Share a special and lasting connection with every member of the RAF community.
When you join, you’ll stand united with thousands of other members across the UK and around the world. Your membership will enable us reach out to members of the RAF community who urgently need help and support.
In 2020, we supported more than 85,000 individuals enabling them to remain active, thriving and valued members of their local communities, helped by our network of 1,100 highly trained welfare volunteers.
Help us reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
Loneliness is linked to serious health risks like cardiovascular disease, and more people than ever are feeling isolated. In 2020 we helped reduced loneliness and isolation by making over 100,000 friendship and welfare calls.
Protect family bonds for those who are serving
We look out for the welfare of serving personnel’s families, whether a family member is lonely, facing hardship or is suffering from dementia.
Enjoy companionship with like-minded people at your local or virtual branch
We have over 68,000 members and over 300 branches around the world. So when you join as a member, you’ll be in the best of company. Our branches are the perfect places to make new friends and meet like-minded people.
As a member, you’ll get the chance to attend events, talks and make friends at your local branch (in person when restrictions allow). We’ll send you a membership card, and keep you up to date with the RAF community through our exclusive quarterly members’ magazine, Air Mail.
“I’ve been an Associate member for over eight years. I’ve received accredited training, met many interesting people all with a common bond and I’ve had some truly ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. I love the fact that I can help start someone else’s RAFA journey. “
M.Wells, Associate Member
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful friends and a great social life enabled by my membership of our Association. I’ve been member now for over 10 years I found it amazing how the camaraderie, language and ethos were instantly there as I spoke to people I had never met.”
G.Malster, Ordinary Member
“Being a member of the RAF Association has given me the satisfaction that I can volunteer and help ex-RAF members etc. at their time of need. We need to do all we can to look after our own and support previous generations that now need help. “
B Flora, Ordinary Member
If you are currently serving, or you have served in the past, you can join as an Ordinary Member for £24.50 a year.
Once you’ve joined the Association, your welcome pack will arrive within 21 days. It contains your membership card and pin badge. Your copy of Air Mail will be received on the next publication dates scheduled for 2021/22 as follows:
You can also access back copies of Air Mail by logging into the members portal and accessing the ‘Publications’ folder.
We’d love to stay in touch, but we don’t want to out-stay our welcome. Choose how you would like us to get in touch with you via the member portal. For example, you can tick ‘email’ and we’ll keep you updated on events, places and news relevant to you – straight into your inbox
Direct debit is the easiest way to pay for your membership. Paying by Direct Debit gives you peace of mind and security, as you’re protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee. It’s simple to set up or amend and helps us put more of your membership money into supporting the RAF Community.
For any amendments to your direct debit (e.g. change of account holder’s name or change of bank details) please contact your bank directly. It is helpful if you call our membership team on 0800 018 2361
I want to speak to someone about my payment, who do I contact?Andrew Matthews2021-01-27T16:57:33+00:00
It’s a really difficult time for everyone with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 crisis. As a charity, demand for our services has been extremely high as more and more members of the RAF community need our help, but at the same time we are having to cancel many of our fundraising activities. Therefore we have taken the difficult decision to pause activity on RAFA Youth whilst we focus our efforts on supporting most vulnerable members of our RAF community that need our help.
We thank you for your understanding.
I have not received my membership cardAndrew Matthews2021-02-12T11:07:22+00:00
From January 2021 onward, our membership cards will be made out of paper. It works in the same way as your old one, and not only that, it will be easier to recycle and easier on the environment too. It costs less, meaning the money can be spent on supporting the RAFA Community.
If you’ve lost your card, there’s no need to panic. You can request a replacement card via the member portal. Alternatively, please call our membership team on Freephone number 0800 018 2361 or email email@example.com
I am not receiving Air Mail magazineAndrew Matthews2021-02-12T11:11:43+00:00
We believe every generation owes a debt of gratitude to the RAF and their families. They continue to protect the peace and safety we all enjoy every day. It’s our job to make sure everyone who has served in the RAF, and their loved ones, gets help and support when they need it most.