Volunteer Befriender


What is a Befriender volunteer?

A Befriender carries out visits to and keeps in touch with members of the RAF family (beneficiary), on behalf of the RAF Association. Befriender volunteers exist to provide companionship and outcome-focused support to a beneficiary and to ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family.

Who are members of the RAF family?

Anyone serving or has served in the RAF, Regular or Reserve, their respective partner, spouse and/or dependent children is part of an RAF family, and…

...parents and close relatives by blood or marriage/civilian registration, who lives are directly affected by a family member who is serving in the RAF, Contractors and Civil Servants supporting the RAF, are part of the extended RAF family.


Befriender volunteers are required to:

- Regularly meet with a beneficiary, either in their home or at a mutually agreed location

- Listen to, and engage with the beneficiary, promoting positive outlooks and raised self-esteem

- Work within the remit of the Befriending Plan and promote activities to meet the identified outcomes.

- Research into local community groups and activities to find relevant interests for the beneficiary.

- Identify ways to connect with other beneficiaries to promote friendship groups.

- Identify any additional areas of support and make referrals to the Area Welfare Officer (AWO) if required.

- Keep a note of visits undertaken, with recommendations and actions. Provide this information and regular updates to the AWO.

Practical considerations:

Being a Befriender volunteer could be about helping someone who is isolated, using social media or simply visiting an older person that has become increasingly lonely and isolated over time, to help them find new interests in the community. The role is varied, the service spans all ages and it is flexible to suit everyone.

Posted for:

The Royal Air Forces Association

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  • Families and Parenting
  • Health and Social Care
  • Older People


  • General Helping


  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • Training


When: 14/11/2017 - 14/05/2018



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