We believe every generation owes a debt of gratitude to the RAF and their families. To protect the peace and safety we enjoy every day, they sacrifice the normal way of life most people take for granted. When someone in the RAF community needs help, the charity they turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association. They were there for us in our darkest days, so we must be there for them in theirs.

Welfare is at the absolute heart of the Royal Air Forces Association. Our reason for existing is as a member-led welfare charity. By association, everyone in the organisation from fundraisers to members to welfare officers or case workers are a part of the welfare chain. We work in partnership with other organisations to make sure we can provide the correct support where it’s needed. Our Connections for Life and caseworker volunteers attend nationally accredited training courses, and are DBS checked so that we can be completely confident in the services we provide. We carefully and sensitively deliver all the support we offer to members of the RAF community to suit the needs of each individual we help. Navigating Dementia is just one of the welfare services we offer, to find out more about our other welfare support that can be accessed, please expand the options below.

We know that serving personnel need effective and trusted childcare. RAFA Kidz delivers fun, affordable and nurturing early years childcare in a welcoming and safe environment on RAF stations. All children who join one of our nurseries will have the chance to enjoy stimulating and educational activities along with tasty, nutritious food delivered by caring and knowledgeable employees. RAFA Kidz has a special rate for serving personnel and military contractors.  

We put grant money towards refurbishing contact houses at stations across the country to help bring families together. These houses offer a warm, cosy space for serving personnel to see their children and families.  

Our beautiful retirement complexes are situated in some of the UK’s most sought after locations. Members of the RAF community are able to retain independent living while among like-minded people who all share an RAF connection. Locations include Moffatt, Rothbury, Melton Mowbray and West Sussex.  

We can support those still serving in the RAF, veterans or a family member. All financial support is assessed and we work with grant-giving charities such as the RAF Benevolent Fund for further support.  

The scheme is designed to compensate individuals for a medical condition or injury gained while in service prior to April 2005. We provide a point of contact for serving and RAF veterans who may wish to talk through their existing or potential claim. The scheme can be accessed by serving and RAF veterans, either with a current or a potential claim.  

Are you or someone you care about finding it tough?  We recognise that things can occasionally be a challenge, and being part of the RAF community can sometimes place a strain on everyday life. We all need a little bit of help from time to time. The RAF Association offers free training, through an online mental wellbeing course for non-serving members of the RAF family.  

Loneliness is painfully common in the RAF community. After years of camaraderie in a close-knit community, many find it difficult to adapt to life beyond service, particularly if former comrades pass on and family members move away. 

Connections for Life is the way in which the RAF Association is fighting loneliness with friendship by matching volunteers with beneficiaries. Whether you’re lonely, isolated from friends and family or facing difficult situations alone, Connections for Life works tirelessly to connect those in need to the people and services than can help them the most. 
 

Some individuals require more than a visit from a friendly face or a chat over the phone, it might be financial support that is required, or the need to get away for a while – our Casework service can help. Our volunteer caseworkers work with the individual to make the right connections, whether that is the services offered by the RAF Association or via organisations nationwide that offer specialist assistance. Every caseworker has an Information and Advice Level 2 Caseworker accreditation which means they are well equipped to reach the best solution for the individual case.  

Our self-catering caravans and chalets are perfect for a family getaway by the sea, and offer an ideal base from which to explore the area. Locations include Norfolk, West Sussex or East Lothian and are available for one or two week periods.   

When a serving person has been deployed, it can be tough on children. To help them through, our Storybook Wings service is an easy way for parents to record a story that children will cherish. They can be recorded as a bedtime story so they can be heard every night before bed. The stories are personalised and have sound effects and music added to make it even more special. Hearing a parent’s voice every night may help establish a bedtime routine and comfort children. 

The Wings Doodle Pack contains a variety of goodies which children can colour in when their parents are deployed. They can also leave personalised messages for parents to take with them.  

The RAF Association has worked with RAF stations across the country to install Wi-Fi in communal areas. This means personnel can keep in touch with friends and family without paying for expensive broadband contracts.  

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