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RAF Association’s Storybook Wings scheme helps serving parents to ‘make it home’ for bedtime
70% of parents read to their child at least once a day*, according to new research from the Royal Air Forces Association, the largest UK charity for serving and former RAF personnel.
The Association surveyed members of the public ahead of International Storytelling Day to find out more about the average bedtime in a UK household. Despite technological advances, a surprising 83% of parents and grandparents still prefer to read physical books to their child/grandchild, rather than using devices like a Kindle or iPads.Read more
The RAF Association supports members of the RAF family in many different ways. When Ian felt like he was losing his independence, he reached out to the RAF Association.
Ian joined the RAF in 1958, working as a teleprinter operator, sending signals from station to station. During his time in the RAF, Ian served at many UK bases, including Brize Norton,Read more
New research from the Royal Air Forces Association shows that less than one in five (19%) adults think UK military veterans are well looked after.
This figure does fluctuate across different age groups, but remains worryingly low throughout – it is lowest (9%) among respondents aged 65+, while people aged 25-34 had most confidence (32%) that veterans are well looked after.Read more
Are you a parent or grandparent?
Did you know that all year round, the RAF Association runs the Storybook Wings initiative, offering parents and grandparents serving in the RAF the opportunity to record one of their children’s favourite books?Read more
The Royal Air Forces Association has donated three laptops to the RAF Widows Association, which will allow the organisation to keep in better touch with members, while ensuring their personal data is kept securely.
Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association, said: “The RAF Association is here to help members of the RAF family in a variety of ways – sometimes it’s financial, sometimes emotional and sometimes that help is practical.Read more
The RAF Association’s welfare support can provide more than material items. For some it can provide relaxation. For Joanna it was giving her a much-needed holiday with a friend to Flowerdown House in Weston-super-Mare.
Joanna’s husband did his National Service in the Royal Air Force, as a mechanic at RAF Hereford. He passed away 11 years ago, and Joanna missed the companionship when it came to going on holiday.Read more
The RAF Association helps many people to achieve their dreams. People like student, Becci Curwen, who finds time in between schoolwork and air cadet meetings, to be a top Great British fencer!
At just 15 years of age, Becci is part of the GB under 17 Fencing Foil team, and at the end of last season ranked sixth in England and 24th in Great Britain. She has now jumped to 13th place in the GB rankings, after some fantastic results.Read more
The RAF Association supports people in reaching their goals, whatever they may be. Wing Commander Steve Wood, Officer Commanding Base Support Wing at RAF Leeming got in touch when his son needed some support to achieve his dreams.
Aged 18, Oliver wants to become a top triathlete, and has worked incredibly hard, being selected to represent Team GB in the 2016 Sprint Distance Duathlon European Championships in Kalkar, GermanyRead more