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SSAFA-FH Separation

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity – Separation

Practical Help and Information

  • If you are still in Service Family Accommodation then housing information and advice is available from the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO). They can advise on social housing law and your housing options.
  • It is essential for you to consider what benefits and tax credits you are entitled to so you can maximise your income. If you are unsure please contact the Welfare Department at SSAFA.

Emotional Support

  • The Confidential Support Line provides a friendly listening and advisory service for Service personnel and their families 365 days a year.
  • SSAFA can offer advice and information to assist you through a difficult break-up and there are many other welfare agencies who can also offer support.
  • Please remember - if we cannot help you, we know someone who can.

Housing

  • Further information and advice is available from SSAFA’s Housing Advisory Service, including a Homelessness Guide.
  • SSAFA operates Stepping Stone Homes in the North East and South of the UK, providing short-stay accommodation for separated women and their children. The homes accommodate those who are facing homelessness, who are about to be evicted or who are in need of emergency accommodation.
  • "We were safe, not alone. We felt welcome and we were well looked after. Living there has been so positive for me. I will never be able to express my gratitude for all the staff have done for me in simple words."

Managing your finances

  • Moving house can be expensive. Can you ask family and friends to help? If you are overseas, please ask your Service Welfare Agency about removals.
  • Is there a local authority scheme that could help you with the cost of furniture, white goods, carpets and decorations? Can you apply for a community care grant? In some circumstances financial support may be available from your local SSAFA In-Service Committee or Branch.
  • We can also supply details of Housing Associations in your chosen area, and advise on who is eligible and how to apply.
  • We can provide lists of Residential Lettings Agents should you wish to rent privately and can advise on the advantages and pitfalls to look for
  • SSAFA's Community Volunteers offer practical assistance, ranging from helping with the shopping to providing transport to the doctor's surgery.
  • The end of a relationship can be a traumatic and confusing time but do not be afraid to ask for help.
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