Are you interested in youth engagement work? Would you like the opportunity to volunteer in the service of your community? Are you aged 18 or above?
We are recruiting Volunteer Police Cadet Leaders in Bradford (Keighley), Kirklees (Huddersfield & Batley/Dewsbury) and Leeds (all areas).
What is the Volunteer Police Cadets scheme?
The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) scheme is a nationally recognised uniformed youth group.
West Yorkshire Police runs a VPC scheme for the 13-17 age group. The scheme is a youth inclusion and engagement initiative, which encourages young people to develop new skills and improve their self-esteem and self-confidence in the service of the communities of West Yorkshire.
The cadets follow a 2 year programme which is linked to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Each year of the programme runs from October to July during school term time for approximately 34 weeks.
Cadet units meets once a week at a local school or a community venue to learn about different aspects of policing, take part in weekly drill sessions and develop their teamwork skills.
The cadets also carry out social action volunteering projects in the local community.
What do Cadet Leaders do?
Our VPC scheme could not run without the help and support of our dedicated team of Cadet Leaders.
Cadet Leaders help to:
– Run the cadet unit and supervise the weekly unit meetings
– Supervise volunteering activities
– Deliver and/or assist with training and activities
– Support the cadets to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, including supervising the cadets on the overnight camping expeditions
Most importantly, all our Cadet Leaders are positive role models for the cadets and are committed to changing the lives of young people.
Previous experience (such as youth engagement work, sports coaching qualifications, drill, first aid, teaching and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme) or previous knowledge of policing would be an advantage.
Ideally, we are looking for applicants who can commit to volunteering on a regular basis (2-3 hours a week) for at least 12 months.