Why should YOU contact the Federation?

The RAF Families Federation is funded by the RAF but sits outside the Chain of Command as an independent organisation. We represent all RAF personnel –bethey Regular,Reserve, single, married or in apartnership, together with their families.

We provide avoice for the issues and concerns you have about life in the RAF,and we have direct access to senior RAF and MOD staffs as well as Government Ministers.

To do all this, we need to hear from you on issues such as quality of life, accommodation, health, education, pay and allowances Everyone’s views and concerns are important to us.

Keythings to remember: •Wework with the RAF/MOD and not against them

•Wedon’t undermine the chain of command; we work with them but will dig them in the ribs on your behalf when necessary

•Wewill signpost you to the ‘best’ experts to help you if required

•Wealways maintain your anonymity and respect your privacy

•Wealways maintain afair and balanced approach

Remember: If you don’t tell us, we can’t tell them.

Welcome from the


This issue marks the end of the summer rush of families days for us, so thank you for the invites many of you have sent for us to join you.

With more dates marked on our calendar this year,wewelcomed an extra helper in Chloe (pictured below) who has been with us during the summer holidays. Chloe has helped to lighten the load preparing for each of our events and making up an endless supply of freebie bags, as well as helping to generally clear the decks in the office too. With parents who also both served, Chloe hit the ground running and I’d like to say ahuge thank you from us all for being part of this small, mad team. We all wish her well in returning to her final year at university.

Don’t forget that Envoy magazine is free to subscribe to and many married quarters on units now have copies sent directly to each address. If you are living in one of those patches however,who don’t yet receive Envoy –and you would like acopy –please do contact us. The same goes for those of you who are living in your own home(s) away from base and even your wider family members. We are frequently told, it helps you feel alittle more connected to the RAF,which is very encouraging.

This actually leads me nicely on to welcome TorJohnson to the team. In her article, Torgives an insight into abrand new Dispersed Families Project for which the Federation has been awarded funding. Iwon’t steal her thunder on this great project –I’ll leave Tortotell all and share how you can get involved –starting on page 24.

dating site. Now there’s a spousal business opportunity for someone!

As always, please feed in if you would like to see particular content. We are very much here for singlies as well as Reservists and your families too so I’m always on the lookout for awide range of subjects. One of the ‘lighter’requests Ihad, whilst on astation visit, was the need for an RAF dating site. Now there’s aspousal business opportunity for someone!

Chloe Goldsmith.

FrontCaption: TG14: The RAF Photography Trade -awinning photo in last year’s photography competition by SACPhil Dye RAF. UK MOD Crown Copyright 2016.

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