Why volunteer?

Why SSAFA needs you, and what you can get out of volunteering.

Volunteering with SSAFA

From day one volunteers have been at the heart of SSAFA. This is as true today as 135 years ago.

We simply could not reach as many people and make such a difference without their amazing support. Each and every volunteer is valuable and together they enable us to change the lives of those in need.

By volunteering with SSAFA you become part of this history and join a unique network of staff and volunteers delivering help to the armed forces family whenever they need it.

You can find out more about our history here.

Why get involved?

There are many reasons to volunteer and spend your time helping others.

Everyone will have their own reasons to get involved. For some it will be about giving back to their community, others might want to share or develop their skills, and some people may wish to connect and meet new people.

Volunteering can give you a renewed sense of purpose, new friendships and a new outlook on life. Studies have even shown that volunteers are generally happier and healthier than their non-volunteering peers.

  • Inspirational
    - Be part of making a real difference to people's lives

  • Sociable
    - Meet new friends and contacts

  • Flexible
    - Find a volunteer role that fits around your routine

  • Traditional
    - Be part of one of the oldest military charities and learn new skills

No matter what your motivation or background everyone has something to offer SSAFA.

Next Steps

Please use your postcode to search for a role in your area.

If you don't see anything suitable for you just now, please check back every month to see if new roles have become available.

If you have some questions before you apply please contact our friendly Volunteer Experience Team using this contact form and we will get back to you as swiftly as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!


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* If you have a direct link with your local Armed Forces base, you may be able to volunteer for a SSAFA Service Committee.

SSAFA invest in volunteers including providing training and induction to prepare you for your role.

This will be either face to face, online or both. You will have access to an online library of e-learning modules to allow you to continue developing your skills and knowledge throughout your time with SSAFA.

Once in your role, SSAFA offers guidance and support, both from fellow volunteers and employee’s, there is always someone who can answer a question or give some advice.