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Scheme to tackle loneliness in RAF

The RAF Benevolent Fund has launched a new scheme aiming to help serving RAF personnel and their families overcome social isolation and loneliness.


The pilot will run for two years and is initially being launched at four RAF stations including RAF Odiham in Hampshire.


Sophie Napleton has been hired to lead the pilot at RAF Odiham. Her husband is currently serving at RAF Odiham where she has been an active member of the RAF community, running social groups and deployment dinners at her local RAF community centre and arranging events for the residents of the SFA patch.


By providing tangible support to members of the serving RAF family who are affected by social isolation and loneliness, the scheme aims to allow these individuals to overcome these barriers.

Damian Pinel, of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “It’s not just veterans and older members of the RAF family that suffer from social isolation and loneliness. Station life can be difficult to adjust to for many members of the serving RAF community, so we wanted to offer greater support to those who might be struggling.”


Stuart Gray, Veronica Young, Sophie Napleton and David Rose. Photo: RAF Benevolent Fund