Police cadets take on new ‘bronze’ challenge

CAMPING, volunteering and expeditions are just some of the challenges that police cadets from East Lancashire will be undertaking as part of an award scheme aimed at developing their life and work skills, enabling them to fulfill their potential.

29 cadets from Accrington and the Ribble Valley have officially signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, which will involve undertaking tasks that support their police cadet duties in volunteering within the community, as well as helping them develop personally in other areas.

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The youngsters, aged between 13 and 17, are well underway with the volunteering element of the award, as they have been taking part in community-based activities, such as bag-packing in supermarkets, fundraising and helping at local events since they officially became cadets last September.

It will take around six months for each cadet to complete their bronze award and they are required complete four areas consisting of three months of volunteering; three months of learning a new skill, three months of a physical activity and an additional three months of one of the previous categories. They also have to complete two camping expeditions, one as a practice and one where they will be assessed.

Their first camping expedition is currently being planned to take place on Tuesday 27 May, in partnership with Accrington and Rossendale College and the Army Outreach Team at Fulwood Barracks, who have helped with organising the event. Here the cadets will learn about team work, survival skills and map reading, among other skills.

Emily B, a cadet from Hyndburn &Ribble Valley Cadets said: “We are all really excited about taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. We will be learning whilst getting an official accreditation and skills that we will be able to use for years to come.

“I am really looking forward to getting stuck into the activities, especially camping.”

Sgt Kathryn McIntyre, who is coordinating the cadet scheme in Accrington and the Ribble Valley, said “Our cadets are really developing their skills and I can already see such a positive difference in them personally since they started in September.

“I think each and every one of them that are undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh scheme are excellent candidates, especially as they have already done several hours of volunteering that can go towards their award. We hope that they will complete their bronze award by the summer, so that they can embark on their silver award if they choose to continue in September.”

The cadets are currently fundraising so that they can purchase equipment, such as tents, rucksacks and sleeping bags for their camping expedition.

Kath continued “If there are any local businesses out there who would like to donate any equipment to this great bunch of aspiring youngsters, we would be extremely helpful as these items will really help them towards learning new skills.

“If you would like to help, please contact me on 01254 393972.”

The Lancashire Police Cadet Scheme aims to provide teenagers aged 13 to 18 with the opportunity to develop their personal qualities and skills through a structured programme.

More information, including how to become a police cadet, is available at
www.lancashire.police.uk/about-us/recruitment/volunteer-police-cadets.

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