RAF needs welfare volunteers in Oban

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Volunteers are needed in Oban to help the Royal Air Force Association support current and former personnel and their families in need.

The charity is looking for caring people  to join its team of trained welfare volunteers. Full nationally accredited training will be provided.

‘Forces personnel and their families sacrifice a normal family life to keep the rest of us safe,’ said Katharine Lord who is Volunteer Manager at the RAF Association.

‘And we believe that we owe them a debt of gratitude once they have served. We provide practical and emotional support, and are looking for people in Oban to help us help those in need,’ added Ms Lord.

The role of welfare volunteer involves making a visit to a beneficiary’s home to find out what kind of support they need. It could also involve undertaking research and signposting sources of help, completing application forms for financial support or just being a friendly face to talk to for a lonely veteran. Welfare volunteers need to be helpful and empathetic, able to build a rapport with others and put them at ease through a friendly and sensitive approach.’

Volunteers need to be at least 18-years-old and can be serving or retired Air Force personnel, or they may have no RAF link at all.

To find out more, search for caseworker roles at rafa.org.uk/volunteer. You can also call 0800 018 2361 or email volunteers@rafa.org.uk