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How you can help us

If you choose to volunteer for the RAF Benevolent Fund, you'll be getting involved with a fantastic charity that does important work supporting the men, women and children of the RAF Family.

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Not only will you be doing your bit to help us continue our work, you'll meet new people and have some fun as well.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Collection box manager

We have counter collection boxes at each SPAR shop on RAF stations and are in the process of distributing them around local communities as well. They raise a surprisingly large amount of money and a lot of awareness as well.

We are currently looking for volunteers to manage the distribution of collection boxes both on and off RAF stations, and the counting and banking of the monies raised.

You will be provided with ID cards and paying-in slips as well as your own supply of collection boxes. You will be entrusted to account for every box you place and to build relationships with each establishment to ensure future support.

RAF Benevolent Fund champion

The role of an RAF Benevolent Fund champion is to act as our local representative on your station or in your local community.

The role will include activities such as:

  • attending cheque presentations
  • giving presentations to help raise awareness and future support
  • acting as a point of contact to anyone who may require support with sponsorship or holding an event of their own
  • distributing posters and leaflets in local establishments.

Please feel free to shape the role so it will suit you best and fits around your daily routine to ensure you benefit from what it has to offer.

Support at air shows and other seasonal events

Our busiest season runs from May to September. During this time we attend many air shows, family days, local fetes and community events. As we are a very small team, we would love some help at these events to ensure we can cover as many as possible.

Your role on the day may include helping set up the marquee, supervising the tombola, selling merchandise, walking around the show with collection buckets and engaging with the general public.

Each volunteer will receive an RAFBF polo shirt for such events and entry will of course be free. You will have the opportunity to wander around and enjoy the show as well, of course.

Event co-ordinators

During the past couple of years our fundraising team has developed a wonderful relationship with Air Training Corps squadrons around the country, which are committed to raising money to support our work.

We are building on ways in which we can help them achieve this over the year. We would love to have some support with arranging such events.

For example, a volunteer could liaise with Air Training Corps squadrons to arrange collections at local football, rugby or cricket matches. This role may also incorporate presentations to these squadrons, informing them about the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Your own ideas

Maybe you have your own ideas as to how you would like to help. For instance, you may wish to organise a fundraising event. In this case, your regional fundraiser will be more than happy to provide you with all the materials you require and to support you with publicity and marketing for the event.

Don't hesitate to contact us to chat about any or all of your own ideas. We will support you all the way.

Ready to get involved?

Are you ready to get involved with the RAF's leading welfare charity? Simply get in touch by filling in our online volunteering form.

Please note that all travel, subsistence and accommodation costs will be covered by the RAF Benevolent Fund when you attend events with us or on our behalf.

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