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The Royal Air Forces Association is the charity that supports the RAF family, looking after the welfare of serving and former-serving personnel and their dependants, helping them in times of need. We exist to ensure that the sacrifices made by those who serve their country in the Royal Air Force does not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
How do we support them?
We provide a wide range of needs-based welfare support. This includes everything from providing home visits and much needed short breaks, to offering advice and, in some cases, financial assistance in times of difficulty.
Could you give a little time to help others? Join our Volunteer programme today!
Volunteering for the Association is both exciting and rewarding. We offer a variety of exciting roles, each with different tasks and commitment required.
In the Midlothian area we need:
What do I get out of volunteering?
There are so many benefits to joining our fantastic team of volunteers, including:
• Giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, increase knowledge and gain experience in other sectors
• Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
• Contributing to a worthy cause by engaging in meaningful activities and by giving back to those who gave so much
• Enhancing personal effectiveness
• Looking great on your CV!
So please get in touch to find out more about how you can help today! You can register on our website at www.rafa.org.uk/volunteer and we will confirm your registration via email. If you have any queries or questions, please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call us for a chat about the roles on 0800 018 2361.
On Wednesday 16 November we held our Annual General Meeting at the Welfare Hall in Dalkeith. We had our usual business section, followed by presentations by each of our managers on their areas of work and what had been achieved by Volunteer Midlothian over the past year. We were grateful to Provost Joe Wallace for coming along to support the event. To download a copy of our Annual Highlights for 2016 please click here.
Do you want to help people to achieve their goals and ambitions?? Are you keen to learn more about yourself and further develop your own skills?
• LINKNET minority ethnic training service are currently looking to recruit Midlothian based volunteers to work as mentors. They are running an information session on Monday 7th November 12.30-1pm, Conference Room 1, Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Road, Dalkeith Midlothian EH22 3AA for anyone wanting to find out more about what being a mentor involves. If you think mentoring might be for you, please come along for a brief presentation and chat. Feel free to bring your lunch! Tea/coffee and biscuits provided.
You have experience, skills, and networks. Sharing these with your mentee can be life changing. Using your great communication and effective listening skills you can help your mentee narrow down life choices, think about things differently, learn new skills and make difficult decisions. You can really help them to get on in life. Mentoring can also improve your own professional skills and employability as well as increasing self-confidence and bringing immense personal satisfaction.
WHAT SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?
Mentors will be provided with a one day training session and Linknet Staff will provide ongoing support and guidance.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?
You’ll give 2-3 hours once per week to your mentee at a mutually agreeable time/ place. We ask that you commit to mentoring for a minimum of 6 months.
WHAT WILL I DO?
The support you can offer is invaluable from providing CV advice, language skills and interview preparation, to goal setting and confidence building.
How you spend the time will depend on the support your mentee wants and the time you spend together will evolve as your mentoring relationship develops. Linknet staff will ensure that your skills match the needs of your mentee.
If mentoring sounds like something you might be interested in then please come along to the information session or contact Erin Cuthbertson by email Erin.Cuthbertson@midlothian.gov.uk or David Ashimolowo at email@example.com.
Dalkeith group running every Tuesday 4-5 and Gorebridge Library group starting Fridays from 11 November 3-4.30.