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    Lynn Little

    Carterton, | 29 Apr 2017

     

    I have been a volunteer for over seven years, as a Divisional Secretary. What stands out for me is helping several homeless veterans back into to the mainstream of life and seeing first hand how we, SSAFA, help support them through this traumatic time. I see myself as a safe pair of hands, always there what ever problems our clients have, even if it is just a chat on the phone with advice. Also as a volunteer I am able to raise the profile of SSAFA by way of a fundraising bear I have called Ted Little. At this moment he is on his way to the South Atlantic to raise funds and awareness, I am very lucky that 99 Sqn here at Brize Norton have taken him round the world as have the RAF Falcons, he does have a book of his adventures and gets invited in to the local primary schools to talk about his adventures. Volunteering is so rewarding in many ways, I have just signed up to be a mentor for SSAFA. My husband served 32 years in the Air Force, so I do have some experience of military life, I also volunteer at Repatriations as a Family Liaison Officer so I am able to help first hand the families who have been devastated by the loss of a love one. I would definitely recommend volunteering for SSAFA. Here is a photo of Ted, with the Wg Cm of 99sqn and myself, off on his first adventure.

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    Kate Spicer

    Ipswich, | 29 Apr 2017

     

    My story with SSAFA is a short one but hopefully some inspiration for future volunteers. I was bought up in the Army, mostly Germany within the family of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. SSAFA was always in the background as a child living on Army bases, although I didn't know anything about them, I knew of the name. My father left when I was 11 and about to start high school and civvy street was a scary place for me to adjust to. Now as an adult and parent to 4 children and 4 stepchildren, I found myself bored during the day and needing to feel like I was doing something for me. My youngest is Autistic and I couldn't work a "normal" job incase I was needed at school to deal with any incidents, so I looked into volunteering. SSAFA came up on my Facebook feed... "Come be a mentor and help service men and veterans" WOW I thought, just up my street! My paternal grandfather and grandmother were both Navy and my maternal grandfather RAF, as a tri-service family I wanted to help the tri-service charity. So I applied online. After my first appointment with Bob Barnes, Ipswich div sec, in June 2016, his enthusiasm was infectious and I couldn't wait to start. I was invited to the monthly meetings where I met the rest of Ipswich's team and was warmly welcomed and bought into their little family of support. I loved these meetings but started to feel a bit frustrated wanting to help but not being able to get on a course, so I started helping in other ways. I helped Sam and the others with the Big Brew Up and offered my services in the office having been a telephonist and office worker in the past. Bob took me on one day a week for a couple of hours to man the office, we are lucky enough to have a working office that we can all work out of. In March 2017 I finally done my caseworker course. I was put out quickly to start cases and have loved every aspect of the work. It is now my escape from the chaos and stresses of family life. I love the fact I can go and help other peoples chaos and stress and make a difference, no matter how small, and I feel like my name means something more than mum. Meeting the men and women that have served this country is inspiring in itself. The knowledge that I can help them in their times of need is also humbling and a little scary sometimes... what if I cant help? What if my report isn't good enough? What if they don't like me?... but the support I get from Bob and our team, SSAFA Suffolk and the volunteer helplines at central office have so far been second to none. I hope to be with SSAFA for the next 40 years like most that work with us. At 34 I am a young volunteer but I hope that I bring a newer and fresher way of thinking, drawing on the experience of others. To potential volunteers- read my story so far and understand that although it could be a wait to get started and get out there and help, it is worthwhile. I can't see me future without SSAFA and the people in it now so thankyou to SSAFA for giving me back me as a person, not just a partner, mum and all round dogsbody!!!

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