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August 25th 2017

Chappell sings the praises of volunteering

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James Chappell

An adult volunteer with Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) has explained the incredible feeling he gets from helping youngsters in the north of the county.

Colour Sergeant Instructor James Chappell is the Detachment Commander (DC) at Chapel detachment in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The 33-year-old from Buxton was previously a cadet himself, but he says he gets as much enjoyment now from helping the youngsters aged between 12 and 18-years-old.

James, who works full-time as an IT engineer, said: “Volunteering with the Army Cadets is such a fulfilling thing to do.

“It is a great feeling to send the kids home to their parents buzzing after the experiences and knowledge you’ve helped give them.

“Seeing their reactions to the experiences you’re helping deliver is a fantastic buzz in itself. It’s a feeling that’s addictive and it makes you want to do even more for the cadets.

“You can see how much these young people get out of the opportunities they receive as cadets that they would not get otherwise. It’s a great feeling seeing their reaction when they get a badge on their arm for something they’ve achieved.

“Some kids try and get every badge they can which is lovely and it’s great to be able to try and help them to reach these goals.”

James has just returned from Derbyshire ACF’s Annual Camp which was held at Nesscliffe Training Area near Shrewsbury earlier this month. 280 cadets from across the county came together to enjoy a week of activities including various water sports, climbing, fieldcraft exercises, rifle shooting and the assault course.

James continued: “No other youth organisation offers the range of opportunities and activities that we do.

“We’re proud to be able to deliver what we do and it’s quite a special experience to be able to do that, especially with being a Detachment Commander.

“You develop a positive relationship with the cadets and you want to do as much for them as possible.

“Both being a cadet and adult volunteer has proved to be special experience in their own different way. You do get more pleasure out of helping others as a volunteer though.”

“Seeing their reactions to the experiences you’re helping deliver is a fantastic buzz in itself. It’s a feeling that’s addictive and it makes you want to do even more for the cadets."