Not all of our volunteers are uniformed instructors. Across the County, vital work is being performed by our Non-Uniformed Volunteers (NUVs) who perform duties such as fundraising, accounting, store-keeping and supervising. In many cases, their contributions make it possible for their Detachments to run. Cambridgeshire ACF is appealing for more NUVs to join them in performing this work which is proving so essential to delivering our training to cadets.
NUVs complete a short training course which includes an introduction to the organisation and safeguarding, and must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure they are suitable to work with young people. They will usually need to attend a Detachment evening once a week, and no previous experience is necessary.
Lindsay Trotter is an NUV at Ramsay Detachment, which she joined three years ago, after her daughter (now a Cdt Staff Sgt) Jessica Trotter had joined us. She said: ‘Jessica had learned lots of useful things and grown in confidence. Lesley (Colonel Deacon) had put a message out appealing for help. I wanted to have the chance to see Cadets from the other side, rather than just hearing about it from my daughter.’