• Claire, Marketing Officer

GAVO Cash 4 U Grant - 210 Squadron RAF Air Cadets get kitted out

210 Squadron RAF Air Cadets received £1,226.88 from the Cash 4 U Grant to purchase equipment to enable cadets to volunteer to host and support public events. They also required equipment to assist them in achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Alex Anderson – one of our Youth Led Panel Members & Diana Award Winner recently visited the 210 Squadron RAF Air Cadets, of his visit he said,

"They were conducting a radio exercise when I visited. The exercise used the radios which the grant has funded and the cadets really enjoyed the activity which included air craft recognition and deciphering code which needed to be shared between different radio teams to complete the task. They were all wearing grant funded high vis shirts for health and safety as well as groups being issued grant funded hand torches and head torches for when the visibility worsened. As well as this, they also carried around a grant funded first aid kit for health and safety purposes.

My personal view is that they are fully utilising the equipment and it has benefited the number of cadets on the squadron as I have seen a dramatic improvement since my last visit. I did also see their brand new grant funded rucksacks but they haven’t had chance to use them yet as they are keeping them in packets until the Duke of Edinburgh Award season start so cadets can achieve their respective awards. They also told me that they plan to use the rucksacks in community engagement activities.

I am satisfied that they have used the grant funding effectively to provide more opportunities to cadets and also to improve the community through positive community engagement."

As Volunteering Officers, it’s great to see that our Youth Led Panel and the Volunteering Wales Cash 4 U grant money is being used so effectively to benefit both young people and the wider community. Keep a look out for next year’s funding and information on how to apply…!