RFCA Yorkshire and The Humber

RFCA Yorkshire and The Humber Promoting the well-being and interests of the Reserves and Cadets in Yorkshire and The Humber The Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Yorkshire & The Humber is an independent, community-based organisation with the responsibility of advising and assisting the Defence Council on issues concerning the 2,970 reservists and more than 8,000 cadets in the region.
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With its headquarters in York, the RFCA helps to promote and support the Reserve Forces and Cadets across the region, and by harnessing the extensive knowledge and experience of its membership, works to build relationships and increase understanding between military and civilian communities.

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Sometimes it’s the little acts of care that make the difference. So this #mothersday we would like thank all our cadet f...
14/03/2021

Sometimes it’s the little acts of care that make the difference.

So this #mothersday we would like thank all our cadet force adult volunteers and reserves who are also mothers, aunties, sisters or caring mentors to those around them.

Happy Mothering Sunday 💐

Newly returned from Covid-testing in Manchester, Yorkshire RAF reserve Ben Massey is set for another deployment.The 29-y...
11/03/2021

Newly returned from Covid-testing in Manchester, Yorkshire RAF reserve Ben Massey is set for another deployment.

The 29-year-old aerospace engineering graduate from Leeming, was one of three reserves from RAF Leeming’s 609 Squadron that were part of a 41-strong contingent from the RAF carrying out mass Covid testing in the North West throughout February.

Now he has volunteered to be deployed again, and this time his role will be to provide air transport security at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

“I run my own business so I can devote more time to the reserves that many of my colleagues who have traditional full time jobs in addition to their military commitments,” said Ben, who has been with the RAF reserves for nearly five years.

While at Teeside University, Ben set up Stratobooster, a space launch engineering company based in Middlesborough.

As well as serving in in the military police, he also volunteers his time to RAF Leeming’s innovation hub, RAFX, which runs short projects aimed at introducing innovations and improvements to the station.

#RAF #RAFreserves #aerospace #innovation

His contribution to the hub was recognised recently by a commendation from the Royal Aeronautical Society after he was recommended for the award by senior officers at RAF Leeming.

“The reserves has given me lots of opportunities,” said Ben.

“I enjoy working alongside people whose jobs and backgrounds in the civilian world are so different to mine. It’s given me a chance to develop skills, meet new people and explore new career possibilities.”

Today on International Women's Day we'd like to give a special shout-out to female reservists, cadets and cadet adult vo...
08/03/2021

Today on International Women's Day we'd like to give a special shout-out to female reservists, cadets and cadet adult volunteers who all contribute so much to the military family.

To get access to a world of fantastic opportunities, find a unit near you ⬇️
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#IWD2021 #InternationalWomensDay #cadets #cadetvolunteers #reserves #volunteer

**NEW JOB VACANCY*** We're looking for a Head of Estates to join our team in #York. Click for further information and ho...
01/03/2021

**NEW JOB VACANCY*** We're looking for a Head of Estates to join our team in #York.

Click for further information and how to apply ⬇️⬇️
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Yorkshire reservists braving sub-zero temperatures as they undergo two weeks hardcore training as part of Exercise Yorks...
11/02/2021

Yorkshire reservists braving sub-zero temperatures as they undergo two weeks hardcore training as part of Exercise Yorkshire Strike.

The soldiers are from 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment and they are currently training in Cumbria where many of them are taking part in courses aiming to prepare them for future promotions.

Reservists combine civilian jobs and lives with full-on roles in the military which they do in their spare time.

https://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/reserves-brave-freezing-temperatures-to-hone-their-skills-on-exercise/

The Yorkshire Regiment

Great to see our Royal Naval Reserve from HMS Ceres Leeds doing such valuable work to support the COVID-19 effort 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
08/02/2021

Great to see our Royal Naval Reserve from HMS Ceres Leeds doing such valuable work to support the COVID-19 effort 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Royal Marines from RMR Merseyside and sailors from HMS Ceres in Leeds are among Maritime Reserve personnel mobilised to help the fight against Covid.

A 12-strong naval team is embedded with the British Army in the borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, carrying out tests for those most in need.

http://ow.ly/PkJs50Dudfo

Is Yorkshire’s Ryan Shippey the fastest ever to qualify as a fully trained reserve soldier?He began his application to j...
08/02/2021

Is Yorkshire’s Ryan Shippey the fastest ever to qualify as a fully trained reserve soldier?

He began his application to join the Army reserves as the nation teetered on the brink of its first Covid-19 lockdown.

Now, less than a year later, McDonald’s worker Ryan Shippey of Barnsley is celebrating after completing back-to-back training that means he is today one of the Yorkshire Regiment’s newest, fully-qualified infanteers.

“I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all gone,” said Ryan, aged 31, who is pictured right with Captain Mally Birkett looking on.

“The support and encouragement I’ve had has been brilliant. Things have been harder because of the pandemic but they’ve done everything possible to get me onto all my courses as quickly as they could.”

Ryan is based at 4 YORKS – the Yorkshire Regiment’s reserve battalion – at Fontenay Barracks, Barnsley, where Captain Birkett said he had never seen a reserve soldier pass through the full training programme as quickly before.

“Ryan signed up with us in September after passing the Army’s selection and I can honestly say the speed with which he has completed all his training to become a fully-qualified infantry soldier is unprecedented,” he said.

More➡️ https://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/reserve-ryan-become-fastest-ever-to-qualify-despite-covid/

The Yorkshire Regiment
4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment
The Star, Sheffield
Barnsley Chronicle
British Army

As the Royal Air Force Air Cadets celebrates its 80th birthday, please say hello to Yorkshire teen Emily Richards who is...
05/02/2021

As the Royal Air Force Air Cadets celebrates its 80th birthday, please say hello to Yorkshire teen Emily Richards who is one of the historic youth organisation’s newest recruits.

Thirteen-year-old Emily from Huddersfield joined 868 (Mirfield) Squadron just before Christmas and is now a regular at its virtual parade nights.

“My older brother used to be an air cadet and I was looking for something to do to bring a bit of variety and social interaction into my routine,” said Emily, who is in Year 8 of Heckmondwike Grammar School.

“When things get back to in-person activities, I’m looking forward to doing some practical activities. But for now I’m really enjoying all the talks and online events we have. It gives me a break from social media and is different from all the schoolwork I’m doing.”

As well as the cadets, Emily does judo and enjoys playing video games. She hopes to be an architect when she grows up.

➡️ If you like the idea of joining the cadets, there is a unit near you. Go to the link in our bio and search ‘Find a Unit’.

Heckmondwike Grammar School

🎂🎉 Happy 80th birthday to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and congratulations on continuing to inspire yet another genera...
05/02/2021

🎂🎉 Happy 80th birthday to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets and congratulations on continuing to inspire yet another generation of fantastic new cadets like Yorkshire teen Katie Ashford - even during lockdown!

In fact, for Katie, lockdown has been the perfect time to spread her wings and sign up to the Air Cadets.

“It may seem a slightly strange thing to do at a time like this,” said Katie, aged 15, from Mirfield.

“But I was coming to the end of my time with the Guides and joining the cadets was a natural next step.

“So far it’s been all online. There’s been quizzes which are a lot of fun and talks given by some really interesting people about space and satellites – things I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do.

“I’m looking forward to finally meeting the other cadets in person sometime soon. I really want to make the most of all the things the cadets has to offer, especially flying an aeroplane. But in the meantime I’m happy to make the most of what’s available now.”

Katie, who is in Year 10 at Rishworth School, Calderdale, is with 868 (Mirfield) Squadron.

Katie’s Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell, said: “Our adult volunteers and instructor cadets put a lot of effort into providing great activities for our cadets to do online during this lockdown period, so it’s great to see new cadets joining us so they will be very much part of the squadron by the time we return to in-person training.”

▶️if you want to find out more about joining one of the many cadet units across Yorkshire and the Humber, go to https://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/find-a-unit/
South & West Yorkshire Wing
Royal Air Force Air Cadets
Rishworth School

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, we’ve been meeting (virtually) some of the organisation’...
04/02/2021

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, we’ve been meeting (virtually) some of the organisation’s newest cadets who joined a squadron during lockdown.

First up is aspiring pilot, 12-year-old Mya Larder, from Kirkburton, Huddersfield.

She’s enjoying all that her local unit, 868 (Mirfield) Squadron, has to offer – albeit virtually.

“We meet online once or twice a week and get to do things I would never get the chance of anywhere else,” said Mya who is a pupil at Kirkburton Middle School.

“We’ve had a tour of the Houses of Parliament, talks about in-flight safety and we’ve even learned about space which was really exciting.

“It will be a while before I get to meet anyone face-to-face but I know when I do I will be nervous but happy too.”

Mya is pictured wearing her uniform for the very first time.

“She’s dreamed of being a pilot since she was very small and being an Air Cadet is one step nearer for her,” said her mum Kirsti.

“She’s so keen on flying that we bought her a flying experience where she went up on a flight for her 10th and 11th birthdays.

“When she was ten, she even wrote to Richard Branson asking for tips on becoming a woman pilot.”

Mya’s Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell, said: “It’s great that young people are continuing to join the cadets during this lockdown period and it’s a tribute to the work of our adult volunteers and instructor cadets who put so much effort into providing engaging activities for our cadets to do online.

“Obviously, it will be fantastic for everyone when things finally get back to normal. But in the meantime we’re very much making the most of the opportunities online technologies offer our young people.”

▶️ To find a unit near you follow the link in our bio

Royal Air Force Air Cadets
South & West Yorkshire Wing

#Aircadets
#cadets
#thingstodo
#youth
#stem

NHS nurse Rachel Reynolds works on two frontlines.In her civilian job, she works as an accident and emergency nurse in h...
29/01/2021

NHS nurse Rachel Reynolds works on two frontlines.

In her civilian job, she works as an accident and emergency nurse in hospitals across Yorkshire.

As an Army Reserve she serves with Sheffield’s 212 Field Hospital where she’s a specialist trauma nurse.

It may seem like a lot to handle. But Major Reynolds reckons the roles go hand in hand and that military reserves like herself enjoy the best of both worlds.

Full story⬇️⬇️

https://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/case-study-army-medic-explains-how-her-roles-in-the-military-and-nhs-work-side-by-side/

You can also see the locations across the region
where medics of all types can serve as reserves.

When the first lockdown struck, Yorkshire cadet Rosie Nelson decided to do her bit to support her local community.First,...
27/01/2021

When the first lockdown struck, Yorkshire cadet Rosie Nelson decided to do her bit to support her local community.

First, she began offering well-being advice to her fellow Yorkshire (North and West) Army Cadet Force (ACF) cadets via her Malton detachment’s page.

Then she began making masks cadets for her family, friends and local care homes – before selling her home-made masks to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Rosie, who is pictured with some of her masks, was recognised by the ACF nationally with the award of its Gerrish Award for Outstanding Volunteering.

A spokesman said: “When the first Covid 19 lockdown started and the Army Cadet Force closed its doors it would have been so easy to just disengage and focus on something else until it was all over. Rosie, however, felt this was not for her as she wanted to do something to help the other cadets.

“From the onset of the pandemic Rosie has worked tirelessly for the good and benefit of her fellow cadets.

Cadet raising money

“She also felt that she wanted to do something practical to help out so she started making face masks. Initially she made them for family and friends but this soon moved on to her donating them to local care facilities eventually grew into a mini enterprise with Rosie now making and selling face masks to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

“All of the volunteering that she has done has been of Rosie’s own volition without any form of recompense either monetary or in form of kudos by gaining an award. She has done it simply because she “wanted to help”.”

#lockdown
#volunteer
#youth
#volunteering
#community
#cadet

26/01/2021
Veterans Awards

Great to see Yorkshire reservist Andrew Lawson of 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment is up for such a prestigious award. In his civilian life, Andrew is a project manager for FDM GROUP. ⬇️⬇️

Let's please welcome our final three in the Reservist of the Year Award category at the English, Veterans Awards. Sponsored by Mortgage Squared and in support of ABF The Soldiers' Charity West Midlands

Andrew Lawson FDM Group
Rochelle Gopee nhs.uk
Ryan Edwards

We look forward to celebrating your success at this year's awards.

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The bravery of Yorkshire cadet Alex Jeanguillaume who fought off a knife-wielding attacker has been recognised with the ...
22/01/2021

The bravery of Yorkshire cadet Alex Jeanguillaume who fought off a knife-wielding attacker has been recognised with the highest accolade it is possible for a young person to receive from the Royal Humane Society – its Presidents Award.

Alex Jeanguillaume, aged 16, pictured, is a cadet sergeant at Otley Detachment of Yorkshire (North and West) Army Cadet Force’s C Company.

She was with her friend Edwin Tosney in a park in the town when she was threatened by a man with a knife in the summer of 2019.

He ordered the teenagers to hand over their mobile phones, but they refused. When he motioned with a knife as if he was going to attack Edwin, Alex used her ju-jitsu skills to grab him and throw him to the ground.

Colonel Clint Riley, the Army Cadet Force’s Colonel Cadets, congratulated her for the award. He said:

“This is the greatest honour that the society can bestow on a young person. One award is made annually. Having read the circumstances behind the award and the incredible bravery shown by Cadet Sergeant Jeanguillaume in a very violent situation this is so well deserved. “

The Yorkshire Regiment
20/01/2021

The Yorkshire Regiment

Virtual training is becoming tpart of the new normal for 4th Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, British Army Reserve, but some things just have to take place in person. A warm #socialdistancing welcome to LCpl Davis (ex Royal Corps of Signals), attested into 11 Platoon, #4YORKS by Capt Robinson at Catterick Camp. RFCA Yorkshire and The Humber 4th Infantry Brigade #staysafe #STAYATHOME #yorkshire

Meet the reserve soldier at the heart of the North’s mass Covid -19 vaccination effort.Reservist Gerard Hardy is leading...
19/01/2021

Meet the reserve soldier at the heart of the North’s mass Covid -19 vaccination effort.

Reservist Gerard Hardy is leading a team delivering military support to underpin the roll-out of mass Covid-19 vaccination by the NHS across Yorkshire and the North East.

In his civilian life, Gerard is schools liaison manager for the RFCA for Yorkshire and the Humber.

But in his military career, he is a Major with The Royal Logistic Corps deployed to British Army’s Headquarters 1st (UK) Division, based in York. He has been mobilised in support of the national Covid-19 effort since last March and is currently lead military liaison officer for the vaccine taskforce in the region.

Gerard is pictured at York’s newly operating mass Covid-19 vaccination centre next to Tesco on the city’s Tadcaster Road.

“I head a team that includes 19 full-time regular Army medics and our role is logistics planning and supporting the mobilisation of new sites as vaccination centres,” he said.

“I’m the only Reservist on the team and one of my tasks is to deploy medics to plug any shortfalls the NHS may have in manpower. So, for example, we have a team doing Covid vaccinations in the North East and have been helping to prepare a site in York for the start of mass vaccinations.”
#covid_19
#vaccination
#massvaccination
#york
#reserve
#reservist
#nhs
#tesco
#britisharmy
The Royal Logistic Corps, 150 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps

Who are the Reservists - Army Reserve - Army Jobs
15/01/2021
Who are the Reservists - Army Reserve - Army Jobs

Who are the Reservists - Army Reserve - Army Jobs

The Army Reserve are soldiers and officers who serve alongside the regular Army in their spare time. They're paid for the time they spend serving, and are tr...

Meet Yorkshire sisters Hannah and Naomi Thornton who are making their mark as outstanding cadets in Sheffield.Both teens...
14/01/2021

Meet Yorkshire sisters Hannah and Naomi Thornton who are making their mark as outstanding cadets in Sheffield.

Both teens who come from Meersbrook worked hard to earn themselves a place in the prestigious Royal Marines Cadets.

And now Naomi, pictured right, has taken up her newest role as First Sea Lord Cadet for Eastern Area Sea Cadets 2021.

The 16-year-old Notre Dame High School, Sheffield, pupil was awarded the role in recognition of six years dedicated service to Sheffield Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets.

The highly coveted position is given to only six of the best cadets in the country each year.

Sheffield Sea Cadets
Navy Lookout

Full story ⬇️⬇️

https://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/top-role-for-sheffield-marine-cadet-naomi/

Nominations are open for HM Lord-Lieutenant Awards!It's time for unit commanders across the region to recommend outstand...
13/01/2021

Nominations are open for HM Lord-Lieutenant Awards!

It's time for unit commanders across the region to recommend outstanding reservists, cadet force adult volunteers or cadets for this prestigious award.

Full details ⬇️⬇️
https://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk/rfca/awards/

Official Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force
Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force
Eastern Area Sea Cadets
South & West Yorkshire Wing
Central & East Yorkshire Wing
The Yorkshire Regiment
299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers
150 Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps
Yorkshire Officers' Training Regiment YOTR
HMS Ceres
Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron

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The RFCA has a wide remit and day-to-day responsibilities can range from providing support to reservists’ employers, managing and maintaining the 150 reservist and cadet sites in the region, recruiting adult cadet instructors to liaising with a wide range of local communities, MPs and councils.

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Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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