|Participants in the Duke Of
Edinburgh's Millennium Volunteer (MV) scheme at 121 Squadron have
recently been awarded a certificate of achievement for clocking 2000
hours of voluntary work within the community.
The scheme, which provides nationally recognised accreditation
has been running at the squadron for two and a half years and is
designed to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of young people,
aged 16-24 in the voluntary sector. There are many benefits to the
Millennium Volunteer scheme. The scheme helps participants to gain
training and experience in their chosen field of voluntary work
it provides an excellent framework for personal development, participants
join a nationwide team of well motivated and trained volunteers
and participants also develop the volunteering they already do.
There are 2 awards that can be achieved; for 100 hours service
volunteers receive an MV certificate, and for 200 hours service
volunteers receive an MV award of excellence, an enamel MV badge,
and a cloth badge, the latter of which cadets are certified to wear
on their uniform.
So far 11 volunteers have gained the MV award of excellence, these
Plt Off Ben Pinner
AWO Steve Anderson
CI Nathan Hart
FS Beth Slade
FS Rob Kelley
FS Chris Higgin
Cpl Steve Morgan
Cpl Craig Holland,
Cdt Nick Hammond
Cdt Richard Farr
The Squadron also has six other volunteers involved in the scheme
who are all well on their way to achieving their MV award of excellence.
A volunteer can start to clock up their hours as soon as they are
sixteen and have been registered. By being involved with the Air
Training Corps the volunteers at the squadron have a considerable
advantage over their civilian counterparts as any volunteering undertaken
with the ATC accrues hours. This is particularly advantageous as
the squadron parades twice weekly and also has many "out of
hours" practices varying from band practice to field gun training!
Volunteers at the squadron soon find that they have clocked up hours
faster than they may realise!
The commitment and enthusiasm by the Millennium Volunteers at 121
squadron has been exemplary and has indeed set a precedence for
the volunteers who are currently involved in the scheme and the
volunteers of the future.
Article Submitted by:-
CI Nathan Hart
121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Millennium Volunteer (MV) scheme co-ordinator