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Friends are needed for lonely former air force personnel

VOLUNTEERS are being sought across Bognor Regis to tackle loneliness.

 

The RAF Association is seeking helpers for its befriending service which pairs volunteers with the RAF community who are struggling with feeling lonely or isolated.

 

The service is a valuable source of companionship to members of the RAF family of which 170,000 veterans deal with issues of isolation.

 

Katharine Montgomery, the association’s volunteer manager, said: “Befrienders can play such an important role in somebody’s life and, while there is no single type of person we look for, a good befriender is someone that is caring and empathetic, able to build a rapport with people, reliable and a good listener.”

 

Volunteers support their ‘befriendees’ in several simple ways. This includes going round for a cup of tea, researching community groups to attend or chatting on the phone.

 

Volunteers gain new skills, build confidence, meet new people and have the chance to give back to their community.

 

More details can be seen at: rafa.org.uk/befriending

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