SNT are delighted to have ‘joined up’ with Stourbridge Army Cadets Force in a mutually beneficial informal association.
The Army Cadets based in Oldswinford have a very enthusiastic and well managed platoon who were struggling to find appropriate voluntary work to evidence the cadets aspirations in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme so SNT undertook to provide a platform on which to undertake some purposeful community work along the Stourbridge Canal Arm. After several meetings with representatives of the Cadet Force, primarily with Colour Sergeant Sophia Baker, arrangements blossomed with the Cadets playing a key role at the recent Open Weekend by having a big clear up before the event and then maintaining the site, keeping it “clean and tidy” over a busy weekend. The Chairman of SNT, David Caunt, has undertaken to write a letter to each cadet who helped over the weekend, thanking them for their valued contribution, thus providing vital evidence of their involvement in a major community event. The cadets also took centre stage at the Open Weekend by performing a march through Canal Street on each day – something that hasn’t been seen before !
SNT have also put the Cadets in touch with the Canal and River Trust with a view to them formally adopting the stretch of canal in order to take formal responsibility for its maintenance along the Canal Arm on a regular basis, doing the local community a great service, taking the strain off SNT volunteers and providing rich evidence for their Duke of Edinburgh applications – win / win !
SNT volunteers are supporting the cadets in return by supply of training bibs and exercise paraphernalia as well as making wooden drill ‘machine guns’ for them based on a rather complicated template as well as seeking more opportunities to put them in the spotlight.
We hope that this relationship will help the Cadets Force who aspire to develop young people aged 12 to 22, creating a disciplined yet enjoyable environment to hone their personal development as fine young people. We are sure that the Cadet Force will once again hit our News page in the very near future.