County Councillor Jill Hood has lent her support to The Armed Forces charity SSAFA, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, which provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependants, including those who did their National Service.
The charity was first formed in 1885 and in 1914 helped families of the armed forces during the Great War. Today they are still here with the understanding of the impact that time spent in the forces can have on families and those who have served their country.
Jill was approached by SSAFA case officer Kathy Munslow who explained how important it was to have a local base in Stone for the many serving and ex-forces men and women and their families who are entitled to help from SSAFA.The result was that she agreed to give part of her community funding to help with room hire to get a drop-in centre off the ground.
“I was totally ignorant of the work that this wonderful organisation does and when Kathy told me about some of the cases, I had no hesitation in asking how I could help.”
Post traumatic stress disorder destroys the lives of many who have served and seen active service. Through no fault of their own their marriages break down, they stop seeing their children and family and in the worst cases, become homeless and an average 40 a year will attempt suicide due to their PTSD-induced depression.
In Stone and the surrounding areas there are a number serving in the armed forces and also many ex-service men and women. You would also be surprised how many ex-military people there are who run Stone businesses. It would be much appreciated if you made yourselves known to the SSAFA group at the Frank Jordan Centre and could offer some sort of practical local support to them.
Kathy and her group have started a much needed drop-in for those who want help and support with anything from housing to employment and practical and emotional support, but most importantly to be able to talk to qualified and experienced people who understand.
It may be that you don’t need any help but would like a welcome chat and a cuppa. Kathy and Mark will be at the Frank Jordan Centre in Stone (ST15 8NA) every Tuesday between 10.30am and 12pm. Pop in for more details.