Supporting Older Veterans with Age UK

SSAFA and Age UK have teamed up to ensure that older veterans have someone to turn to during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Older veterans over the past few months have been shielding or self-isolating to stay safe and this has often led to a feeling of being disconnected and isolated.

- Ted, SSAFA Volunteer

 

SSAFA and Age UK are working together to support older Veterans who require additional support during these unprecedented times due to COVID-19.

Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, the aim of the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten campaign is to join up the different sources of support available to Veterans, ensuring they have the welfare and quality of life that they deserve especially during these difficult times.

Many older veterans over the past few months have been shielding or self-isolating to stay safe and this has often led to a feeling of being disconnected and isolated from what is happening within their local communities. We have in the past worked with Age UK East Sussex to assist our local veterans. Age UK East Sussex are able to assist with services that we were not able to offer.

This project has enabled SSAFA & Age UK East Sussex to now enhance this assistance by providing the collection of medication, undertake shopping, continue and improve the telephone befriending service and provide one off assistance. Age UK East Sussex are also able to refer veteran clients to their local SSAFA contacts for further assistance if required. This collaborative working will become invaluable in the coming months ahead.

- Ted Williams, Divisional Secretary, SSAFA Hastings

SSAFA volunteers continue to do their utmost to support Veterans through their networks, whether it be casework, giving information or advice or listening to their stories. Our partnership with Age UK enhances this support by offering a referral pathway and a close relationship increasing the breadth and depth of services available to Veterans.

Please use the contact form below to get in touch and tell us how we can help you or if you are interested in finding out more about this project.

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Please complete the form on this page to speak to our Older Veterans advisor. Alternatively if you need urgent help, please contact Forcesline on:

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