It was Lord Trenchard who, after forming the Royal Air Force in 1918, saw the need to provide support to the regulars by the creation of a part time force of trained personnel. Following his experiences in WW1, he also recognised the need to form a charitable organisation that would look after those personnel who fell on hard times be it through sickness, disability, misfortune, poverty, ill health or simply bad luck. With this in mind, he was instrumental in forming the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and it is this charity today that continues to look after those serving, their families and those who have retired. There is now no difference in the help and support given to those in need between regulars or auxiliaries whether serving or retired.
While the Foundation can offer advice of a welfare nature to those in need, direct approach to the RAF Benevolent Fund is often recommended.
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
67 Portland Place,
London, W1B 1AR
Telephone: 020 7580 834358
There are other organisations that can provide help and advice to Foundation members.
The Royal Air Forces Association is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support.
RAF Association Headquarters,
41 Wembley Road,
Leicester, LE3 1UT
Freephone: 0800 018 2361 or call the Association’s HQ during working hours on 01162 2665224.
SSAFA is the Sailors, Soldiers and Air Force Families Association. This organisation is the Armed Forces Charity and provides help and advice on a range of welfare topics. You can reach them by telephoning on Freephone 0800 7314 880, and more information is readily available on their web site at www.ssafa.org.uk
Help with housing can be had from:
Haig Housing Trust (UK) : www.haighousing.org.uk Tel: 02086 855777
Haig Homes for Heroes (Scotland): www.housesforheroes.org.uk Tel: 01315 571188
Advice on Respite and Care Homes can be obtained from:
Whilst the RAuxAF Foundation is unable to provide some of the wider support elements that the major military charities are geared to provide, we remain a source of advice and sign posting. Those seeking advice on welfare matters can contact the Foundation’s Welfare Officer in complete confidentiality and initially by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.