Volunteer appeal to help air cadets

Cadet Holly Oliver
Cadet Holly Oliver

An urgent appeal for adult volunteers is being made to ensure the future of Scarborough’s Air Cadets Squadron.

The 739 Scarborough Squadron is one of 28 across Central and East Yorkshire Wing requiring support to ensure youngster can continue to enjoy being in the cadets.

Volunteers are needed across cadet activities including weekend camps, adventurous training and parade evenings, in addition to earning qualifications and awards.

Scarborough Cadet Holly Oliver, 17, from Burniston, said: “Becoming a cadet in the Air Training Corps has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.

“It’s great for making new friends, developing skills and enjoying experiences that many other people my age rarely get the chance to do.

“But we struggle to be able to do many of the activities available to us when we haven’t enough adult volunteers.

Sue Balmford, adult volunteer and Officer Commanding at the detachment, added: “Being an Adult Instructor is enormously rewarding and a great privilege.

“Besides having the opportunity to play a role in the development of young people, it’s also a terrific way to take part in a range of exciting military-orientated pursuits, from training weekends and summer camp holidays, to white-water rafting, rock climbing, and of course flying and gliding. I’d recommend to anyone looking to help young people, and to do something different, to please get in touch.”

No military background is required – just energy, enthusiasm and a sense of humour. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an adult volunteer, call (01347) 847425, or visit www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/vacancies.