Cadets

Volunteers from RAF Air Cadets rise to the virtual challenge

Uniformed staff and civilian instructors at Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing Air Training Corps have demonstrated their resilience and creativity over the past year by successfully converting their activities to the virtual world during the pandemic. Whilst many youth organisations ceased their activities during lockdown, the Cadet Forces’ have ensured that their young people have not missed out on vital social opportunities, training and…

Herefordshire welcomes new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets

During the first week of March, three cadets were formally appointed as the new Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets for the Herefordshire region at a virtual ceremony. Each year Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants for the counties in our region of, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire, appoint young people to serve as the Lord Lieutenants Cadets for their respective regions. It is a…

Cadets return to training roadmap

The National Youth Agency have set out a roadmap for cadets to start their return to face-to-face training. The dates detailed below are the dates from which the activities can commence and so dates may vary from unit to unit. 8 March 2021 Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units can start face-to-face training on school premises only under school direction.  29 March 2021 Cadet…

Cadet Force support fight against Covid-19

St John’s Ambulance have been working hard nationally throughout the pandemic and are now training over 30,000 volunteers to help deliver the national vaccination programme. As part of the training provided, St John’s Ambulance require the use of Resusci Anne training aids. At the end of January 2021 the West Midlands branch put a plea out to borrow more of these trainings aids…

ACF Instructor keeps cadets moving during lockdown

An Army Cadet Force (ACF) instructor from Shropshire has risen to the challenge of inspiring their cadets to remain active, healthy and upbeat during the national lockdowns. Staff Instructor Dillon James served in the Army for a number of years as an infantry soldier before working for the local council, and more recently, to their benefit, joining Shropshire Army Cadet Force as an…

Business owner, cadet instructor and a pandemic

A former Army Cadet is one of a huge number of volunteers and cadet instructors who have stepped up to help provide virtual activities for young people in his local community, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff Sergeant Instructor Benjamin Dean joined his local Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachment in 2008.  As a senior cadet, he discovered he had a passion for teaching others,…

Healthcare worker inspires Army Cadets during pandemic

An Army Cadet Force (ACF) instructor from Shropshire is one of many dedicated volunteers who have continued supporting the Cadet Forces throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, all whilst balancing her role as a key healthcare worker. Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) Shanade Wheelden has been an adult instructor with Shropshire ACF for nine years, and is the current Detachment Commander at the Pontesbury Platoon.  No…

Staffordshire cadets benefit from gift of technology

Army Cadets in Staffordshire are benefitting from accessing training online, thanks to a kind gift from supporters. The Friends of Staffordshire Army Cadet Force Trust, a registered charity and long-term supporter of the cadets, have donated Sixty Toshiba Notebooks and cases to Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) Army Cadet Force (ACF). The Friends charity raises funds to help the cadets to access…

Cadet hut receives makeover

Refurbishment works at an Army Cadet Force (ACF) building in Staffordshire will bring a fresh start for their cadets once they are able to return to face-to-face activities. The centre, which is based at Pinnox Street in Stoke-on-Trent, is home to the Tunstall ACF Detachment, part of the Staffordshire and West Midlands (North Sector) ACF. As a 1970s ‘Spooner’ type hut, the timber-clad…