Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

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The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the Royal Air Force's leading welfare charity, providing financial, practical and emotional support. In 2020, we spent £26M on welfare delivery which included: £2,100,000 on improving the lives of families, £1,400,000 to help with housing costs, £3,300,000 on grants and services to RAF stations, and £641,000 on play parks for RAF stations.

We were founded in 1919 by Lord Trenchard, one year after he founded the Royal Air Force. We are here to help serving and former members of the RAF, as well as their partners and dependants, whenever they need us.

How we can help

We provide lifelong support to serving and ex-serving RAF personnel and their families. We'll consider any request for assistance, however big or small, providing a tailor-made approach to each individual situation. From mobility aids and confidential counselling to financial grants, we offer a range of support tailored to the individual's needs.

The types of assistance we can consider are:

Financial Support

Regular Financial Assistance - to assist with day-to-day living costs. This can be for those on a state pension and in some circumstances those of working age in receipt of certain disability benefits who are unable to work long-term.

Essential Property Repairs - if you are experiencing financial difficulty and find that you can't afford to carry out essential repairs to your property, then the The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund may be able to assist. An example of essential property repairs might be repairing a roof that leaks, or a broken boiler.

Advice and Advocacy

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has an advice and advocacy service giving RAF veterans and their families benefits advice and advocating on their behalf if they feel they are not receiving the support they are entitled to from the government, local NHS, or their local authority.

We also offer one off legal advice in other area’s with the help of Law Express, areas include, Consumer, Family and Employment Law.

Help with living independently or with a disability

Help with adapting your home - If you need assistance with adapting your home to help you live independently, such as stairlifts, wheelchair ramps, level access showers.

Equipment to help at home - If you need assistance with care equipment such as profiling beds, riser recliner chairs, bath lifts, hoists, communications equipment.

Mobility equipment - such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs.

Domiciliary or residential care. If you need assistance with the cost of care at home or in a residential setting.

Wellbeing

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund work in partnership with specialist organisations to provide counselling and wellbeing services for all the RAF Family. We can offer support on a range of issues, including, bereavement, anxiety, depression and low mood.

Telephone friendship groups

At the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, we are helping isolated and lonely older people receive emotional support and friendship through our group friendship service in partnership with The Silver Line.

Welfare breaks

Getting away from the stresses and strains of daily life can make a difference in anyone's life. But during those times when you are experiencing unusually difficult challenges, a break can make all the difference in being able to carry on and cope.

We are able to organise and fund breaks, please visit our website for the most up to date information.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund Disabled Holiday Trust: This can help pay for your holiday in the UK or abroad if you or your dependents have a severe disability.

More information

For advice or support, contact:

Helpline: 0300 102 1919
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7580 8343

Email: welfarenavigators@rafbf.org.uk

Website: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Address:
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
67 Portland Place
London
W1B 1AR

 

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