Newtownards District LOL no. 4

The governing body of 12 Orange lodges in Newtownards, County Down

Charity involvement

Each year our District nominates a chosen charity to raise funds for. This involves all of our lodges combing to support the charity by making donations at meetings, taking up collections at events and organising special fundraisers.

For 2022, the District will be supporting the work of SSAFA – Soldiers’, Sailors’ & Airmen’s Families Association.

Who we help

Our support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. They are all entitled to lifelong support from SSAFA, no matter how long they have served.

Our recent research shows that service leavers aged 25-64 need more specialised support. The challenges they face are complex – from low income to life-changing injuries or hidden wounds, like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Armed with this information, we are improving our services for younger, working-age veterans, and we will make sure they know we’re here when they need us.

How we help

SSAFA helps the armed forces community in a number of ways, though our focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care.

Addiction, relationship breakdown, debt, homelessness, post-traumatic stress, depression and disability are all issues that can affect our members of our Armed Forces community. Many of these problems only become apparent when an individual has to leave their life in the Forces and join ‘Civvy Street’. SSAFA is committed to helping our brave men and women overcome these problems, and rebuild their lives.

Past charities to have received our support have included Asha Kiran School in India, Help for Heroes, the Children’s Hospice, Alzheimer’s UK, Brainwaves NI, Cancer Research, Mitchell House School, Cancer Focus NI and The Drew Nelson Life & Legacy project.

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