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January 9th 2017

Volunteers are needed in Derbyshire

Derbyshire ACF advertising campaign begins today

Cadets from Derbyshire ACF on a recent overseas visit

An advertising campaign is set to begin in Derbyshire to encourage new adult volunteers to join the Army Cadet Force (ACF).

Derbyshire ACF is looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in working with young people to join them, no specific skills or prior military knowledge are needed.

The advertising campaign will run from 9 January for four weeks across Derbyshire including both bus and radio advertisements, encouraging local people to find out more about what the ACF has to offer.

The county’s current volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and have a range of different interests, with many being surprised to initially learn of the extra skills and qualifications available to them.

The ACF currently has over 40,000 cadets across the UK, with each detachment typically including 15 to 25 young people, being supported by a number of adult volunteers.

New volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside experienced personnel to develop team-working, and leadership skills in a new environment, as well as getting the chance to run and organise cadet activities locally.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Doyle, a senior adult volunteer and a Deputy Commandant of Derbyshire ACF, said: “There is so much on offer through the ACF for people who want to get out there and develop new skills and meet new people. I’ve met lots of new friends through the ACF over the years, as well as getting the chance to try out new activities alongside the cadets.

“The ACF is based around fun, action and adventure but there is also the chance to complete specialist training courses that may be recognised in your civilian job relating to First Aid, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or other more sporting subjects like canoeing or rifle shooting.”

On joining the ACF both cadets and adult volunteers are encouraged to learn more, do more and try more. The organisation aims to inspire individuals to aim high, challenge themselves and reach their goals in life.

Chris, who in his day-job works as a project manager, continued:  “We are sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Defence but no experience is needed for new starters to make a difference in their community, everything you may need to know will be learnt ‘on-the-job’.

“I’ve been involved with the cadets for over 22 years, and during that time have helped hundreds of young people to improve their confidence and try new things. To see a shy 12-year-old maturing into a young adult and knowing you may have made a difference in that person’s life is amazing.”

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

“There is so much on offer through the ACF for people who want to get out there and develop new skills and meet new people. I’ve met lots of new friends through the ACF over the years, as well as getting the chance to try out new activities alongside the cadets."