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The Birmingham & Warwickshire Wing Air Cadets aim to promote and encourage an interest in aviation and the RAF among children aged 13-17. They provide training that would be useful in both Service as well as civilian life and foster a spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
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Volunteers help Air Cadets aged 13-17 and assist in the running of a wide variety of activities. These might include adventurous training, shooting, DofE Award, training and education, sports, parade and drill, music, STEM, leadership or first aid
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There are a number of squadrons in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Click here to find the nearest to you:
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This varies dependent on your interests and personal commitments. Committee members may do as little as 2 hours a month, whereas uniformed RAFAC commissioned officers are expected to do >12hrs a month....and there are roles for everything in between.
Typically squadrons parade on two weekday evenings from 19:00-21:30 but some one weekday evening and a Sunday morning 09:00-12:30. This will depend on which squadron a volunteer is linked to.
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Open to those aged 20 and upwards. No prior military experience required, just enthusiasm and commitment. Anyone who works with children must be willing to undergo a DBS check.
All kinds of people make up the volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. If you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as flying or gliding, this would be particularly welcome. These aren't essential though, as they will train and support you at every stage.
There are some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. You needn't be an athlete, but a good level of physical fitness also helps to ensure you can keep up with the cadets!
Being well organised is essential, ideally with good managerial and administrative skills, along an ability to listen to problems and deal with them tactfully and appropriately.
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A full induction will be provided which covers health and safety, cadet welfare, duty of care and first aid.
There are multiple training opportunities available once a part of the Air Cadets e.g. leadership; various adventure training qualifications from Mountain Leader to paddle sports; health and safety and risk assessments; more comprehensive first aid
More details can be found here: https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/the-hangar/staff-resources/adult-volunteer-training/
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This is an external opportunity
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Warwick Volunteers cannot be held responsible for external volunteering opportunities advertised, but we do make every effort to ensure that all the information we publish is accurate. We advise volunteers to use their own judgement when selecting potential opportunities, and to check all details concerning prospective volunteering activity with the organisation involved. Please make sure that you have received all necessary training and information regarding your own health and safety before commencing volunteering.
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How to get involved
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To volunteer find a local squadron then register your interest using the links on the website.
This is an external project Warwick Volunteers does not have any involvement with the management of these activities.
[Photos courtesy of Birmingham & Warwickshire Wing Air Cadets]
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Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Air Cadets