The RAF Talking Tins - RAF Charitable Trust.  The Trust bought our Red Talking Tins which have been widely distributed across the RAF, specifically for use with families who have loved ones deployed overseas. Despite all the modern technology (of email and Skype), family members abroad still love to receive real mail! The Talking Tins have added a new dimension to this, allowing children to record messages for Dad or Mum – which are especially important at Christmas. Talking Tins can be used over and over again – often passing backwards and forwards several times.

"A number of schools with high proportions of Service children have begun to incorporate the Talking Tins into the classroom environment, helping develop language skills – both speaking and listening. Teachers in these schools really appreciate the need for children whose parents are away from home to continue to feel that they ‘in contact’ and Talking Tins play an important role in this for many Service personnel."

"Equally, children who are only 2 or 3 years of age when their parents are sent on 6 month deployment can develop significantly in this time, and it can help parents reintegrate into family life."

LINK: Talking Tins

LINK: RAF Charitable Trust

"The new Multi-Memo (or Green Talking Tin?) [which was provided as a free trial by Talking Products to a school near RAF Brize Norton] has been especially useful – offering up to 60 different messages or 6 minutes of recording. This will provide great versatility, for children, their parents and their teachers to record a blend of messages, stories and songs! The Green Tin has already been in use with an RAF family and they have sent messages backwards and forwards to Afghanistan twice in the last month – a great success!"

LINK: Multi-Memo