Dispersed Families

Dispersed Families Project

The RAF Families Federation is currently running a two year project to investigate the additional challenges faced by dispersed families, those living ‘outside the wire’. Recently the Federation has seen an increase in the number of issues raised by these families, both regulars and reserves, and as a result we have recognised a need to fully understand what the issues are and what help can be put in place.

This is an independent project for RAF families, run by the RAF Families’ Federation and funded through a Libor grant.

What is a dispersed family?

We understand that there are many different ‘types’ of family who might fall into the category, but for the purposes of this project we are specifically looking at the following groups who live 10 or more miles from their parent unit:

  • Families of regular RAF personnel
  • Families of RAF Reserves
  • Unmarried cohabiting couples: those in long-term relationships who share a single permanent address

What are we doing to help these families?

Many families have already given their views through our surveys and face-to-face meetings and we are now working on the initial report, due to be published by the end of June 2018. This will give the findings of our research so far and will recommend possible improvements.

We have been working closely with the RAF and MOD throughout the project so far, and look forward to continuing to do so as we enter the project’s second year.

About the Project Manager

Tor Johnson is our Dispersed Families Project Manager and can be contacted by email on tor.johnson@raf-ff.org.uk, or telephone her on 07376 083352. Tor is an RAF wife herself; she is currently living in SFA, but spent nearly 9 years living in private accommodation away from her husband’s postings prior to their current tour. This, combined with her time previously serving in the RAF, gives her personal experience of the issues faced by dispersed families, and she is keen to help other families in this position.

Keep up to date with the latest project news

We will be updating this section throughout the project to ensure that families have access to all of the latest information and guidance. To keep ahead of future developments on our dispersed families’ work, you can also sign up to our free weekly eBULLETIN* or join the conversation on Twitter with the #notonthepatch hashtag.

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New online Facebook group for RAF Dispersed Families

The RAF Families’ Federation has launched a new Facebook group for families who live away from their parent station. This is as a result of research carried out through the Dispersed Families project, with a number of families commenting that it would be great to be able to get in touch with others in a similar position. This is a closed group, but any current serving RAF personnel and their families are welcome to join. Request to join


Image: © MOD Crown Copyright 2017 (Cpl P Robertshaw)