Useful contacts/information

Centre for Veterans Health, click here for details

RAF Benevolent Fund Advocacy Service providing an advocacy service to support the RAF Family in obtaining the services they are entitled to from the NHS and their local councils. Enquires can be made either by emailing advice@rafbf.org.uk, by calling 0800 169 2942 or by completing an online enquiry form at:

https://www.rafbf.org/how-we-help/veterans/financial-support/advice-and-advocacy

What we do

Our welfare mission statement

 

The Royal Air Forces Association is committed to providing confidential, professional and fair services to members of the wider RAF family from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran and their families. On-going training and support for welfare volunteers and staff ensures services are consistent and of the highest possible standard. All will be treated with dignity and respect at all times.

 

The kind of welfare support provided by the RAF Association is wide-ranging: everything from providing home visits and Wings breaks, to offering advice and, in some circumstances, financial assistance in times of difficulty. 

Simply, we are here to make sure that members of the RAF Family past and present are never left alone or in need.

 

How we help the RAF Family

 

The RAF Association is here to help the whole Royal Air Force family, providing friendship, help and support to current and former members of the RAF and their dependants.

You do not need to be a member to receive our help. It is estimated that there are around 2.4 million ex-service people, some 33,000 currently in uniform and an increasing number of reserve forces. This group, their families, dependants under 18 years old and dependants with a disability over 18 years old are all eligible for assistance from the RAF Association.

 

With a UK-wide caseworker network of over 540 volunteer Honorary Welfare Officers undertaking almost 13,000 welfare visits annually, help ranges from simply providing conversation and friendship to preparing and submitting application forms for financial assistance.

 

Just a typical working year for the RAF Association!

 

In a typical year, these are just some of the ways that we help our servicemen and women, past and present.

 

  • Over 63,500 members offering friendship and support to one another

  • Over 540 volunteer welfare officers who receive professional accredited training

  • Our network of volunteer welfare officers make over 82,000 welfare visits and calls offering personal support to meet each individual's and families' needs

  • We help to support those of the RAF family with War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation claims achieving more than £460,000 in pension and compensation payments

  • We support around 2,000 people to enjoy a much needed Wings Break

  • Our Wings Video Mail messaging service allows serving personnel to send a free secure video message back home

  • Our Storybook Wings initiative has helped to ease the pain of separation for over 2,300 children with parents serving away from home

  • We fund the refurbishment of 30 contact houses on stations, which allow single and unaccompanied parents access to their children in a homely environment or provide short term accommodation for families with a welfare need

  • We assist around 50 RAF veterans or their widows/widowers to lead safe, independent lives in our sheltered and supported housing

  • Through the RAF Families Federation we give RAF personnel and their families the chance to influence future policy

  • We distribute more than £1.78m in welfare grants to serving and ex-serving personnel

  • We work with Alabaré and The Soldier’s Charity to help homeless ex-military personnel to rebuild their lives.

 

Further details available at: www.rafa.org.uk