CYPRUS

WE UNDERSTAND THAT BEING POSTED TO CYPRUS, AWAY FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN BE CHALLENGING. THAT IS WHY SSAFA CYPRUS OFFER A WIDE RANGE OF PRACTICAL WELFARE, HEALTH AND SOCIAL WORK SERVICES ON THE ISLAND, THAT RESPOND TO THE DIVERSE AND UNIQUE NEEDS OF THE BRITISH FORCES CYPRUS COMMUNITY.

"WELCOME TO SSAFA CYPRUS. AS A PART OF THE GLOBAL SSAFA NETWORK, WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING LIFELONG SUPPORT FOR OUR FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

With staff and volunteers across the island, we understand the unique and diverse needs of the British Forces Cyprus community and are always here to help. Whether you are currently serving in the forces, a forces veteran or a family member, SSAFA will provide practical support whatever the problem, whenever and wherever it is needed – every single day of the year.

Here in Cyprus we offer support in two key areas. We have a full-time team of SSAFA Professionals who provide health, welfare and social care services on behalf of the MOD. This highly skilled team work closely with the military, partner organisations and local volunteers to provide quality care that is responsive to the particular needs of forces communities on the island and in line with UK best practice.

We also have a team of highly trained, Volunteers and our own SSAFA Branch unit. These people are the lifeblood of our organisation and help to improve the quality of life for serving and ex-serving personnel and their families across the island.

I have had the pleasure of working with SSAFA since 2001 and have seen first hand how SSAFA Cyprus is uniquely positioned to provide help to the BFC community.  At SSAFA, we pride ourselves on constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of our Forces community and we are always keen to hear from you about our services. Please feel free to contact me with any feedback or suggestions. My door is always open."

JAN DOWLEN-GILLILAND, GENERAL MANAGER.

 

SSAFA'S VISION

We want our Armed Forces (both Regular and Reserves), veterans and their families to know they can depend on SSAFA for support now and for the rest of their lives. Our values mean we are committed, practical and understanding.

We believe that the commitment of our Forces and their families deserves our lifelong support. We provide practical, emotional and financial support to anyone who is serving or has ever served and their families. Whenever you need us, we’ll do whatever we can to help. 

 

COMMITTED

 

PRACTICAL

 

UNDERSTANDING

 

Our lifelong support for our Forces and their families is reflected in everything we do. So if you need help, we’ll be here for you, through thick and thin, until the job is done.

SSAFA is an organisation that does whatever it takes to get things done. We provide practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and the families of both, every single day of the year.

We understand that your time in the Forces can have an impact, now and in the future. But the challenges everyone faces are different, so whatever the problem is, we’ll find a way to solve it.

 

SSAFA'S SERVICE

In Cyprus, SSAFA exists in two capacities, Professionals and Volunteers. OWhile these two areas are funded separately, everyone at SSAFA Cyprus works together to serve the welfare needs of your community.

FUNDRAISING

All the money is raised for SSAFA Cyprus stays on the island and is invested back into local projects.

  • SSAFA Service Committees raise sufficient funds to support the expenses of the SSAFA Community Volunteers.

  • SSAFA Service Committees also undertake additional fundraising to support particular welfare cases and community projects. For example: short-term subsiding of crèche places for children referred by SSAFA social workers, soft play areas, equipment for youth centres, shade sails and picnic tables for community gardens.
  • Each year to SSAFA Central Committee makes a small donation to SSAFA in the UK for services that Cyprus personnel use when in the UK. In the past, this has been towards the Stepping Stones Homes, Norton Homes and the Travel Support Service.

  • SSAFA Branch raises funds to support ex-serving personnel and their families in Cyprus. The money they distribute is raised by working with other military and civilian charities in Cyprus and the UK.

  • None of the funds raised for SSAFA Cyprus support the work of the SSAFA Professionals – their services are provided under MOD contract.

 

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