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RAF Benevolent Fund launch new scheme to tackle isolation and a new podcast

The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new scheme aiming to help serving RAF personnel and their families overcome social isolation and loneliness.

The Social Engagement Workers scheme is initially being launched at RAF Odiham, RAF Leeming, RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Honington. Starting in October 2019, the pilot scheme will run for two years.

The new initiative has been launched to support the Fund’s ongoing work on social isolation. By providing tangible support to members of the serving RAF family who are affected by social isolation and loneliness, the scheme aims to allow these individuals to overcome these barriers.

The schemes will also look to enable serving RAF personnel to engage in their communities through the development of working relationships, as part of station Community Support teams, and through clubs and activities available.

Damian Pinel, RAF Projects Manager at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "Social isolation and loneliness can impact on all of us at some stage of our lives. Working with Community Support and welfare staff, we want to support members of the RAF family who may be feeling lonely or who are experiencing barriers to their participation in the wide range of provision available on stations and in local communities. This programme complements other initiatives that we have launched to promote resilience and positive wellbeing including our Listening and Counselling service and Wellbeing Breaks."

The RAF Benevolent Fund also launched a new podcast to mark their 100th anniversary called All Stations. It aims to bring to life stories from members of the RAF family.

The first series, hosted by actress Sue Holderness, looks at those who have overcome adversity. It will include interviews with Jacqui Thompson, whose husband Gary was killed in Afghanistan while serving with the RAF Regiment; former RAF serviceman Bob Greig who was left paralysed after parachute accident and World War Two veteran George Dunn.

Source: RAF Benevolent Fund