The Kitchener Fund

Life can be difficult and unpredictable at times, and it is just as important for the families of our Sappers to be able to access support when they need most. The REA may be able to offer direct benevolence assistance through The Kitchener Fund, which aims to provide educational assistance to dependent children between the ages of 0-25. To apply for the Kitchener Fund, please click on the link below.

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External Support

There are also a wide range of organizations that are dedicated to helping the families with a variety of difficulties that they may be experiencing. Below you will find links to these organizations and information about how they may be able to assist our Sapper families.

SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity


SSAFA is an Armed Forces charity that helps families of all current armed forces personnel and veterans, whether it is immediate help or long-term support. The core values of SSAFA embody understanding, commitment, fairness, and courage.

The organization is committed to understanding and adapting to the needs of those that they support. This is achieved by using their high level of awareness and understanding to provide effective support aimed at alleviating suffering and distress on an individual case basis.

Support Available

SSAFA pledge to work internally within the 4,000 strong organization of welfare advisors and trained volunteers, and collaboratively with external partners to provide the support that families need. Whether it’s financial, practical or emotional, SSAFA will provide the right kind of support, ensuring independence and dignity is protected at all times.

The needs of serving those serving and of veterans are becoming more diverse as the world and military landscape changes. SSAFA work hard to make sure our services are flexible. They constantly adapt them to fit with people that they support and what they need. This means SSAFA can offer everyone they assist with a range of tailored services to help them navigate life in and beyond the military.

How to Contact

web: https://www.ssafa.org.uk
telephone: 0800 260 6767

Family Group

Army Families Federation

Army Families Federation

The Army Families Federation (AFF) acts as the independent voice of Army families. They work hard to improve the quality of life for Army families all over the world with any aspect of life that is affected by the military lifestyle.

The AFF works with senior military officials and government to push through changes in policy that improve the support that Army families receive, as well as working at a local level directly with families and communities to alleviate difficulties that families may be facing.

Support Available

The AFF are committed to doing their upmost to help Army families with any issues they may be experiencing including housing, education/childcare, deployments, financial matters, home life, employment/training, health issues, disability, and many more.

Army families are able to contact their local AFF Regional Lead to help with any local issues, and if necessary, they will be referred to one of the specialists who work within the AFF to get more specific advice and support.

How to Contact

web: https://aff.org.uk/
email: contact@aff.org.uk
telephone: 01264 554004

Home Start

Home Start

Home Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through challenging times. They are there for parents when they need them the most because “childhood can’t wait”

Home Start works with families in communities across the UK. The vow to help everyone on an individual basis with no judgement, just compassionate, confidential help and support.

Support Available

With over 45 years of experience in helping families, Home Start offers support for communities all across the UK and beyond. Home Start assigns an experienced volunteer from the organization to spend a dedicated two hours per week with families who may be struggling with parenting, mental health problems, physical health problems, bereavement, financial problems, partner separation, disabilities and many other potential difficulties.

Home Start’s trained volunteers are available to help in many different ways, from one-to-one sessions, group support sessions, and referral to other local specialist support networks.

How to Contact

web: https://www.home-start.org.uk
email: info@home-start.org.uk
telephone: 0116 464 5450