SSAFA Forces Help Stepping Stone Homes

By SPP Reporter

SSAFA Stepping Stone Homes

Offering temporary supported accommodation to women with a Service connection (with or without children), SSAFA’s Stepping Stone Homes provide a tranquil and secure environment if you are in need of emergency accommodation.

Our Stepping Stone Homes regularly house:

• Separated or estranged wives

• Servicewomen and former servicewomen

• Dependants

• UK and non-UK female citizens.

About the Homes

We have two Stepping Stone homes, one in North West London and the other in Tyne and Wear. Tyne and Wear can accommodate 7 families in a large house with its own extensive gardens. Gildea House in North West London can accommodate up to 20 families and is purpose-built with en-suite flatlets.

The homes are fully equipped, meaning all families need to bring are their own essentials, such as clothes and teddybears. Storage facilities are not available within the Homes, but assistance is available to access storage options.

The homes are run by fully trained staff, on hand to offer support and assistance. Residents are given help accessing national benefits and applying for housing options. During their stay, children are supported educationally, and will been rolled in local schools to offer seamless support and progression. The Stepping Stone Homes provides the time and space in which a separated family can reflect before moving on or reconciling a difficult marital situation.

Women and families can stay at the Stepping Stone Homes for as long as it takes to help them get back on their feet and settled with suitable onward accommodation.

Our aim is to offer support in what can be a stressful and emotional time and assist with either finding a permanent home or reconciling a relationship breakdown, giving them the chance to make a fresh start. But, remember, SSAFA will always bethere to support and encourage, for as long as anyone needs us.

To find out more about our Stepping Stone Homes’ service, individuals or families should contact their Unit Welfare Officer, a SSAFA Social Worker or a Welfare Worker. Alternatively contact SSAFA Central Office:

4 St Dunstan’s Hill, London, EC3R 8ADTel: 0800 731 4880 Website: Email:

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