We are supporting 2018 Volunteers Week
Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.
The Royal Air Forces Association wants to showcase the impact our volunteers can have and the broad range of opportunities there are to help. To do this we asked some of our volunteers to record a brief video of themselves talking about why they support us.
Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the RAF family so freely. We could not function without you.
Volunteering for the Association is great way of developing your skills and meeting new people, at the same time as supporting RAF veterans or serving personnel in your local community who need our help.
Uniquely, the RAF Association’s welfare volunteer training for Befrienders and Caseworkers is accredited through AIM Awards, a national and international Awarding Organisation.
Fundraising for the Wings Appeal is one of the easiest volunteering activities to get involved in, with volunteers in branches undertaking many hours in a large number of these activities, from street collections to quiz nights.
The Association has over three and a half thousand dedicated and bright volunteers who generously support a large number of welfare and fundraising roles.
New videos added everyday this week!
Meet Sharon Wang
Sharon is a proud Fundraising team leader for the RAF Association London Area, who has also fundraised for her University in the past, Sharon has also been involved in numerous other philanthropic activities for a number of other organisations.
Sharon has had an interest in aviation from an early age and is now a well accomplished pilot and flight instructor who runs a flying school in Kent. Sharon has also participated in air shows and flying competitions as the only female aerobatic pilot of Asian ethnicity , through her work Sharon has engaged with many former RAF pilots.
As a Fundraising Team Leader for the RAF Association Sharon has spoken with new and interesting people and developed strong organisational skills.
If given the opportunity to volunteer alongside a celebrity Sharon would love to be able to volunteer with the Red Arrows.”
Meet Claire Boustead
Claire Boustead is a Wings Fundraising Officer for the Torquay Branch of Royal Air Forces Association. Her Father served in the Royal Navy and Mother served in the Army. Claire has two children, Victoria, works as an ECA for the Ambulance Service and her Son Christopher is currently Servicing in the RAF. Claire also works full time as a Sales Administrator.
Meet Angie Gifford
Angie Gifford is the Secretary for the RAFA Branch in Torquay. She works full time as a Front of House Manager in a large Hotel in Torquay. Angie became involved in RAFA as she is a good friend of Claire Boustead.
Meet Will Taylor
William Taylor known as Will served with the Royal Observer Corps and then the RAF Police during the 1960’s, both domestically and overseas in Bahrain and Cyprus. Following this a period was spent with Sperry Gyroscope, BAE systems and the Royal Ordnance Factory Nottingham. Will volunteers within his local branch in East Scotland, which he’s been doing for almost three years, as an Honorary Welfare Officer.
In the past Will’s also volunteered as a crewman sailing an old Herring Drifter for the Scottish Fisheries Museum. Besides Volunteering Family is an important part of Will’s life, he has “two lovely daughters” one of which resides in Germany with her Husband, and is a Grandfather of their two Children.
Will also has a passion for Model Making, which has existed for as long as he can remember. Scottish railways from the 1900s-1970s along with historical Scottish fishing boats are his preferred modelling subjects. In fact the picture provided by Will shows himself demonstrating this craft at a model railway exhibition. Most models are built totally from scratch using drawings or by scaling from photographs. As an Honorary Welfare Officer Will feels he’s giving something to his local community. He loves the work, meeting people and making a difference to former personnel and their families.
Meet David Newman
David who previously proudly served in the RAF, has been volunteering for the RAF Association as a Befriender since last year. David has developed interpersonal skills through volunteering with the RAF Association and finds the work immensely rewarding.