The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) is a one of the oldest military charities and provides welfare support to the RAF Family (all serving and ex-serving RAF personnel and their dependants, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Families Federation and the Air Cadets Organisations). The RAFA recognises that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to the country. RAFA wishes to ensure that such a sacrifice does not end in suffering, poverty and loneliness. It could be an injured airman fighting to get back on his feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a veteran needing support. Today the RAF Association is committed to carrying on the essential task of working closely with the RAF, operating a network of over 300 branches worldwide, seeking out those in welfare need and providing a range of services to help ease their suffering.
Mental health affects us all. Whether it’s you, someone in your family, a friend or a work colleague, local mental health charities, Norfolk and Waveney Mind and Suffolk Mind are here for you. They work to deliver excellent mental health services to anyone who needs them within local areas.
Whist part of the Mind network, they are independent charities run by local people for local people. They are responsible for their own funding and services. They work together in partnership with National Mind.
As local Minds they understand the needs of their community and tailor their services to match. Services include talking therapies, peer support, complex bereavement, crisis care, green care, employment, housing support and training.
As well as delivering services, they are involved in planning local mental health services, campaigning on local mental health issues and help to change attitudes towards mental health in their areas.
The Dad’s Army Museum was opened in 2007 and the Friends of Thetford Dad’s Army Museum became a registered charity in 2008. The museum tells the story of the classic BBC TV comedy, its links with Thetford and the surrounding area, and also features displays about the real Home Guard upon which the programme was based. The museum now attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year, even though it’s only open on Saturdays between March and November – it’s the number one attraction on Trip Advisor when visiting Thetford. The museum is run entirely by volunteers and does not charge for entry as it wishes for the make its displays accessible to all – fundraising will help to develop the displays, improve the external appearance of the museum and maintain the original Jones’s van, which is now more than 80 years old.