The Air Cadet media communications team at 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps has recently completed the production of a new DVD entitled Celebrating Volunteering Success in the Midlands . The film commissioned by the Midlands regional office of the Duke of Edinburgh's, Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme provides an insight into the activities and achievements of Millennium Volunteers throughout the region.

Phil Brown and Lynn Wilkes the Midlands co-ordinators for the Duke of Edinburgh's Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme visited the Nuneaton Squadron headquarters for the formal handover of the first production batch of DVD's.

Flt Lt Paul Hincks of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron presents the Midlands co-ordinators for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme, Phil Brown and Lynn Wilkes with the schemes new ‘Celebrating Volunteering Success in the Midlands’ DVD.

Phil Brown said, “Paul Hincks and his team at 121 Squadron have produced a very professional DVD which features the MV project activities of a wide range of different organisations from across the whole of the Midlands region. The DVD, which is designed to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of young people, aged 16-24 in the voluntary sector, will now be used throughout the region as a celebration of the success of volunteering under the MV banner over the past 6 years. I would like to thank Paul and everyone else who has contributed to the success of the project”.

As Midlands Region co-ordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Phil Brown has provided invaluable support for the Air Cadet Organisation; the largest provider of D of E awards in the UK . As a boy, Phil, like many of the young Air Cadets in the Nuneaton Squadron hoped to join the RAF as a pilot, but unfortunately for the RAF he was distracted by the world of athletics. However, the RAF's loss was UK athletics' gain. He went on to win medals in a host of major athletics championships, including a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics and numerous Commonwealth and European gold medals.

Phil Brown and Lynn Wilkes also used the opportunity to present the Nuneaton Squadron with its 6000 hours certificate of achievement for voluntary activities within the community under the Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks the Squadrons Media Communications Officer said, “This has been a really interesting project to work on. We've had quite a lot of experience in promoting the Air Cadet organisation but during the production of this short film we've been given an insight into a much wider view of the activities of other voluntary groups within the Award Scheme. We've had to step well outside our normal scope of activity but I think we have managed to capture the true spirit behind the Millennium Volunteers, what the young people who have taken part in projects have done for others and the personal rewards and experience they have gained as volunteers. This DVD is a celebration of the success of the Millennium Volunteers scheme, which ceases at end of March 2007, but I hope that this DVD will inspire anyone who sees it to take part in some form of voluntary activity.


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