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RAF Association donates generously to SkillForce for the third year

SkillForce is proud to share that The Royal Air Forces Association has shown amazing support to the charity and former RAF personnel by donating vital funds for the third year running.

The financial support offered to SkillForce is invaluable and these funds are used to further train existing instructors as well as to recruit and new staff to deliver the ground-breaking Prince William Award to children aged between 6 and 14 years in schools throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

ABOVE: RAF Association Secretary General Nick Bunting meets former RAF member turned SkillForce Community Fundraiser Steve Robinson, (right).

During the past year, working in partnership with over 250 schools, nearly 10,000 children and young people have been given the opportunity to develop their confidence, resilience and self-belief.

The Prince William Award is a year-long course of facilitated workshops and community projects delivered at 3 different age levels, exploring key themes and guiding principles.
The instructors, predominantly former Armed Forces personnel, bring their life experience, professionalism and resilience to help deliver the programme.

Ben Slade, SkillForce CEO said:

“Our very special partnership with the Royal Air Forces Association has helped build a foundation on which to build a solid, professional team of role models. These former Armed Forces men and women have helped to build character and resilience in the lives of nearly 10,000 young people over this last year.
We are profoundly grateful and proud of our association with the Royal Air Forces Association and we value their continued support.”

SkillForce employs a number of former RAF members in various roles.

John Cahill, former RAF Police and now SkillForce Area Manager for Central England said:

“The support of the Royal Air Forces Association is invaluable. Even though we have left the RAF, they maintain their focus on providing welfare for us and our families. It’s absolutely brilliant.”

Dave Hubbard, a former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator and now SkillForce’s Director of Programme Delivery and Training, remarked on the crucial role of professional training:
“The Royal Air Forces Association has provided funds that has enabled a whole new level of training. Because of their support, we have been able to engage Cranfield University in training for each of our former Royal Air Force personnel.”

Rory O’Connor, the Association’s Director of Welfare and Policy, said: “Transitioning back into civilian life can be a challenge for people when they leave the RAF and we are pleased to be able to play our part in helping them by supporting SkillForce.”

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