The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new survey in partnership with Swansea University to better understand the needs of the RAF Family. This project follows the Fund’s Meeting the Needs of the Serving RAF Community research which was carried out in 2017.
The survey will focus on the wellbeing of serving RAF personnel, including in relation to Covid-19, as well as any mental health difficulties, gambling and related problems and substance misuse. The findings will help inform the Fund’s future welfare provision and related support services.
Please visit rafbf.org/survey to take the survey, which is open until 23 February.
Air Commodore Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Benevolent Fund said:
“The emotional wellbeing of the serving RAF community has always been a key priority for the Fund. The coronavirus pandemic has put a real focus on our collective mental health and resilience, so this research should be a timely piece of work that will guide our ongoing welfare provision for those currently serving in the Royal Air Force.
“We are incredibly grateful for all those who choose to take part in the survey. Your contribution will allow us to continue supporting the RAF Family in the most appropriate, efficient way for years to come.”
Following the Fund’s 2017 research, it announced a number of new welfare initiatives addressing the key needs of the serving RAF community. This included funding memberships to mindfulness app Headspace, launching a Social Engagement Worker pilot scheme at four RAF stations, introducing gambling support, and rolling out Thrive workshops for partners of serving personnel.
Air Vice-Marshal Maria Byford, Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary, added:
“As we all weather the ongoing pandemic, it is clear that the past year has posed significant challenges for many, with the risk of impact on their wellbeing. The welfare and wellbeing of serving personnel has always been of utmost importance to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
“To better understand the current situation, the potential long-term effects and in order to provide meaningful support, the Fund are conducting a survey to gather vital information on wellbeing levels and experiences of coping. I urge all personnel to take part in this important research so that together we can provide the best possible support for those in need.”