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The Royal Air Forces Association has launched its volunteering programme, formalising initiatives already established to welcome on board new volunteers. It is therefore agood time to reflect on what volunteering enables the Association to do and look at the ways in which you can get involved.

There are just over 200 employees at the Association, but it is proud to have over 8,000 volunteers throughout the UK and overseas who keep the Association going and provide vital support to those that need it. The Association is always delighted to welcome more volunteers to the team. Could you be the next one to volunteer?

Here is just asmall number of the roles volunteers undertake on behalf of the Association. More roles, including vacancies in your area, can be found on the charity’s website.

Caseworkers Caseworkers carry out welfare work for the Association. Casework is about listening to an individual and assessing their needs to find out how best to support them. Caseworkers

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need to gather complex information from beneficiaries and this can involve providing clear and precise information on finances and correspondences.

This voluntary role reports to a local Area Welfare Officer,who is an Association employee, and requires the volunteer to keep electronic records and have the confidence to deal with highly sensitive, personal information. Caseworkers are given accredited training on dealing with complex cases and when and how to signpost to other organisations.

Fundraising Team Leaders Volunteers in this role take alead in setting up community fundraising activities, with the support and guidance of the Association’s professional team. Fundraising Team Leader volunteers help to recruit, motivate and manage other fundraising volunteers in their local area.

Befrienders The Association’s Befriending service helps to alleviate isolation and loneliness in anumber of ways. To ensure that members of the RAF family feel part of the community,Befrienders can help to integrate people back into

relevant social groups in their local area and help them to meet new people. They can also provide regular in-person visits or provide support by telephoning abeneficiary.

How to get involved After registering your contact details on the Association’s website (address below) and applying for any of the roles you are interested in, you will be updated by email and the volunteering website. Don’t be put off if the role that interests you looks challenging, as the Association will support you at every step, including providing information and all of the relevant training. Volunteers may also wish to support their local Branch of the Association. The benefits of joining alocal Branch include having ashared interest, asense of community,opportunity to build knowledge and fundraising to make a difference in your local area.

Finally the Association wants to thank its wonderful team of volunteers that keeps the charity going and provides vital support to those that need it.

Visit to find out how you can volunteer in your community.

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