What appealed to you about the caseworker role?
The appeal for me was being an active member of the RAF family again and to give something back.
What is the most interesting thing you have done, in your role for the Association?
I recently made contact with the RAF Association’s Wings Breaks hotel Rothbury House in Northumberland and asked if I could pay them a visit to glean a better understanding of the Association hotels and the outstanding contribution they make to the welfare of many of our former colleagues and their families.
I was extremely impressed by the quality of the care available and the quality and comfort of this hotel. It serves our members well and the location is excellent for exploring the beauty of the northeast.
Why did you choose to support the RAF Association?
My wife and I are both former members of the RAF and it was just a logical step to take.
What difference has volunteering for the Association made to you and or to the RAF family members you have supported?
For me it is the pleasure of learning new skills and meeting people. I cannot speak at length on a history of assisting Association family members yet. However, the limited experience I have had has shown me the difference we can make in a person’s life.
What have you learnt so far in your role that you did not previously know before you volunteered for us?
I probably didn’t appreciate the depth and quality of the care and support that was available to everyone in the larger RAF family.
What skills have you learnt or developed as part of your role?
I think I am more aware of the need to be a good listener and as soon as time allows I will put myself forward for a ‘Listening Skills’ course.
What is the best thing about your volunteering role with the Association?
Best thing thus far for me is meeting fellow RAF Association employees and volunteers. In time, it will most likely include the interesting and varied Association members that we are sent to support.
If you were to recommend volunteering for the Association to others, what would you tell them?
If you support the RAF Association or you served in the RAF and enjoyed it then you will enjoy volunteering with the Association. Meeting all of the other volunteers is a real boost too.