Military Charities


SSAFA is the UK’s oldest Armed Forces charity. They provide practical help and assistance to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served, even if it was only for a single day. Each year, they support more than 50,000 people in the Armed Forces community because they believe that their bravery, dedication and commitment deserves a lifetime of support.


SSAFA Forcesline – Talk Things Through in Confidence

Something on your mind?

Forcesline is a free and 100% confidential helpline that is completely independent of the military chain of command. The experienced civilian staff provide a supportive, listening and signposting service for serving personnel and their families, as well as former members of the Armed Forces. You can talk to Forcesline about anything including personal concerns, worries and problems. Where possible, they will give you factual information or ‘signpost’ the appropriate ways forward, but they will never judge you.

Forcesline Freephone Numbers

The telephone support line is available Monday-Friday, including Bank Holidays, and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The line is open from 0900-1730 hrs (UK local time).

UK 0800 731 4880

Germany 0800 1827 395

Cyprus 800 91065

Falkland Islands # 6111

Rest of the world +44 (0)207 463 9292

For more information on SSAFA visit


SSAFA Ex-Service – Aldershot and Farnborough Branch

Maurice Toye House, 27 Middle Hill, Aldershot GU11 1PL

Tel: 01252 322039

This local branch of SSAFA Ex-Service is open on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 1030-1230 hrs. Messages can be left on the answerphone outside of these hours. Help, advice and assistance is available through this branch for all Servicemen, ex-Servicemen and their families.


SSAFA In-Service in Aldershot

SSAFA offers a befriending service via practical, emotional and confidential support to serving personnel and their families, helping them to help themselves through periods of difficulty.

If you would like to know more about what SSAFA do, or how you can help in your community by volunteering, please contact the SSAFA Volunteer Co-ordinator on Tel: 07925 530071.

There is a local SSAFA Committee which organises events and raises funds for SSAFA to be spent locally. So if you like to meet people, have some time to give or want to find out more about helping others, please contact the SSAFA Committee on: Tel: 07552 098115 Alternatively you can email them at


Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion is one of the UK’s leading Armed Forces charities. They provide practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families. They actively campaign to improve their lives and safeguard the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces.

They also organise the Poppy Appeal, run one of the UK’s largest membership organisations and are recognised as the nation’s custodian of Remembrance.

Their mission is to provide welfare, comradeship, representation and Remembrance for the Armed Forces Community.

Whether it’s families coping with the loss of a loved one, help at home to adapt to independent living, recovery centres for injured personnel, money and careers advice or residential care: they are on hand to help. Nearly nine million people are eligible to access their welfare services and they aim to help the most in need.

For more information about the Royal British Legion visit


ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

The ABF are on hand to support the men and women who put everything on the line to defend their country. They offer lifetime support to serving soldiers or veterans.

They offer help and support to individuals and, when they need help, their families. They stand by them in conflict and in peacetime, throughout their lives.

The immediate help they offer is a lifeline. But they look to the future too, keeping ahead of the game, finding the best ways to give medical, technical and financial support to give the best possible outlook for the men and women who sacrifice so much.

For more information on the support that is provided visit

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