6 November 2012

On 20th October at the Outreach Conference 2012 Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF received an awarded for being the most outstanding ACF county participating in the ACF Outreach programme.

Pictured here eceiving the award from the new Patron of ACFA (Army Cadet Force Assocation) Outreach, Corporal Johnson Beharry VC, are Colonel David Hammond (left), Commandant of Dyfed & Glamorgan ACF and Captain Bobby Grey (right), County Project Officer based in Glamorgan Street, Swansea.

Colonel David Hammond said “Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF has helped over 1,700 disadvantaged youngsters taking part in 85 courses run to date to “Inspire to achieve” in a difficult and volatile area of the country that has suffered economic downturn and is still recovering”.

Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF Outreach consists of a four day course for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who are residents of South Wales. In partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf and South Wales Police, young people are referred onto the course who may be involved in offending behaviour, at risk of offending, disaffected and/or vulnerable to social exclusion.

The course is demanding and carried out at a robust pace starting with a briefing evening followed by a four-day adventure activity course. The combined skills and knowledge of staff in the partnership create an unusual mixture of challenge, support and self-discipline. Most young people completing the course agree that it allowed them an opportunity to change their lifestyle and that the structure and discipline were important.

Capt Bobby Grey was awarded for most outstanding individual for his services to the County Programme over the last seven years and said “I want to thank all the team involved for their dedicated support over the years, without a team effort neither awards would have been achieved.” He gave a special thank you to Major Ian McAuliffe and Captain David Williams from Company headquarters who had been instrumental in the leadership and management of the programme.

Photo: Corporal Johnson Beharry VC presenting award to Col David Hammond (left) and Capt Bobby Grey (right)