Carers need not feel alone – the RAF Benevolent Fund is by their side

Johnny Ayling

Caption: RAF veteran Johnny Ayling. Photo: RAF Benevolent Fund

Carers who are part of the RAF Family now have a dedicated support package – thanks to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The RAF’s leading welfare charity has launched the new service to reach out to unpaid carers who are looking after loved ones and may not realise that help is out there.

The package aims to provide respite, financial and practical support and includes the introduction of new welfare initiatives. Emotional support will be offered via the Fund’s Listening, Counselling and Wellbeing Service as well as membership of the Telephone Friendship Group, where callers chat once a week for companionship and support.

RAF veteran Johnny Ayling has already benefited from the RAF Benevolent Fund’s support services. He said: “Caring for my wife Pat who has dementia, can be difficult, but the Respite at Home service has been a godsend. It gives me time on my own – to go shopping or to the pub for lunch – and I know Pat is being well cared for.”

Carers can also benefit from specialist partners which the RAF Benevolent Fund works with to support beneficiaries. These include free counselling sessions with relationship support service Relate, support for depression and mental health through Anxiety UK and help with coming to terms with loss with Cruse Bereavement Care.

Alison Wyman, Head of Welfare Programmes and Development at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “Caring for a loved one can be tough, you may need someone to speak to, or help with your finances. The RAF Benevolent Fund stands ready to support any member of the RAF Family in need.

“We have a raft of options available to help, from offering advice and advocacy services to helping to pay for mobility equipment. Caring for a loved one shouldn’t mean caring alone, the RAF Benevolent Fund is side by side with the RAF Family, every step of the way.

To find out more visit the RAF Benevolent Fund website


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