10th January 2017
South Downs College Combined Cadet Force initiative has been working in the local community to support fundraising activities, such as the installation of defibrillator machines into disused phone boxes to improve access to life saving equipment. They have also been working with Pompey in the Community and the National Citizen Service, undertaking social action projects.
The Combined Cadet Force was formed in 2015 as part of the new Cadet Expansion Programme. Interest in the scheme was overwhelming when 175 young people signed up in just over a month.
Last summer South Downs College was approached by PCSO Alex McDonald to help raise funds to support the placement of defibrillator machines in disused phone boxes in a local housing area near the College. The Cadets decided on three projects: a football competition, a cake sale and a marathon in the College gym, raising over £200 towards the machines.
The Combined Cadet Force at South Downs College has had a successful beginning in their aim of giving back something to the community. This is underpinned by the commitment of its adult volunteers, who have played a major role in allowing the staff to support the Cadets.
Lee Hunt MBE, Director of Curriculum at South Downs College said:
“Without the support of the Cadet Expansion Programme, the Combined Cadet Force Association and Youth United, the Cadets would not have been able to tackle the challenges these projects gave them and would have missed out on some great life experiences”.
South Downs College CCF has been nominated for a social action award by the Army Cadet Force.