated team offers essential low-level practical support and befriending that we all may need from time to time, especially when the going gets tough, such as when partners are out of area. The team is made up of volunteers who live and work within the Marham community and understand the pressures that forces life can sometimes involve.  All services offered by SSAFA are on a confidential basis and no one need feel embarrassed or worried about asking for help.

We fundraise to enable us to offer small scale financial support to families and individuals who need money in an emergency and also to meet any expenses incurred by our volunteer team such as petrol costs if they have been helping by providing transport services to those who may need it.

Having regrouped as a committee after the Station had such a busy year last year, we have very many exciting events and activities planned! Watch out first of all for a gate collection during the week of 11-15th May, BIG SSAFA COLLECTION WEEK, which will be taking place nationwide. Please make sure you have the car and your pockets stocked up with some change that you are able to donate!

We will also be looking to host at least two BIG BREW UP events at the end of June, one on camp and one outside the wire in conjunction with CAMO DAY on Friday 26th June where we hope local schools will join in with another national fundraiser for SSAFA by allowing students to “dress up, blend in!” for the day!

We will most certainly have a significant presence at the Station Families and Friends Day on the 23rd of July and we are also planning to hold a BIG SSAFA RAFFLE later in the year with some fabulous prizes that have already started to roll in.

I do hope that this article has helped to give you more of an insight into what SSAFA does and how we work at RAF Marham. Few people are aware of the services that are offered to them and it is important to remember that SSAFA works to support everyone here; our regulars, reserves, contractors, civil servants and their families. If you would like to find out more please visit www.ssafa. org.uk or you would like to get in touch you can email me at isc_marham@SSAFA.org.uk.

If you would like to know more about our Community Volunteer Team or find out how you can help, you can call us on 07984 908622. 

SSAFA also offers an out of hours service which can be contacted on 0207 463 9358.

These contacts cover all that SSAFA offers, the charity’s statement on what we do being:
SSAFA provides practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served in the British Armed Forces, and their families

If you need us, we are here to help you. But in any case, we would be extremely grateful if you could support us in all that we do to enable us to reach those who need us most.

Introduction
• Tom Smith, Liz Smith & Lynsey Butterfield
• Full-time Personal & Family Support Workers
• SSAFA Forces Help Personal Support and Social Work Service (RAF)

What is the SSAFA Personal Support & Social Work Service?
• We are an independent civilian welfare organization
• Funded by the MOD
• Professionally trained staff*
• We provide a voluntary social welfare service to all in-Service personnel and their families
• We are accessible - more than 50% of people self refer
• Sufficient time is given to meet the needs of the individual
• An appointment can normally be given within one week (often earlier)

Confidentiality
• Our service is confidential
• Personal information is not discussed with the RAF unless the Service User gives permission
• We are located outside the ‘wire’ which helps with privacy.

What help do we offer?

Both direct work and information sharing on a wide range of matters including:
• Relationship work
• Practical advice on Separation & Divorce
• Mediation
• Emerging stress & anxiety
• Housing
• Children’s issues
• Loss & Bereavement
• Sign-posting to external helping agencies
• Offer specialist help in areas of fostering, adoption and children with additional needs
• SSAFA Community volunteers

SSAFFA Marham In-Service Committee

The SSAFA In-Service Committee (ISC) Marham are an enthusiastic team of volunteers, both serving and dependents who are responsible for advertising SSAFA and the work it does, as well as fundraising in order to assist RAF Marham personnel.

All monies raised by SSAFA Marham stay within RAF Marham to assist Serving single personnel and families within the RAF Marham community.

In addition to the ISC, there is a team of dedicated individuals who form the SSAFA Marham Community Volunteers. These individuals can offer support in times of need, whether this be help with day to day activities when family members are deployed or when life stressors are pushed. Community Volunteers are accessed through the SSAFA Personnel Support and Social Worker Team

If you are interested in joining the SSAFA Marham ISC, Community Volunteers or fundraising for SSAFA Marham please contact ISC_Marham@ssafa.org.uk.

Volunteers are always welcome!

Out of Hours Help

Working with the RAF

We work closely with individuals and the RAF to prepare reports for:
• Compassionate postings, leave & discharge
• Preferential treatment
• RAF Benevolent Fund applications
• DE Housing issues
• Summary Justice reports
• Long-term Sickness & Absence

How to Contact us:
• Ext 6051 or Ext 6378 for an appointment.
• Call at 4 Woodview Road (behind the Spar shop)


SSAFA Chairwoman
Mrs Helen Melville
Email: ssafachairmarham@gmail.com

Finally,
• If you are worried about a problem, please give us a call.
• And for those of you who are managing other personnel, please use us as a consultation resource.