Welcome to our Edinburgh Lothians and Borders Website.

We’re able to publish this site thanks to members support.wings-appeal-rgbThis Website is updated periodically but for most recent events and activities then please visit our Facebook page.



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Our aims and values

The RAF Family and its importance in helping create an effective Air Force. Service charities and organisations such as the Royal Air Forces AssociationRoyal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the Royal Air Force Families Federation play a key role in this wider Royal Air Force community. This community is more commonly known as the Royal Air Force Family, and all the organisations work closely with the Royal Air Force to provide the necessary welfare and support to all who are part of it.

For Service personnel to be at their most effective, it is recognised that the Royal Air Force has to provide the necessary community support structure for their families.

The RAF Association is committed to supporting the RAF Family, whether currently serving, or former-serving, in a wide range of ways, delivering help and support where it is needed.

The development of a strong sense of community and feeling of wellbeing amongst all Service personnel and their families helps make our Air Force better by encouraging unity, and helping to ensure that the men and women who come into service want to stay. With such a feeling of community, forces personnel can focus on their work, knowing that their families can access the support they need, when they need it – whether it is while they are actively serving, or after they have served.

How we help the RAF Family.

The RAF Association is here to help the whole Royal Air Force family, providing friendship, help and support to current and former members of the RAF and their dependants.

You do not need to be a member to receive our help. It is estimated that there are around 2.4 million ex-service people, some 33,000 currently in uniform and an increasing number of reserve forces. This group, their families, dependants under 18 years old and dependants with a disability over 18 years old are all eligible for assistance from the RAF Association.

With a UK-wide caseworker network of over 540 volunteer Honorary Welfare Officers undertaking almost 13,000 welfare visits annually, help ranges from simply providing conversation and friendship to preparing and submitting application forms for financial assistance.

The kind of welfare support provided by the RAF Association is wide-ranging: everything from providing home visits and respite care breaks, to offering advice and, in some circumstances, financial assistance in times of difficulty.

Simply, we are here to make sure those members of the RAF Family past and present are never left alone or in need.

You can find out more about what we’ve been up to visit our Facebook Page; some content is shown below.  If you want to get in touch with our branch you can find various contact details here.

We look forward to hearing from you.
See below for some content feed from our Facebook Page

RAF Association - Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch shared Legion Scotland's post. ... See MoreSee Less

2017 - was a year to remember. We have another great year planned for 2018 so why not get in touch with your local branch or visit www.legionscotland.org.uk Call 0131 550 1586 for details on how to join. Turn the volume up and listen to the fabulous Amy Hawthorn. Huge thanks to Bfbs Mark McKenzie for putting together the video that clearly shows the benefits of joining our family and to Mark Owens for taking most of the photos. Very much apppreciated.

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"2017 Senior Branch Efficiency Competition Runner-up. Presented at Scotland & NI Area Conference in Glasgow on 7 April 2018".
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"Your Chairman, Secretary Susan Kidston supported Lossiemouth RAFALO Corporal Jamie......"
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“To mark the first centenary of the world’s oldest independent air force, the Royal Air Force will yet again help protect the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle – only this time, it’s not from the air!
On Sunday 1 April, exactly 100 years since the formation of the RAF, personnel of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force will mount the ceremonial guard at Edinburgh Castle.
Under the direction of the Squadron Warrant Officer, Norman Davenport, the Squadron will ensure a constant RAF presence whilst the Castle is open to the public.
The Squadron shares on its crest the triple-towered castle on the rocks of the Edinburgh City Coat of Arms, and the close links between Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Squadron make it fitting that 603 Squadron carry out this auspicious honour at the bastion that is the world-famous Edinburgh Castle. It will be followed this year by the Squadron having another honour placed upon it when the Lord Provost of Edinburgh grants the Squadron the Freedom of the City.”

If any members of RAFA are able to attend, it would be a great boost to the Sqn - especially in this cold and wet weather!


Ross McElhinney
Flt Lt
603 Sqn Adjt
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