Welcome to our Edinburgh Lothians and Borders Website.
We’re able to publish this site thanks to members support.This Website is updated periodically but for most recent events and activities then please visit our Facebook page.
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 Association, Royal 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
Its been a busy period at our Branch what with our AGM and Wings collections with much help from our friends of the ATC.
Well done and thanks to everyone who has taken part in Bag Packing these last few weeks, it is truly wonderful to see such support towards Wings and of course the RAF Family.
On behalf of the Committee and indeed RAFA we are grateful for the time and effort spent by everyone involved and assure you that the all money raised will all go directly towards Welfare Support throughout RAFA.
The Branch AGM was kindly hosted by 287 Squadron again this year. There were presentations of various types which included the Award of Honorary Branch Vice President to the outgoing Chairman Jim Scott MBE from our new Chairman Bob Bertram MBE.
and the Winner of this years Group Captain Marvin Trophy which was awarded to 1271 Sqn Bathgate for their fabulous contribution towards Wings during 2013. A formal presentation has to be arranged soon with pictures to follow.
If you need some more inspiration look no further….
Lewis a budding young man now in Primary 7 was asked to produce an informative and constructive presentation for his class. Lewis who has been seen at many of our Wings Bag Packs and East Fortune Air show thought RAFA would be a great subject. With no help from anyone he manged to produce and present his work to all but Lewis being Lewis decided to take this further, typical boy, and held a competition in aid of Wings. Pupils and Staff had to pay to guess how many aircraft Lewis had in his container for the chance of winning some goodies. The correct answer was 76 the number of years RAFA has been active. In doing so Lewis managed to raise a whopping £55.
Just shows what we can do ……
Well Done Lewis and Thanks from all at the Edinburgh Lothians and Borders Branch.