The RAF Association calls for volunteers across Romford to tackle loneliness
PUBLISHED: 09:21 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 23 January 2018
The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) is recruiting volunteers across Romford for its befriending service, which pairs volunteers with members of the RAF community who are feeling lonely.
The service is a valuable source of companionship to members of the RAF family, with 170,000 RAF veterans dealing with issues of isolation, and 85,000 coping with feelings of loneliness.
Katherine Montgomery, the association’s volunteer manager, said: “Befrienders can play such an important role in somebody’s life and while there is no single type of person we look for, a good befriender is someone that is caring and empathetic, able to build a rapport with people, reliable and a good listener.”
Volunteers support their befriendees in various ways, including popping round for a cup of tea, researching local community groups, or simply being at the end of the phone for a chat.
For more information on becoming a befriender visit rafa.org.uk/befriending.