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February 2nd 2017

Healthcare Assistant encourages people to volunteer

A Healthcare Assistant who works at The Royal Derby Hospital is encouraging local people to volunteer in their free time and join the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Adult volunteer Probationary Instructor Fern Marie Denner, aged 21, leads cadet activities at Derbyshire ACF’s Phoenix Street Detachment and believes that the knowledge she has developed through the youth organisation has allowed her to pursue a medical-based career.

Originally joining Derbyshire ACF as a cadet then returning to the youth organisation as an adult volunteer, Fern believes she has developed a range of transferable skills that have enabled her to become the person she is today.

Fern, who lives in Sandiacre, explained: “I have developed lots of transferable skills through the ACF. I can happily be a leader at work, I have the confidence to work as part of a team and my volunteering role has helped me to improve my self-confidence. As an adult volunteer with the ACF I have completed First Aid courses, which helped me to get my current job within the NHS.”

When Fern applied for her job as a Healthcare Assistant, the First Aid courses she had passed and the other experiences she had undertaken through the ACF were looked upon favourably.

Fern continued: “Being a part of the ACF has been really beneficial to me as a person. The courses I have attended have been added onto my CV, and I always feel that I am putting my free time to good use. I’ve grown up in the Cadet Force environment and have found all of my now fellow adult volunteers to be really supportive of me, my development and have allowed me to experience loads of new and exciting things I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. For example I got to have a go in a Chinook Helicopter a while ago, which was great fun.”

Volunteering with the ACF has also allowed Fern to achieve a BTEC in Public Services. Fern explained: “Working within the community with the cadets has been fantastic, that combined with my First Aid skills and my BTEC qualification have all helped me to get into university. I am hoping to train as a Paramedic, and believe it was really the confidence I gained through the ACF that pushed me to follow my ambition.”

Being an adult volunteer in the ACF allows you to try out all of the activities that are open to the cadets, and if you are passionate about a particular subject such as tug of war or First Aid you can work towards qualifications in these areas allowing you to pass on your knowledge and expertise to others.

Fern concluded: “The ACF can be fitted around your other commitments. I don’t have lots of spare time, but because I enjoy volunteering and have made friends through the organisation I make sure I attend a training evening once per week. It’s a great organisation to be a part of, and I would encourage anyone looking for a new challenge in 2017 to find out more about the ACF or visit their local detachment.”

To become an adult volunteer in the ACF you do not need any military or teaching experience as everything can be learnt after you apply.

Derbyshire ACF has detachments across the county including Derby, Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Buxton, Glossop, Ilkeston, New Mills, Matlock and Chapel-En-Le Frith.

To find out more about volunteering in your area with the ACF contact 01332 772025 ext. 21 or email em-der-ao1@rfca.mod.uk

Further details about joining the ACF can also be found by visiting armycadets.com/adventure

“Being a part of the ACF has been really beneficial to me as a person. The courses I have attended have been added onto my CV, and I always feel that I am putting my free time to good use. I’ve grown up in the Cadet Force environment and have found all of my now fellow adult volunteers to be really supportive of me, my development and have allowed me to experience loads of new and exciting things I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise. For example I got to have a go in a Chinook Helicopter a while ago, which was great fun.”