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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

GO 1143
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Royal Air Force Air Cadets We are youth orgnisation offering amazing opportunites to young people aged 12-18. Flying, Sports, Shooting, Engineering, Teamwork and Leadership, NGB Qualifications, Music, Drill, First Aid trianing, Militray visits. We do all this plus much more and the best thing is anyone aged 12-18 can join! All you need to do is get in touch and you too can become a cadet and experience all this. #whatwedo

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RAF ASSOCIATION "MEMBERS PORTAL"
It would appear that maintenance and improvement works are ongoing on the RAFA Members Portal. I have been assured that it "should" be up and running again tomorrow.........................
Once back to normal - the Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders Branch Committee/Trustees recommend that members (who are able to do so) should register for access to the portal - this via the main RAF Association Website.
Bob Bertram
Interim Chairman
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Go 287 - and thank you again for hosting us for our AGM 25th February 2018 at 2pm at your HQ.
Bob Bertram
Interim Chairman
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Driving practice for our Rampaging Chariot in full flow. Elsewhere in the building, planning and construction commences on a brand new Rampaging Chariot. Take control. Join the Air Training Corps today.

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Well done both cadets; another feather in the cap of 1271
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Fabulous news just in ... three awards in three months to our cadets - GO 1271!! Congratulations to Cadet Flight Sergeant Fell and Cdt Sgt Oliphant who have each been awarded a place on the 2018 Air Cadet Pilot Scholarship - our most prestigious course, 12 hours of flying training towards their private pilots licence.

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