Civilian Assistants

Become a civilian assistant

*It is really easy to join, you don’t have to wear uniform or do military training and you can just help out in the local detachment or attend weekends*

Summary of volunteering opportunities:

This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to make a difference to the life of young people in your local community.

As a Civilian Assistant (CA) with Kent ACF, you are volunteering to support our instructors to help Cadets learn new skills, overcome fears or difficulties and become responsible citizens.

As a CA you’ll also have the chance to develop your own strengths such as leadership skills, team building and confidence – and apply the knowledge and experience gained in your personal life or profession to help young people succeed.

  • No previous experience is necessary as full training is given.
  • The normal commitment is one or two evenings a week and you can attend weekends if you want to
  • This is ideally suited to anyone with spare time on their hands that wants to make a difference
  • We’re also looking for parents of current Cadets (why drop them off and do a round trip when you can stay and help out)
  • People with first aid and other skills such as administration, book keeping etc

We’d welcome ex-forces, any of the uniformed services such as police, fire, paramedics etc.

Previous military experience is not required but would help!

Travel expenses paid.


For many adults, volunteering with Kent ACF is an excellent way of gaining new skills or developing talents and knowledge that they already have.

You will have a chance to try out all the activities on offer to cadets and may choose to specialise in a particular area.

CAs can give valuable help in specialist subjects or in providing administrative and organisational assistance at a Detachment during training evenings and weekends.

CAs may apply to become an ACF Adult Instructor but are not otherwise required to join Kent ACF as a member.


CAs are not members of the ACF but are invited, on the authority of the Cadet Commandant, either to instruct cadets or to assist at a Detachment or on an activity in an instructional or an administrative role.

CAs do not wear uniform, but will be given organisational polo shirts in lieu. You will be required to have a DBS check and you will need to attend a Kent ACF run Familiarisation & Administration Weekend at the Cadet Training Centre, Folkestone, where you will receive mandatory child safeguarding training and your suitability confirmed.


To become a CA in Kent ACF you need to be a British or Commonwealth citizen aged between 18 and 60 years old. Ideally you should have a full UK driving licence and we are particular interested in those who hold D1 (minibus) on their licence, but this is not essential.

About the ACF

The ACF is a youth organisation offering young people between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to have fun, adventure and make friends whilst learning – sailing and kayaking, shooting, field craft, rock-climbing, hill walking, mountain biking and much more. They also contribute to their local communities by helping with worthwhile projects. None of this could happen without the supervision and guidance of the men and women who are their Adult Instructors who are in turn supported by CAs.

Application Process:

If you are interested in taking up this worthwhile voluntary work with young people then the first thing to do is contact the County Headquarters administration staff via one of the following communication means and they will put you in touch with a Detachment near to your home or civilian work location:

Click here for our list of Detachments throughout Kent.

Telephone: 01622 750 328 for more info or register your interest here.

Features: Training provided

Categories: Children and Families, Education and Literacy, Sports/Recreation and Leisure, Marketing / PR and Media, Caring

Job Type: Part time Volunteer

Skills Support offered: ✓ Induction ✓ Mentoring/buddying Volunteers will be carrying out the activities: ✓ With other volunteers

Training provided: full training ✓ Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check ✓