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February 22nd 2016

Council employee encourages local people to volunteer

Second Lieutenant Shaun Tweed

Planning weekends packed with activities for cadets and inspiring fellow adult volunteers to reach their personal training goals are all experiences enjoyed by a Finance Officer from Leicestershire in his free time.

Second Lieutenant Shaun Tweed, aged 28, works full-time at Leicestershire County Council, however, just over five years ago he decided he wanted a new challenge in his spare time that would allow him to leave his desk on a Friday and complete something he felt was worthwhile in the community.

Shaun joined Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) in 2010 as an adult volunteer as he wanted to take part in, supervise and organise a range of activities for young people to enjoy locally.

Initially training at Hinckley detachment, Shaun spent many enjoyable evenings and weekends coaching cadets in a range of different subjects including fieldcraft, map reading and sports activities among others.

In 2012 Shaun moved to live in Mountsorrel so started to train in Loughborough instead. He explained: “Looking back to my teenage years, I could describe myself as a troubled teen but thanks to the guidance and discipline I experienced being an army cadet I was able to get onto a good path to follow.

“Volunteering as an adult volunteer in the ACF is something I had wanted to do for a long time, as I know how much I gained from being involved in the youth organisation as a young person myself. I decided it was time to get a worthwhile hobby a few years ago, and I can honestly say that I have got so much out of the experience along the way. I’ve had good fun as well as making new friends and I’m proud of receiving my Queen’s Commission to be an ACF Officer late last year, as this was a personal goal I wanted to reach.”

Now volunteering in LNR ACF’s F Squadron Headquarters in Coalville, Shaun has been appointed as Training Officer meaning he organises a variety of activity weekends for cadets as well as ensuring other adult volunteers are up-to-date with their training needs.

He continued: “It’s really rewarding to know that you are having a positive impact on young people’s lives by teaching them life skills such as self-discipline, whilst improving their confidence in taking part in new activities and meeting new people. If you are thinking about volunteering, I would encourage you to find out more about joining the ACF as there are lots of opportunities available and you can specialise in particular roles like being a First Aid Officer or being in charge of organising adventurous training.”

To find out more about joining LNR ACF visit www.armycadets.com/moretolife or call 0116 277 9701.

“Volunteering as an adult volunteer in the ACF is something I had wanted to do for a long time, as I know how much I gained from being involved in the youth organisation as a young person myself."