Aged 20-65? Volunteer as a member of Adult Staff!
The Air Cadet Organisation provides volunteering opportunities as instructors, mentors and helpers for our 41,000 cadets. Gain new skills, practical training and valuable experience. You do not need a military background and we will provide all the training you require.
For many adults, volunteering with the Air Cadets can be an excellent way of gaining new skills or developing talents and knowledge that you already have. Working alongside other adults at your squadron, you will develop teamwork and leadership skills in a whole new environment. Sometimes this can even lead to a career change or a promotion. Simply by helping run cadet activities, you can earn yourself a range of respected vocational qualifications, of real value in today's workplace.
You will have a chance to try out all the activities on offer to cadets and may choose to specialise in a particular area. Much of our training in specialist subjects can lead to fully-accredited qualifications through organisations like St John Ambulance, Mountain Leader Training England, and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.
For most people taking part in volunteering projects is about 'giving something back', socialising and making new friends, or getting to know the local community. Others enjoy feeling like a valued member of a team, finding a worthwhile hobby that gives them quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle, or knowing they are making a difference to the lives of young people.
A recent survey of cadet force adult volunteers gave some interesting results:
99.7% said volunteering had improved their ability to help develop young people
98.8% said it had improved their ability to help others
91.9% said it was important in making them feel part of the community
86.7% said it helped them develop interpersonal skills
86% said it helped them develop organisational skills
84% feel it has given them better job prospects.
But as any one of our thousands of adults will tell you, it is watching the cadets grow and develop, and knowing that you have helped them along the way, which is the most rewarding part of being in the Air Cadets.
If you can give up one or two evenings a week and want to do something productive and exciting with your free time, this could be exactly what you are looking for. Why not give it a try? What are you waiting for? Contact us today!