Adult Volunteering

While we have a number  adult-volunteers-a4-2007of volunteers which make up the staff of 2397 Squadron we are always looking for more. Without adult volunteers we wouldn’t be able to take part in all the amazing activities we do in the ATC.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds with a passion for encouraging and helping cadets achieve more than they thought they could do. Your help could range from helping to transport cadets to and from events to becoming a full commissioned officer in the Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch) of the RAF. Full uniformed commissioned and non-commissioned officers run all aspects of a squadron – all are volunteers and most started out as Civilian Instructors. You don’t need to be ex-RAF or have any armed services background. You do however need to be 20 years or older and you will be subjected to CRB clearance checks.

The main thing we need is enthusiasm to help out. Here’s a list of the kinds of skills that would be helpful – but don’t feel this list limits what you can offer:

  • Sports – field games, athletics, swimming etc.
  • Adventure training – walking both lowland and on mountains – with navigation skills, climbing, sailing, canoeing etc.
  • Aviation interests – a passion and interest in aviation helps.
  • Leadership, personal development and self-confidence building.
  • Aero-modelling – static and flying.
  • General organisational skills.
  • Fund raising.
  • Your time.

We meet twice a week and there are activities at weekends, and during the summer there are week-long camps. You decide how much of your time you can offer, there is no ‘minimum hours’ for civilian instructors and you don’t have to be there every parade night – though turning up regularly will help share the load with other staff.

For further information, or to register your interest, feel free to contact us. Or, visit the Air Cadets Adult Volunteering page.