There are many different types of support for you within the RAF community. If you are not sure where to go or who to speak to, you can always contact the team at the Families Federation and we can signpost you to the best experts. Alternatively, have a quick scan of our useful links’ page in this section.
Community Support within your RAF Unit
One place to start is the on-base Community Support team as part of the Unit’s welfare organisation. They can offer confidential and expert advice on a whole range of subjects.You may wish to confide in your Unit’s padre, the medical officer, the SSAFA Social Work Practitioner, the HIVE Information Officer or a member of the Personnel Management Squadron (PMS) staff. Flight and Squadron Commanders also have a line management responsibility for their Servicemen and women and a duty of care to support them and their families, particularly when the uniformed family member is away from home.
So, whilst most serving personnel and their families have a natural and understandable reluctance to approach anyone in the chain of command for help, we do encourage you to at least consider whether they may be best placed to offer the support you need, particularly if your problem has the potential to impact on your serving family member’s ability to do his or her primary duty.
Image: Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) member, also known as the Red Arrows, seen here being greeted by his son after arriving back at their homebase at RAF Scampton in the UK. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.