November 21st 2017

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force invite you to join them

Adult volunteer Karen Bulloch

Adult volunteer Karen Bulloch

Derbyshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) is inviting potential Cadet Force adult volunteers to visit them to find out more about joining the youth organisation.

An event will take place on 29 November from 7.15pm at the Army Reserve Centre on Sinfin Lane, Derby, DE24 9GL, and anyone who is interested in volunteering with young people in their spare time is welcome to come along.

The ACF’s current volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds, have different civilian careers and are a variety of ages. However, they all have a ‘can do’ attitude and an enthusiasm towards working with young people and organising activities.

Adult volunteer Paula Hickerman is a Sergeant Major Instructor with Derbyshire ACF and says it is a great feeling to see both cadets and adult volunteers develop as they progress in their ACF journey.

She explained: “We need new volunteers to join us who want to make a positive contribution to the lives of young people. I have been a part of the ACF for over 25 years and am currently responsible for the induction and training of new Cadet Force adult volunteers. There is evidence to suggest that the ACF makes young people more independent and confident in society, but this wouldn’t happen without the ongoing support of our team of willing volunteers.”

No experience is needed to volunteer with the ACF as training will be provided when you join. Activities undertaken by adult volunteers can range from fieldcraft and navigation to First Aid, as well as outdoor pursuits depending on the interests individuals have.

Derbyshire cadets using the climbing wall at summer camp

Derbyshire cadets using the climbing wall at summer camp

Mother-of-two Karen Bulloch volunteers at Long Eaton Detachment. She said: “I work for the NHS in my day job but decided to join the ACF when one of my children wanted to come along to the youth organisation when he was 12.

“I really enjoy taking part in Duke of Edinburgh weekends. Teaching First Aid is also one of my favourite things to do after completing the First Aid at Work course with the ACF.

“It gives you a real sense of achievement working with cadets from a variety of backgrounds and seeing them grow and transform from shy children into confident adults before they leave us at the age of 18.”

Derbyshire ACF has 32 detachments across the county including Buxton, Matlock, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chesterfield, Eckington, Creswell, Ilkeston, Draycott, Heanor and numerous in the Derby City area.

To find out more about volunteering in your area with the ACF contact 01332 772025 ext. 21, email or visit the open event on 29 November.

“We need new volunteers to join us who want to make a positive contribution to the lives of young people."