The RAF Association is here to help the whole Royal Air Force family, providing friendship, help and support to current and former members of the Royal Air Force and their dependants. You do not need to be a member to receive our help; the RAF Association can help you if you served for just one day in the RAF Reserves are currently serving within the RAF and your family and dependants under 18 years Find out more about eligibility for welfare help


Whether you’re a fresh recruit, a young family, are about to leave the service, or if you have started a new life after the RAF, or if you are retired, there are some ways in which we can help no matter your situation.  The RAF Reserve branch can help with a range of welfare cases, some of which can be complex.


If you’re attached to a the RAF Reserves branch we can help you through our volunteer welfare officers and case workers and we can provide a range of emotional, practical and financial support and, if we can’t help you directly we will still look after your case and we will signpost you to the relevant help that you need.

Storybook Wings

Storybook Wings is the RAF Association’s initiative for serving RAF parents who have to spend time away from their children – whether they are away on deployment or working away during the week. Sound effects and music are added to create a really special keepsake.


Storybook Wings has been an outstanding success with over 2,300 families using this free service that helps bring Mums and Dads “home” for at least a little while to read a story at a time that can be confusing and upsetting for their children.

Wings Break Hotels

The RAF Association currently runs three ‘Wings Breaks’ hotels situated ascross the country in some of England’s most picturesque locations.


Our Wings Breaks offer short stays and breaks. The fully trained and friendly staff are able to provide specialised care and support for those who need that little extra assistance, with facilities available to cater for a wide variety of needs.

Each of the hotels provides a warm and friendly environment with plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded people

Advice and Support
Welfare is at the absolute heart of the Royal Air Forces Association. Our reason for existing is as a member-led welfare charity. By association, everyone in the organisation from fundraiser to member to welfare officer or case Worker is a part of the welfare chain. The real help that we give to real people – is the core of the welfare work that the RAF Association so successfully delivers is making a real difference to the lives of those in the RAF family who find themselves in times of need.
Find out about the range of welfare advice and support that the RAF Association gives by using the links below:
Contact Houses

We help to maintain a significant number of contact houses on RAF stations around the country. We understand that, as in civilian life, things don’t always work out for Serving families, and provide support to personnel whose family life has unfortunately broken down: these houses provide the vital extra space a single parent needs to have their children visit.


We also help families stay connected; a number of RAF stations now include our internet cafes, which are an ideal way for families to keep in touch when loved ones are away on a tour of duty.