Service is offering a crucial lifeline

RAF personnel in last year's Battle of Britain Parade in Alnwick.  Picture by Jane Coltman
RAF personnel in last year's Battle of Britain Parade in Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Members of the RAF community in Northumberland, who are facing loneliness or isolation, are urged to join the RAF Association’s befriending service.

Research shows that issues with isolation are likely to affect some 170,000 RAF veterans, with 85,000 of them coping specifically with feelings of loneliness.

Feelings of isolation and loneliness can affect people of all ages and the befriending service, which runs across the UK, pairs volunteers with members of the RAF family in need of company. And the results can be life-changing.

Rory O’Connor, of the Association, said: “The befriending service alleviates loneliness and isolation by providing an opportunity for members of the RAF family and volunteers to forge new friendships based on shared interests.

“The befriender will provide companionship and support to a member of the RAF family to ensure they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family.”

Call 0800 018 2361 or visit rafa.org.uk/talk