Air Cadets recruiting 30 new adult volunteers
Youngsters aged 13 - 20 years, many living in socially deprived areas of South West and West Wales, are enjoying learning new skills and developing into socially responsible adults.
Wg. Cdr. Mike Stones, who heads No3 Welsh Wing of the Air Cadets, has made his priority to concentrate on succession planning by recruiting additional adult volunteer staff, who will be the future leaders of this organisation that celebrates its 72nd anniversary this year.
Ably supported by a Wing Executive Committee headed by Andrew Maund, Mike looks to 2013 to be the year in which many more adults step forward to volunteer as prospective leaders. No prior training is needed as the Air Cadet Organisation has arrangements in place to teach and train its future leaders.
With a need for around 30 new adult volunteers in the next year the Wing will be able then to recruit up to 200 more youngsters between the ages of 13 and 17 years, who will benefit from the world class opportunities provided.
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Mike says, "No3 Welsh Wing is the organisation of choice for young people and adults who seek venture, adventure, fun, opportunities and challenges, and not least the chance to develop new skills. Air cadets from across the region receive training and gain the BTEC certificate in aviation studies and take part in adventure training activities both in Wales and Europe. Each year several teams of cadets take part in the annual Nijmegen Marches in The Netherlands and there is normally an annual exercise to the Normandy Beaches. This year the Wing is also sending a group of 35 cadets to Gibraltar to gain their PADI open water diving certificates. All cadets get flying and gliding experience too. We take part in the annual Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and the bi-annual Swansea air show is a major event in our calendar. The Wing also arranges annual sports and adventure training activities between squadrons, and cadets get the chance to represent the Wales and West Region and to go on to represent the Corps at national level."
The Air Cadet Organisation is a nationally organised charity with local squadrons based in most towns and cities in UK. Some squadrons are based overseas. Adult staff are all volunteers and the squadrons' civilian committees, which manage the organisation's non-public funds, are made up of local people who help raise funds and oversee the welfare arrangements for the cadets.
No3 Welsh Wing of the Air Cadets has its headquarters at The Grange in West Cross in Swansea, and plays a vital role recruiting and training the adult staff of the 24 units in South West and West Wales. Mike Stones' message is that anyone wishing to find out more about the Air Cadets should phone the Wing headquarters of the Air Cadets in Swansea on 01792 405912 or by going into our web site at URL: http://www.aircadets-3ww.org.uk .