Beneficiary of the Connections For Life service

Connections For Life

Loneliness affects tens of thousands of people across the RAF community. Whether it’s a veteran struggling to adapt to life after service, or a family member facing difficulties alone, loneliness can be devastating to people’s mental and physical health.

Connections for Life is the RAF Association’s welfare service that fights loneliness with friendship and creates a resilient, empowered and thriving RAF community who are able to remain independent.

Everyone has a story, but not everyone has someone to share it with. We are here to listen and to hear that person’s story.

Our volunteers are at the heart of the service as they provide one-to-one, personalised conversation, vital friendship and support via telephone and digital initiatives. The positive impact our volunteers have on the RAF community is huge and is shown through the wonderful responses from our beneficiaries.

Click the button below if you are interested in signing up to become a Connections for Life volunteer.

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Beneficiary of the Connections For Life service
Beneficiary of the Connections For Life service

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In the RAF, we have always looked out for our own – that’s something that will never change. Now through Connections for Life, we can make certain that no one in the RAF community ever feels alone or left behind. We want to help you to develop your confidence again and integrate you back into your community. It’s all about giving you the tools to live a rewarding life, full of dignity, companionship, joy and independence.

Are you feeling lonely or isolated? You don’t need to face life on your own. The Connections for Life service is there to offer you a friendly volunteer to talk to.

If you think the Connections for Life service might benefit you, please get in touch using the details below:


Losing touch with friends and family can be incredibly difficult, but we are determined to ensure that no one feels alone. Connections for Life matches lonely members of the RAF community with a friendly volunteer who can bring laughter and companionship into their life again. As a volunteer, you can offer a listening ear, help someone regain their confidence, share discussions around their interests and help them reconnect with the outside world.

The volunteer the role would involve contacting a beneficiary over the phone on a regular basis. Calls can be made at your convenience, be as regular as you are able to commit to and can fit around your existing commitments. As a volunteer you will be providing a vital link for someone who is lonely and isolated.

All training will be provided so you will be well prepared to take on the volunteer role. You will also have a designated Connections for Life employee who will be on hand should you have any queries or need advice.

If you are able to offer some of your time, no matter how little that may be, you can make a huge difference to someone’s life. Volunteering is a great way to use your skills, give something back and feel rewarded by the positive impact you have made. Learn more about what it means to be a Connections for Life volunteer.

To volunteer, please either call us on 0800 018 2361 or click the button below to sign up online:

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I wish to thank my volunteer for her kindness. In recent weeks she has provided a conversational lifeline to me. We have amazing conversations, from garden sheds to my old times at Brize Norton. She is a joy to the ear.

Connections for Life beneficiary

I would like to send a big thank you for the lovely phone conversations I had during this lock-down. The folks made me laugh and brought a lot of joy during these difficult times.

Connections for Life beneficiary
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