Lincolnshire is one of four counties that has been selected as a location for a two-year pilot study that aims to support RAF veterans who face loneliness and isolation. Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire are the other three counties.

The project is being run by the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF), the RAF’s leading welfare charity. It is launching a Community Engagement Worker scheme to help older RAF veterans get involved in their local communities. The scheme comes in response to research carried out by the Fund which highlighted these challenges as issues which most concern the older generation of RAF veterans.

The Community Engagement Workers will get to know the social activities, groups and associations across the four counties and work with the veterans to understand what the barriers are to them becoming more socially engaged and help them to overcome that.  

Peter Ashcroft, the Welfare Projects Manager at the RAFBF, is asking clergy across the diocese, with their knowledge of their local communities, to help spread the message that help is available to veterans and to the partners of those who served. The help includes, among other areas: financial assistance, wellbeing breaks, emotional wellbeing and independent living.

This poster gives details of what help is available and the free phone number (0800 169 2942) to ring. Their website is rafbf.org/help. There is a dedicated Lincolnshire Community Engagement worker and there are local case workers.