March 7th 2016

Former intern encourages local people to join youth organisation

Sergeant Instructor Sammie Carter

A recent photography graduate who volunteers with the Army Cadet Force (ACF) is encouraging anyone with a passion for learning to join the youth organisation.

Sergeant Instructor Sammie Carter, aged 23, originally joined the ACF in Somerset as a cadet, before moving to Leicestershire to attend De Montfort University and going on to become an adult volunteer with Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland ACF.

Having just completed a full time internship at her former university, Sammie, who lives in Leicester, is now launching her freelance photography and videography business.

However, in her free time Sammie volunteers at two different ACF detachments, Ulverscroft Road Detachment to teach cadets to play a range of musical instruments and Brentwood Road Detachment where she helps to lead other more general ACF lessons such as drill and turn out.

Sammie explained: “Music has always been a passion of mine, so to be able to pass this on to the cadets is great. I play the bugle, flute and side drum and am a member of the LNR ACF Corps of Drums. I had the opportunity to take part in a battlefield tour last year alongside Nottinghamshire ACF where we had the chance to play our instruments at Menin Gate in Ypres.”

No musical skills are needed to join one of the ACF music groups, Sammie continued: “Many of our cadets start to learn to play instruments from scratch, so it’s fantastic to see them developing week on week and becoming more enthusiastic about what they have learnt so far.

“There are lots of good opportunities for adult instructors to develop with the ACF too, learning transferable skills such as leadership or working towards qualifications in adventurous training, First Aid, expeditions and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. I fit my volunteering commitments around my day job as I enjoy attending my detachment each week and have met lots of new friends through my experiences.”

To find out more about volunteering with LNR ACF as an adult volunteer visit or call 0116 277 9701.

“Music has always been a passion of mine, so to be able to pass this on to the cadets is great."