New recruits needed to help support armed forces charity
Organisation says local need in the community has increased and become more complex
This spring, in a bid to meet the increase in need, SSAFA is launching a search across the length and breadth of Buckinghamshire to find new recruits to join its ranks of dedicated volunteers.
The charity’s network of volunteers support serving personnel, reservists, veterans and their families.
The increase in need for support is partly down to the ageing population of the UK and an increase in younger veterans from more recent conflicts, and their families, coming forward for help.
In 2005, 25 per cent of the beneficiaries SSAFA supported locally across the UK were under 60 years of age, 10 years later; this figure has risen to more than 40 per cent.
SSAFA is the oldest national military charity in the UK, supporting 55,000 people in the Armed Forces community each year.
In SSAFA South Buckinghamshire, has divisions in Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury Vale and District and Milton Keynes.
SSAFA director of volunteer operations and former Army Lieutenant Colonel Sue Pillar said: “In Buckinghamshire not only have we seen the needs of the local Armed Forces community increase significantly, but their welfare needs have become more complex. As a result we desperately need more local volunteers to help our local Armed Forces community.
“SSAFA predicts that the welfare needs of this community will continue to grow as Second World War veterans are now well into their 90s. At the same time, the impact of recent conflicts on our younger veterans and their families continues to reveal itself.
“If we take a moment to think about the courage shown and the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces whilst serving our country, it’s shocking that we still see veterans of all ages, and their families, struggling.
“SSAFA is looking for anyone willing to help provide a lifeline to veterans and their families who are in need. Men and women who have served with our Armed Forces have given so much through service, and their families have supported them through their careers; it’s now up to us to support them when they need us.”
Anyone interested in joining their local SSAFA team can call 0845 658 1167 or visit www.ssafa.org. uk/newrecruits. A MAN has been fined more than £2,000 after leaving a bag of rubbish in a country road near to Beaconsfield.
Nathan Jack Willment, 24, of High Wycombe, admitted at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court last week an offence of dumping waste illegally.
The court was told that on November 5, investigators from the Waste Partnership for Bucks examined household type waste which had been reported by a member of the public as having been dumped, at the roadside in Andrew Hill Lane, near Beaconsfield.
The waste was photographed and examined for evidence of origin, and details found within it led investigators to speak to Mr Willment.
When interviewed by police, Mr Willment admitted dumping the waste which he had accumulated as loose items in the passenger footwell of the van he used for work.
He said that he had been called to give his boss a lift in the van and had to clean the waste out in order to do that.
He expressed remorse for his actions, which he freely admitted had been wrong.
Magistrates fined him £1,600 and ordered him to pay clean up and prosecution costs of £706. A victim surcharge of £120 was also given, making a total to pay of £2,246.
Mike Smith, chairman of the Waste Partnership for Bucks, said: “For the sake of a bag of rubbish, this individual now has a hefty court bill and a criminal record.
“It’s a salutary lesson and one I hope deters others from similar behaviour.”