MEMBERS of the RAF community in Redditch who are facing loneliness or isolation are being 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.
RAFA welfare director Rory O’Connor said: “The befriending service alleviates loneliness and isolation by providing an opportunity for members of the RAF family and volunteers to forge enjoyable new friendships based on shared interests.
“The befriender will provide companionship and support to a member of the RAF family to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family.
“We recognise that loneliness and isolation are having a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of an increasing number of the RAF family.