SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is the Boeing UK charity of the year 2019.

SSAFA has been providing lifelong support to the Forces and their families since 1885. Every year a team of staff and volunteers help more than 82,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.

Boeing's grant will support two programmes; the SSAFA mentoring scheme and a Boeing Emergency fund for veterans.

The SSAFA mentoring scheme

SSAFA's mentoring programme helps motivate, support, build resilience and empower Armed Forces leavers - to fulfil their potential in their new lives outside the military.

Trained mentors provide long-term, one-to-one, face-to-face support during transition and for up to two years post discharge. The programme works alongside the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army, the Royal Air Force and other key partners to provide this service. SSAFA mentors provide reassurance in the face of an often daunting time, helping with confidence and logistical issues, particularly in relation to contrasting military and civilian environments.

The mentors have one relationship at a time and meet face to face each week with their mentees to ensure continued support. Mentees get help to achieve their own goals and overcome hurdles such as financial challenges, relationship difficulties and mental health concerns. They also have access to specialist support when necessary. Boeing will help SSAFA to train 40 new mentors.

The Boeing Emergency Fund for Veterans

The Boeing Emergency Fund for Veterans is managed by the SSAFA welfare team, and provides urgent help such as debt relief, mobility aids, white goods (domestic appliances), brown goods (consumer electronics) and food vouchers to make life-changing interventions. The Boeing fund will be distributed regionally across the UK and will support 100 veterans or military families.

Boeing employees can apply to become a volunteer mentor themselves and volunteer in other roles within the charity. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is the UK's oldest national tri-service military charity, supporting regulars and reserves in the Armed Forces and their families and has been supporting the Armed Forces for more than 130 years. Every member of the military community is entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how long they have served.

A network of over 5,600 dedicated volunteers ensures that issues such as addiction, relationship breakdown, debt, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, depression and disability are faced head on. SSAFA is committed to providing direct support to anyone in need of physical, financial or emotional care – with a focus on restoring independence and dignity. Last year alone over 82,000 members of the Forces community were helped by SSAFA.

For more information, visit www.ssafa.org.uk