Working with the RAF Association, the charity that supports the RAF family

As part of our continued commitment to the military community, we are working with the RAF Association to show our support and gratitude to the RAF and families. As with all services, the RAF serve 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 family needs help, the charity they can turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association.

How RAFA help the RAF family

With thousands of members and volunteers across the UK and further afield, the RAF Association has the network needed for a personal, one-to-one approach. They're there whenever an injured airman is fighting to get back on their feet or the widow of a WWII veteran needs a shoulder to lean on. They're there when a family needs support to stay strong and connected despite the separation that comes with RAF service. They're trusted to work tirelessly to make sure no member of our family ever feels alone or unsupported.


Who do they help?

Today, there are over 1.5 million people in the RAF family who are either serving or who have served in the RAF (whether as a regular or reservist) and their spouses, partners or dependent children. Family doesn’t stop there, so for some of the work done by the charity includes parents and close relatives, air-minded youth organisations, contractors and civil servants supporting the RAF as part of the family. You do not need to be a member to receive help.


Just a typical working year for the RAF Association!

In a typical year, these are just some of the ways that the RAF Association helps our servicemen and women, past and present:

  • Over 65,500 members offering friendship and support to one another
  • Over 540 volunteer welfare officers with professional accredited training
  • Network of volunteer welfare officers make thousands of welfare visits and calls offering personal support to meet each individual’s and family’s needs
  • Expert advice and professional assistance on War Pensions and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, achieving more than £540,000 in pension and compensation payments
  • Help for 2,500 people to enjoy a much-needed Wings Break
  • The Storybook Wings initiative has supported 2,300 RAF children who struggle when their parent is not at home – whether on deployment or working away during the week
  • Funding for the refurbishment of 30 comfortable contact houses on stations where, for example, a separated parent can spend a precious weekend with their children
  • Aid for around 50 RAF veterans or their widows/widowers to lead safe, independent lives in our sheltered and supported housing
  • Through the RAF Families Federation, RAF personnel and their families are given the chance to influence future policy
  • More than £1.8m distributed in welfare grants to serving and ex-serving personnel
  • Work with Alabaré and The Soldier’s Charity to help homeless ex-military personnel to rebuild their lives

This important work needs your support. Please visit to see how you can help us be there for the RAF family whenever they need us.