Who we are
The RAF Association (RAFA) is a membership organisation of serving and former members of the Royal Air Force, their families and dependents and all those supporting the aims of the Association.
RAF Boulmer Sea King with a backdrop of the Headland of Hartlepool
You do not need to be a member to receive our help. It is estimated that there are around 2.4 million ex-service people, some 33,000 currently in uniform and an increasing number of reserve forces. This group, their families, dependants under 18 years old and dependants with a disability over 18 years old are all eligible for assistance from the RAF Association.
With a UK-wide caseworker network of over 540 volunteer Honorary Welfare Officers undertaking almost 13,000 welfare visits annually, help ranges from simply providing conversation and friendship to preparing and submitting application forms for financial assistance.
Picture courtesy and copyright of Stan Laundon www.stanlaundon.com
We support the whole Air Force family, providing welfare and care to all serving and former members of The Royal Air Force and their dependents. Our network of Honorary Welfare Officers, supported by Area Welfare Officers and a Welfare Department at CHQ provide support and friendship and, where appropriate, can also “signpost” you to other agencies for assistance.
Making a donation on-line is the most efficient way to support the Association as it saves time and money. The gift of a donation through our online facility is not only secure but if you are a UK taxpayer an additional 20% tax bonus will be added to your donation at no cost to you. More information
A big thank you to all who supported this years Wings Appeal the Branch set itself a target of £10,000 and on the closure of of Wings Appeal 2016 we raised the magnificent sum of £7,768. The Branch President, Chairman and committee would like to thank everybody who supported us. Special thanks must go to our Wings Appeal Co-ordinator Mr Paul Jenkins who has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Appeal.
We invite all members to help with “Wings Appeal” and if anyone can spare a couple of hours to help at collections you will be most welcomed. Should any member be able to organise an individual Wings Appeal fund-raising event please contact the Branch for support.
The Branch requires new members we are currently in a reasonable position for members numbers but we cannot sit on our laurels we need more members. We especially require members who will assist and help in the Wings Appeal collections and in supporting our welfare commitments. We appeal to any ex RAF personnel to contact the Branch via mail, email, telephone or pop in to a monthly meeting you will be warmly welcomed.
100 Marine Drive
Branch Charity Registration Number 231584
Branch Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each Month (except December) at 7pm
We meet at:
Ye Olde Durham’s Club
St Aiden’s Street
Hartlepool TS25 1SN
Free street parking at the rear