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Connections for Life Volunteer - RAF Association

Description of the role:

As part of the organisation, our Connections Volunteers offer the vital connection and
support our beneficiaries need. In the role of a Connections Volunteer, you will help support
a lonely individual via regular telephone calls.

Depending on the beneficiary’s requirements, you will remain their volunteer for the duration
of the project with the aim of integrating them back into the community and helping them
become confident and independent again. As a Connections Volunteer, you will have the
whole support of the Association behind you and a designated co-ordinator as your point of
contact. We will provide you with all the necessary training so you can rest assured that you
will have all the skills you need.

Not having someone to talk to during these challenging times can be lonely, particularly if the
person is used to social activities and spending time with others. A friendly, 30-minute chat
that you will offer will make all the difference.

Opportunity Activities: Befriending and Buddying
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Good listener
Ability to maintain boundaries

What skills will be learned / gained?

Communication skills
Listening skills

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Details of mandatory training:

We have an online training course that you need to complete and pass to start volunteering

Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: RAF Association
Organisation Profile:

RAFA, the Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family.

The RAF Family includes all serving and ex-serving personnel and their dependants. To be eligible for welfare support, for both themselves and those who depend upon them, service personnel need to have served a minimum of one day in the RAF.

The Association exists in the recognition that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country, and to ensure that such a sacrifice does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.

Whether it’s an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a World War II veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, we are here to help all generations of RAF Service personnel and their families.