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A befriender volunteer carries out visits to and keeps in touch with members of the RAF Family (beneficiary), on behalf of the RAF Association. Befriender volunteers exist to provide companionship and outcome focused support to a beneficiary and to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family. They are required to:

  • regularly meet with a beneficiary, either in their home or at a mutually agreed location.
  • Listen to and engage with the beneficiary, promoting positive outlooks and help raise self esteem.
  • work within the remit of the Befriending Plan and promote activities to meet the identified outcomes.
  • Research into local community groups and activities to find relevant interests for the beneficiary.
  • Identify any additional areas of support and make referrals to the Area Welfare Manager
  • keep a note of visits undertaken, with recommendations and actions. Provide this information and regular updates to the AWM.
    Being a befriender volunteer could be about helping someone who is isolated through the use of social media or visiting an older person that has become increasingly isolated over time and to help find them new interests in the community The role is varied, the service spans all ages and it is flexible to suit everyone.

Organisation aims and objectives

RAFA, The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family. We give real help to real people – this is the core of the welfare work that the RAF Association so successfully delivers and is making a real difference to the lives of those in the RAF family who find themselves in times of need. The support we provide relies heavily on the fantastic work carried out by our volunteers and the many different ways that they help including welfare support and fundraising.


Experience required: Befriender volunteers need to be caring and empathic, with the ability to build a rapport with others and put them at ease, through a friendly and sensitive approach. Volunteers should be able to work confidentially, in a non-judgmental manner and in line with the RAF Association Volunteer Agreement which you will be asked to sign or adhere to.
Travel details: The volunteer would meet the beneficiary at the beneficiary's home in Kirkcaldy, Rosyth, Dunfermline, Lochgelly, Cowdenbeath, Leven or Glenrothes
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport or mileage weekly
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago

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