The Royal Air Forces Association

Our 3,500 volunteers are the lifeblood of the RAF Association. We believe every generation owes a debt of gratitude to the RAF and their families. To protect the peace and safety we enjoy every day, they sacrifice the normal way of life most people take for granted. When someone in the RAF family needs help, friendship and support the charity they turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association.
The national volunteering scheme was launched in 2015 in response to an identified ageing demographic of our existing volunteer force. Since then, and from a standing start, a small team has recruited, trained and deployed over 1300 new volunteers.
The Association’s national befriending service launched in 2017 recruits, trains and deploys over 300 befrienders throughout the UK. The befriending service alleviates loneliness and isolation by providing community based opportunities for beneficiaries and volunteer befrienders to forge enjoyable new relationships based on shared interests. We are the only organisation to provide nationally accredited learning on the Regulated Qualifications Framework for all welfare volunteers at Level 1 and Level 2.Our volunteer team create independence not dependency.The RAF celebrates 100 years in 2018: we would like to celebrate the work of our volunteers.

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