We know how easy it is to find yourself feeling isolated and lonely. A regular visit from a friendly face could help you find your wings again.
Our volunteer befrienders offer companionship and support to anyone in need of a friend. They’re someone to share memories with, to try new experiences with and to build a rewarding relationship with.
Befriending can be a great benefit if you’re feeling isolated, we’ll help you to reconnect with others who share similar interests. We’re here for young and old alike, a befriender could lend you the confidence to try something new and to make new friends, or simply offer a warm and approachable contact to share some of life’s challenges with.
Just get in touch and we’ll get things moving for you…
What does a befriender do?
Our trained volunteers are more than just a friendly face. They can help boost self-esteem, open up new possibilities for socialising and learning, and provide a connection to the wider community.
Your befriender could:
- Provide an introduction to others with shared interests
- Offer regular home visits or get-togethers out of the house
- Find local activities and community groups to take part in
- Keep in touch with letter, email or social media correspondence
- Identify other areas of support the RAF Association could help to provide
Who can apply?
We reach out to everyone in the RAF community. We support both currently serving and ex-personnel, regular and reserve, as well as their spouses, partners and family. We also offer services to contractors and civil servants whose work supports the RAF.
We also welcome applications on behalf of beneficiaries and will work with you to offer a service best suited to your friend or loved one’s circumstances.
What happens next?
Once an application has been received, your local RAF Association Welfare Team will get in touch. This could be over the phone or with a face to face meeting.
We’ll then introduce you to your befriending volunteer. You can choose whether to meet at home or at another convenient place, or simply chat over the phone.
We’re here for you
Whatever your circumstances and however you choose to use our services, you’re not alone. Let’s keep in touch.
Call 0800 018 2361 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us be there for someone who’s feeling lonely by becoming a befriender