Chairman’s Message

Dear All

At this challenging time, please see a link to RAFA’s Operation Connect initiative. It is there for all of us, from current serving members to RAF veterans and their families.

Operation Connect

Under the Op Connect initiative, RAFA will be launching four new emergency projects under and they are also looking for volunteers to assist.


Therefore, firstly, this Op is for you so please use should the desire or need arise (if you need RAFA’s help and support – or even just a friendly chat – please do not hesitate to contact them by phoning 0800 018 2361) and secondly, if you can assist, by volunteering to help with one of their emergency projects, please email OpConnect@rafa.org.uk to find out more. The four new projects are as follows:

A telephone outreach service which will proactively support our beneficiaries and other high-risk members of our RAF community to check on their welfare and offer them regular contact (telephone or online).


A friendship helpline that anyone in our RAF community can call if they are feeling isolated, in need of more specific support or simply want a chat with someone friendly who understands.


A daily RAF-themed online entertainment slot that people can look forward to as part of their routine while they are isolating, from quizzes to live-streamed sing-a-longs and armchair fitness sessions.


Bag drops of vital provisions to the doorsteps of the most vulnerable members of our RAF family.


Finally, our Association is here for you too. If you want some advice and do not know where to start, feel free to contact any of the Committee Members and we will try to point you in the right direction.

Keep safe.

Nick Hay
Chairman, IX(B) Squadron Association

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