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We’d love you to become one of our fantastic volunteer fundraisers! There are many ways to get involved, from helping out at one of the many air shows we attend across the UK, take part in a challenge event either in this country or abroad, or set up your own fundraising activity. You could also help out with one of our Branch collections, volunteering alongside current serving RAF personnel, veterans and air cadets. Find out more about fundraising for the RAF Association.
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As a member of the RAF Association you are entitled to a range of member benefits*. These include: 1. Subscription to Air Mail, our quarterly magazine that keeps you up to date with news and information about the Association, the RAF and aviation 2. Access to a dedicated website and secure members area to allow members to develop and maintain friendships. 3. Discount on RAF News 4. Eligible for a retired service card (Ordinary members only) at a cost of £10 5. Access to discounts and offers through our range of membership benefit deals. Many of which give a charitable donation back to the Association.
Please email your details through to our membership department or call 0116 268 8783/8762
If you need to inform the Association of a bereavement of a member you can do this by Contacting our Central Headquarters by email or phone 0116 268 8783/8762. If you require any help or assistance during this difficult time please do not hesitate to contact us.
When informing head office of a bereavement please request an obituary in Air Mail and we can arrange this for you. Contact our membership department or 0116 26 8783/8762.
The full range available can be found at www.rafashop.com or call RAFATRAD Ltd on 01892 600191 for details.
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We have approached BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, EADS, Sodexo, ISS, BA, and Virgin Atlantic and are currently working with other defence related companies.
Central Council approved a sum of just under £53K from the Membership Reserve Fund during Financial Years 2013/14 to get this scheme up and running and provide the means to offer the free prizes and experiences. By year 3 (2015), rafaYOUTH has to be self-sustaining through membership subscriptions, donations and sponsorships. To date, we have received some very generous donations from adult Members and Branches and many of the visits to RAF and defence establishments come at no actual cost to the RAF Association – personnel in these organisations are giving us their time and support without charge.
They wanted flying, gliding, micro-lighting, and visits to RAF Stations and defence related companies – anything that involved more close association with aircraft and the aircraft industry.
There is a publicity poster advertising rafaYOUTH which is available from CHQ; however, these posters were placed in every copy of the Air Cadet magazine which gets distributed to the squadrons and sections, and a supply of posters has been sent to GVCAC and Scout units. There is also good information on the website www.rafayouth.org.uk .
Members receive an online membership card which they can print out or store on their mobile phones and the first 1500 Members will also receive an exclusive rafaYOUTH wristband. The ACO has already accepted the rafaYOUTH wristband as an official charity wristband and as such commanding officers may allow their cadets to wear their rafaYOUTH wristbands with their working dress uniforms. ISS Facility Services (one of the organisations providing catering, retail and leisure services for military units) has generously sponsored the first 1500 wristbands.
Our target is to have 1500 members of rafaYOUTH by the end of 2013, 3,500 by end of 2014 and a total of 6000 by the end of 2015.
There are approximately 60,000 members of the ATC, CCF (RAF), GVCAC, Air Scouts and Air Explorer Scouts altogether.
Central Council agreed to a sum of just under £53K to be allocated from the Membership Reserve Fund during 2013 and 2014. By year 3 (2015) it has to be self-funding through the income received from subscriptions, donations and sponsorships.
Because we have found that previously, young people who have helped us with our Wings Appeal collections have not always understood what they are collecting for, or what the RAF Association actually does. rafaYOUTH will provide them with that knowledge and hopefully they will go on to become full members of the RAF Association on reaching the age of 18.
The RAF Association now has a Safeguarding policy and appropriate procedures in place– there is also a useful guide being distributed on what to do if anyone reports to you some form of abuse against an under-18 person or you contact the RAF Association’s CPO (David Prowse) or DCPO (Alyson Hunter).
We have a Child Protection Officer (CPO), David Prowse, and a deputy (DCPO), Alyson Hunter; they have both been trained to Level 3 by the NSPCC and are now qualified to undertake these roles.
We have to be aware of our responsibilities of working with and safeguarding young people (anyone under 18 is defined as a child) and the Association has implemented appropriate child safeguarding policies, procedures and training compatible with legislation and best practice in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
If a rafaYOUTH’s Member’s membership of one of the air-related uniformed youth organisations stops before their 12-month rafaYOUTH membership has finished, they will still be able to enjoy a full 12 months membership but they will not be able to renew.
They will receive a full year’s membership even if they join the day before their 18thbirthday.
They will be sent an electronic reminder and encouraged to join the RAF Association as a full member; they will be given a link to the joining page on our website.
rafaYOUTH Members can also enjoy the attractive deals and offers open to adult members and supporters of the Association, many of which help the charity by making a charitable donation when purchases are made with them. Doshbox is a simple and unique multi-mode system to help save money on virtually all purchases of products and services. It is specifically based around strong communities such as the RAF Association, where individuals are able to earn cash back from their on-line purchases or save money through voucher codes or discounts offered at local, national and global retailers. Deals are negotiated personally on your behalf by CHQ and Doshbox marketing staff. For further information please visit www.doshbox.co.uk/rafa
As the airshow and event season for 2013 is drawing to a close, the next opportunity for rafaYOUTH members to volunteer to support the Association at airshows and fundraising events will not arise until Spring 2014. All opportunities to volunteer and support the Association will be publicised through the rafaYOUTH website and facebook pages.
Yes, the Terms and Conditions would still apply; however, as it would be difficult in most cases for the young person to return to the UK to redeem their prize, we are looking at the possibility of offering an alternative in the rafaYOUTH member’s resident location. This is still work in progress. Currently we do not have any rafaYOUTH members that live outside of the UK.
For many prizes, the winners will be able to choose where they redeem their prize. For example, if it is flying, gliding or micro-lighting they can arrange that to be undertaken at a convenient location near to them. We have also tried to arrange the Experience Days at different locations throughout the UK to make them as accessible as possible. We do have written Terms and Conditions, clearly visible on facebook and the website stating that all prize winners are responsible for meeting the costs of getting to and from a prize venue.
Through regular free prize draws on the rafaYOUTH website. The free prize draws will be held approximately monthly and the winners will be randomly selected (through a recognised computer programme).
We consulted the uniformed youth group leadership teams and then held focus groups with over 200 cadets and scouts to ask them what they wanted to make this scheme attractive. We have listened and continue to listen carefully to them and produced a range of benefits and air-related activities in line with their suggestions.
Members receive an online membership card, opportunities to volunteer and support the charity. Members will receive a free new design rafaYOUTH wristband or a USB if they renew. It also offers a range of ‘air-related’ experiences which could be anything from powered flying, visiting an RAF Station to being hosted for a day by one of the defence-related companies.
Helen Gibson, the Youth Community Manager, based at Leicester runs rafaYOUTH. Click here if you would like to get in touch.
There is information on the rafaYOUTH website (www.rafayouth.org.uk), the RAF Association website (www.rafa.org.uk), on the rafaYOUTH Facebook site (www.facebook.com/rafaYOUTH ), articles in Air Mail and the monthly Area Newsletters. Posters are available from CHQ.
Anyone between the age of 13 and 15, must get a parent, carer or guardian’s permission to register their details with rafaYOUTH by completing the parental consent fields on the registration form. The Association will then contact the parent or guardian using these contact details. Should a parent or guardian inform the RAF Association that they do not give their permission for the young person to be a rafaYOUTH Member, their Membership will be cancelled immediately and they will receive a full refund of their annual subscription. Personal information (such as name and address) that rafaYOUTH members submit to the RAF Association website will only be used for the purposes outlined at the time of collection or registration, and the Association will not pass this information to any third party. This complies with the Data Protection Act 1998.
When first joining, the rafaYOUTH Member will receive an email confirming their membership details. This will be the only email that they receive, unless they opt in to receiving emails from the Association during registration. If the rafaYOUTH member doesn’t opt in immediately, they can always change their mind and opt in at a later date to receive emails and other communications from the Association by changing their preferences once logged in on the site. rafaYOUTH Members will only be contacted by email or telephone if they have opted in to these communications on their profile. However, the RAF Association reserves the right to contact a rafaYOUTH member despite their opt in status if there are changes which will affect their membership or if they have entered one of our free Prize Draws and need to be notified of a prize.
All data will be held securely on our website database.
Yes, it is possible for individuals, uniformed youth group leaders, grandparents, Branches etc to purchase gift vouchers for individual, several individuals or a whole group directly from the Finance Team at CHQ. The person, who wishes to make a gift of 12 months membership, simply contacts CHQ and pays using a debit or credit card for the number of gift memberships that they require and a corresponding number of voucher codes are then e-mailed to the payee. These can then be distributed to the lucky recipients. Those who are lucky enough to receive a gift membership would all sign up individually using the rafa YOUTH website http://www.rafayouth.org.uk ensuring that all the parental consent and data protection issues are dealt with directly by the Association but the young person would use their gift code to make the year’s membership free at the point of joining.
rafaYOUTH is an online membership initiative using bespoke social media sites and the rafaYOUTH website.
They would have to join one of the ATC, CCF (RAF), GVCAC, Air Scouts or Air Explorer Scouts first, then they would be eligible under our current rules.
All those members of the Air Training Corps (ATC), the Combined Cadet Force RAF Section (CCF(RAF)), the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets (GVCAC), the Air Scouts and Air Explorer Scouts.
The primary aim is to promote an interest and understanding of the RAF Association so that they will be sufficiently motivated to join as a full member of the Association on reaching their 18th birthday. However, rafaYOUTH also aims to encourage volunteering and support and to promote youth development within a dynamic, fun and air-related environment.
rafaYOUTH is the RAF Association’s new membership initiative for young people aged 13-17 who are currently members of a recognised air-related uniformed youth organisation.
Speak to the RAF Families Federation who can help.
You can contact your HIVE, Community Support Officer or speak to the Storybook Wings coordinator on 01780 783838 ext 7538 or email
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Parents can record one story per child.
When the story arrives at RAF Wittering, it takes between four to six weeks to process, dependent on the amount of stories received (when a Squadron deploys there are ‘peaks’ in the amount of story requests received). So, the earlier the story is sent in, the sooner it will arrive at your house once you have deployed.
The stories are edited by a team of trained volunteer editors. We also have an editing suite at RAF Wittering where the Storybook Wings Coordinator edits stories. We have an external editing overflow facility so any stories we receive beyond our capacity are sent to them for editing. All edited stories are then sent to the Storybook Wings Coordinator for quality control purposes and sent by post to the children. Find out how to take part here.
If a recording is lost in the post, we will always ask for the recordings to be made again if possible, and will edit the stories as usual. We request confirmation that a CD has arrived at the family home.
If a CD gets lost between RAF Wittering and the delivery address we can simply print a new CD and resend. We keep all original recordings and edited stories on file. Our editing software is extremely good, and we are usually able to edit out mistakes and background noise etc.
However, if we receive a recording that is unusable we notify the station as soon as we receive it and ask for another recording. So it is vitally important that you listen to the recording before you send it!
Due to copyright restrictions, we are only able to edit recordings for stories we have permission to use. Our approved story list is extensive, and we are always working to increase it to include more stories. Remember, it isn’t just stories and nursery rhymes we will edit; instead of a story you can record personal messages to your children, or even a story you have written yourself!
Nothing! The Storybooks are completely free to serving personnel and their families. The main reason that the Storybook Wings Coordinator is based at RAF Wittering is that it is also free for the participating Stations to send the SD cards in using Service mail.
Storybook Wings is based on the storybook model created by the Storybook Dads team at HMP Dartmoor. Storybook Dads started out in 2002 and is run by a team of full time members of staff, volunteers and prisoners. The on-site editing suite produces both audio and video material. Storybook Dads (including Storybook Mums), for both mothers and fathers, aims to “maintain family ties and facilitate learning for prisoners and their children through the provision of story CDs”.
More information can be found at www.storybookdads.org.uk
The Storybook Alliance
As well as our ongoing relationship with Storybook Dads the Storybook Wings project is now part of The Storybook Alliance, established in 2008. The Alliance includes representatives from Storybook Dads, Storybook Soldiers, Storybook Wings, Storybook Links (a standalone RAF project based at Kirton in Lindsey and RAF Scampton) and Storybook Waves, a project run by the Royal Navy and based at the Naval Education Centre in Yeovilton.
Storybook Soldiers is a storybook project operated by the Army. The project was set up at the beginning of 2007 and operates from Candahar Barracks at Tidworth. The Storybook Soldiers project works closely with the Storybook Wings team to facilitate recordings by RAF personnel where Storybook Soldiers recorders exist.
More information can be found at www.storybooksoldiers.co.uk
The RAF Association is here to help you during times of need. If you require support please email us or call 0116 2665224.
If you are serving or have served in the RAF for one day or more you and your immediate dependants generally up to the age of 18 will be eligible. We will need to discuss your circumstances in more detail. Please email us or contact us on 0116 2665224
The RAF Association offers confidential guidance, advice and if required representation through all stages. Please contact Chris Francis by email or call 01392 464445
The RAF Association offers confidential guidance, advice and if required representation through all stages. Please contact Chris Francis by email or call 01392 464445
Contact 0116 266 5224 and press the option for welfare.
You can request a booking at either one of our two hotels on the Wings Breaks page.
Please contact Chris Francis by email or call 01392 464445
We have two respite care homes in beautiful locations across the country – Flowerdown House in Weston-Super-Mare and Rothbury House in Northumberland. Wings Breaks locations.
The RAF Association can offer support with the cost of a stay in one of our Wings Breaks Hotels. Please contact us by email or call 0116 266 5224 to find out more.
We have chalets in Hemsby near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Selsey in West Sussex.
Here is more information on our holiday accommodation, including the chalets.