RAFA Befriending Initiative
The following information has been taken from the RAFA website:
Recent research has found that isolation and loneliness is particularly acute within the ex-military community, with one in six individuals reporting relationship/isolation issues.
Tackling loneliness is a key part of the RAF Association’s mission for the 21st century. Research indicates at least 170,000 RAF veterans could be living alone, or experiencing isolation issues. According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, it’s a bigger threat to life than obesity and more dangerous to health than smoking. The lonely are more likely to need medication, suffer from depression or dementia and end up in residential care.
Our befriending service pairs volunteers with veterans and their families who suffer from loneliness and isolation.
AVM Gary Waterfall's experience of befriendingTex Rexter-Baker
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