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August 25th 2015

Adult volunteer: “The camaraderie between your colleagues makes it easy to feel at home.”

Moving to a new area can be challenging at the best of times, but one adult volunteer from Lincolnshire has explained how she settled-in to a new life by joining her local Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Adult Under Officer Mel Amara-Carnell, aged 41, volunteers with Lincolnshire ACF at Stamford detachment where she is the Detachment Commander and described volunteering as an outlet for her energy and enthusiasm.

Explaining her journey to joining the ACF, Mel, who has now been a volunteer for just over a year, said that she wanted to be a part of something where she could take an active role in her new community.

She said: “I joined the ACF shortly after moving to a new town and wanted to make new friends and do something which could help others. Since joining I have met lots of like-minded people and pushed myself to the limits to try new activities and make the most of the experience.

“Being part of an organisation like the ACF is like being part of a family as anyone is welcome to join, and the camaraderie between your colleagues makes it easy to feel at home. Since joining the ACF I have had the chance to help Cadets with activities like clay Pidgeon shooting and archery, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh award. There is always something new to try and always a new way to challenge yourself.”

Since joining Stamford detachment, Mel has been working towards achieving her Commission as an ACF Officer and is due to attend the Cadet Force Commissioning Board at Westbury in September.

Mel explained: “Being an Officer in the ACF appeals to me as there will be more leadership opportunities to inspire young people who are brave enough to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. A highlight of mine has been guiding Cadets through the syllabus and watching them go on to achieve great things because of it.”

To find out more about Lincolnshire ACF, contact Major Dave Mullock on 01522  528109 or visit www.armycadets.com

"There is always something new to try and always a new way to challenge yourself.”