We're here for you
Once you’re a part of the RAF family, you’re always a part of it
We know it’s easy to lose touch with family and friends, so if you need to talk you can take advantage of our befriending service.
Whether you simply want to chat every couple of months or you’d like a friendly face to join you at a local coffee shop, then our volunteer befrienders can be there for you.
All of our befriending volunteers take nationally accredited training courses, and are DBS checked so you can be confident in the services we provide.
Befrienders will work around you – some people like to see their befriender once a week at home, others prefer a regular phone call or just want company once a month. If you’re worried about visiting a new place, ask your befriender to come along, they’ll be more than happy to oblige!
Just get in touch and we’ll get things moving for you…
“After Bill passed away, Iona came into my life when I needed her the most…and she’s been like a guardian angel to me ever since.” – Morag, WRAF veteran
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