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Connections for Life (Telephone Befriending)

The Royal Air Forces Association (Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde)

Our Connections for Life service entails friendship telephone calls from volunteers to beneficiaries within the RAF community who maybe experiencing loneliness, adapting to life after service or just looking for a general chat.

We will provide you with all the necessary training so you can rest assured that you will have all the skills you need. As a Connections Volunteer, you will have the support of a dedicated coordinator as your point of contact.

A RAF or forces background is not essential, and we welcome applications from all areas of the community.

As part of the RAF Association, our Connections Volunteers offer the vital connection and support our beneficiaries need. In this role, you will make a real difference by helping support a lonely individual via regular telephone calls.

What skills do I need?

Patience and Empathy

Friendly nature/rapport

Good listener

Ability to maintain boundaries


The opportunity to help members of the RAF community to feel less isolated and lonely and the sense of achievement having done this. It can help enhance your communication and listening skills, be very rewarding and you will gain a new meaningful relationship. Our training course is also accredited and you will receive a certificate of achievement.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Volunteers call either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Calls are carried out at at a time to suit both beneficiary and volunteer.

Register your interest
  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Older people
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Befriending
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • Informal Discussion
  • References

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