Good news for volunteers. Two of the RAF Association’s welfare volunteer courses have been awarded level one and two accredited status. The Association is now the only armed forces charity in the UK to train welfare volunteers to this level of accreditation on the national framework, in the area of befriending and welfare support (known as caseworkers).
The charity’s welfare support (caseworker) training course is now accredited at level two, while its befriending course is accredited at level one. This means both courses are nationally recognised and participants receive a qualification approved by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) the same framework that accredits GCSEs and NVQs.
The updated training programme will provide volunteers with the knowledge to support the RAF family and their local community.
It teaches them how to support beneficiaries along with the best ways to signpost to other help or financial assistance. With the variety of training and the support of the dedicated volunteer training team, the Association’s welfare volunteers are a real asset to the Association and the extent of the welfare support it provides wouldn’t be possible without them.
Alyson Hunter, RAF Association Director of HR and Volunteering said of the accreditation: