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. 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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Check out what these Yorkshire university students have been up to!Covid-19 may have prevented them taking part in an in...
04/09/2020

Check out what these Yorkshire university students have been up to!

Covid-19 may have prevented them taking part in an international exercise in the Netherlands this summer, but students with Yorkshire Officer Training Regiment (OTR) have been out and about for some socially-distanced training closer to home.

“Learning weapons skills is one if things I enjoy most about being with the OTR, so it’s nice that we’re having these few days out together on the ranges,” said Alice Wilkinson, aged 19, from London, who is about to start her second year of a psychology degree at the University of York.

Alice is one of 35 students from universities across Yorkshire who were among the first of two groups taking part in the training exercise, held over two separate sessions over in September.

“The good thing about being in the OTR is that you get to know people that you might never come across otherwise and you really do make friends for life,” said Jessica Jones, aged 22, from Berkshire, who is about to start her third year of a business management degree at the University of York.

“I’m happy to be back doing things again with the OTR now that lockdown has eased. I’m thinking of going into the Army when I graduate so this is a great chance for me to find out what it would be like.”

To find out more about joining the Yorkshire Officer Training Regiment, contact:

For Leeds, York and Hull universities:

Leeds UOTC: Capt Richard Booth (PSAO)

[email protected]

01904 668631

For Sheffield universities:

Sheffield UOTC: Capt Sam Rodgers (PSAO)

[email protected]

0114 2526315/6/7

The RFCA has said a fond farewell to our outgoing deputy chief executive Jeremy Bleasdale who has retired after 14 years...
02/09/2020

The RFCA has said a fond farewell to our outgoing deputy chief executive Jeremy Bleasdale who has retired after 14 years with us.

Jeremy made an outstanding contribution to every area of the RFCA’s activity. But his first love has always been his work supporting the cadet units across the region.

In particular, he raised considerable funds for the Yorkshire Cadet Trust so that now no cadet need ever miss out on any opportunities that come to them through membership of a cadet unit because of financial worries.

Jeremy has been succeeded by Wayne Pledger who joins the RFCA following his retirement from the Army in July.

Congratulations to our new reservists ⬇️
18/08/2020

Congratulations to our new reservists ⬇️

Although many of us are on leave or are #workingfromhome, we offer a warm welcome to Pte Nepali and Pte Godlington who have completed their Phase 1 British Army Reserve, Basic Training at ATR Grantham. Enjoy your time with #4YORKS gentlemen! Army in the North RFCA Yorkshire and The Humber 4th Infantry Brigade

03/08/2020

We're delighted to share the news that 17 employers in our region are to be awarded an UK Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award!

They have been recognised for their support for the nation's armed forces community. The winning companies are:

Adler & Allan
Associated British Ports Humber
Askham Bryan College
Beyond Housing UK
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
ERS Medical
Hambleton District Council
Humberside Police
Jellybean Consultancy
London North Eastern Railway
Morrisons
NG Bailey
Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber Foundation Trust
Scarborough Borough Council
Sheffield Mind
South Yorkshire Police
Wakefield Council

Very well done to all! 👏👏#ERSSilver2020

Learn more about the scheme ⬇️
http://ow.ly/DaQd50AN7LQ

Congratulations to East Riding College and York St John University who have today won the country's highest national hon...
30/07/2020

Congratulations to East Riding College and York St John University who have today won the country's highest national honour for their support for Britain's Armed Forces.

They are to receive a Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme 👏👏

Learn more about the scheme ⬇️
http://ow.ly/ZF7x50ALk9H

A big shout out to North Yorkshire County Council, Barnsley Council and North Lincolnshire Council who have today won th...
30/07/2020

A big shout out to North Yorkshire County Council, Barnsley Council and North Lincolnshire Council who have today won the country's highest honour for its support for the armed forces.

They will each receive a Gold Award in the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Many congratulations! 👏 #GoldERS20

Learn more about the scheme ⬇️
http://ow.ly/EpVy50AL7pi

We've never been more grateful to the NHS and today we are proud to announce our #GoldERS2020 winners.Huge congratulatio...
30/07/2020

We've never been more grateful to the NHS and today we are proud to announce our #GoldERS2020 winners.

Huge congratulations to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who have won a Gold Award in the MOD's Employer Recognition Scheme for their support for the armed forces community 👏 👏

NHS Employers Supporting the Armed Forces in the NHS Health Service Journal

New Gold Award record for our region! Congratulations to all 127 #GoldERS2020 winners. We are especially proud of the 8 ...
30/07/2020

New Gold Award record for our region!

Congratulations to all 127 #GoldERS2020 winners. We are especially proud of the 8 companies being awarded from Yorkshire and the Humber - our best ever regional record.

They have each won a Gold Award for their support to the military in the MOD's Employer Recognition Scheme 👏

Learn more about the scheme ⬇️
http://ow.ly/nx7v50AL6wg

24/07/2020
Scarborough Sea Cadets

Scarborough Sea Cadets

This evening BBC Radio York interviewed our very own XO, SLt G Davies.

Listen to the video below as he talks about the units time in lockdown, virtual training and the return of activities!!

#WhatWeDo #TeamBoro #ReturnToBoating

🎥 Reservists from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment help transform the lives of some of the region’s most disadvantag...
13/07/2020
Inside The Wetherby Young Offender Institution's Cadet Programme

🎥 Reservists from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment help transform the lives of
some of the region’s most disadvantaged youths by running a cadet unit at Wetherby Young Offenders Institution.

A really powerful, short video that’s definitely worth watching to see the difference our reservists can make.

Located at the Wetherby Young Offenders Institute in West Yorkshire, the Wetherby cadet programme is the only cadet unit to take place behind bars - made up of males aged 15 to 18. We were granted special access inside the facility.

10/07/2020
Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force

Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force

B Company's PSS, Capt Clark, has been taking part in '25 for 25', a challenge designed to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly within the military family.
For the past 23 days, on his own page, he has posted a video of himself doing 25 press-ups in different locations around York. Today, Day 24, he came back to Duncombe Barracks and, for this, his second-last day, his B Company family were there to help him through. Well done to everyone, but particularly Capt Clark, for highlighting such an important issue.
👏👏👏 #Toinspiretoachieve #armycadetforce

Meet Yorkshire (North and West) ACF’s new cadet executive officer Tom Woodall.Tom has been in the Strensall-based post s...
07/07/2020

Meet Yorkshire (North and West) ACF’s new cadet executive officer Tom Woodall.

Tom has been in the Strensall-based post since the end of April and already has his sights on introducing changes to the way things are done.

First on his list is the introduction of a new finance system that will make it easier for parents to pay online for things like annual camps, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and other expenses.

The Parentpay system is common in schools and familiar to parents. So the aim is to adapt it to meet the needs of cadet units.

Father-of-two Tom is a retired Army officer who first joined the military as a junior soldier training at Harrogate Army Foundation College.

After a career spanning 27 years, spent largely in Germany and Wiltshire, he is now happily settled in Yorkshire.

He said: “I’m employed by the RFCA to play an enabling role for the ACF and to work in the background with our professional support staff to make sure all the adult volunteers have what they need to deliver a fantastic experience for cadets.”

Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force

There’s a new sports officer at Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force - and she’s helping cadets keep active a...
06/07/2020

There’s a new sports officer at Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force - and she’s helping cadets keep active at home.

Liz Millard was commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant last autumn and is studying for a sports degree at Hull University with the aim of becoming a PE teacher.

Since her appointment as sports officer, she has been setting cadets weekly challenges to keep them motivated while they still need to stay at home.

As well as uploading keep-fit videos, Liz’s challenges for cadets have included:

➡️ Climbing the height of Big Ben with trips upstairs
➡️ Doing 25 press-ups a day for 25 days
➡️Bouncing a ball on a frying pan as many times as you can.

“It’s great to be able to keep our cadets involved and give them a new focus each week,” she said.

“For many of us, it’s not the best of times so it’s good to be able to achieve small challenges together.”

Official Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force

Army Cadet Sports

#sport #challenge #acf #cadets #armycadets #youth

Are you a #Reservist going back to your day job after a period of active duty? You may be eligible for support under the...
01/07/2020
Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for government support schemes

Are you a #Reservist going back to your day job after a period of active duty?

You may be eligible for support under the Coronavirus job retention or self employment income support scheme 👇

http://ow.ly/XN8P50AmIe7

Military reservists will be able to access the government’s self employment scheme and those returning to work in the coming months will be eligible for the job retention scheme, the Chancellor announced today (15 June).

On #ArmedForcesDay we are thinking of all our serving personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets and military families.Than...
27/06/2020

On #ArmedForcesDay we are thinking of all our serving personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets and military families.

Thank you.

#SaluteOurForces

26/06/2020

To mark Cadets Day, award-winning Yorkshire cadet Zoe explains why she loves being in Yorkshire (North and West) Army Cadet Force 🎉🎉

Official Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force
Army Cadets UK
Yorks Comms
The Yorkshire Regiment

#armycadets #cadets #youth #thingstodo #getactive #girl #SaluteOurForces #ArmedForcesWeek

20-year-old Army reservist Lewis Hall has just completed a three-month deployment operating Covid-19 mobile testing unit...
24/06/2020

20-year-old Army reservist Lewis Hall has just completed a three-month deployment operating Covid-19 mobile testing units across West Yorkshire and the North East.

And while he did all that, he still managed to keep up his biomedicine studies at the University of Huddersfield. In fact, he got great grades in his end-of-year exams as well as winning a military commendation.

Today he’s been answering questions on our Instagram and Facebook stories.

Check out what he has to say ⬆️⬆️⬆️

#saluteourforces
#reservesday

@huddersfielduni
@yorksregt
@britisharmy

24/06/2020

📽️"There's no greater thing in this life than to serve. And for me it's been the Reserves and having the chance to serve my country."

- Tree surgeon Craig Purs on why he values being in 299 Parachute Squadron, the Royal Engineers in Wakefield.

#ReservesDay
#SaluteOurForces
#ArmedForcesWeek

22/06/2020

🎥 She has three life-saving roles - and does an amazing job at all of them.

So, this Armed Forces Week, who better to showcase the contribution of Yorkshire’s 2,400 reservists than Filey’s Vanessa Thomas?

She combines being an air ambulance paramedic and member of her town’s lifeboat crew with military service for the British Army.

And recently she’s even been on deployment to Kenya where she’s been helping to train the Kenyan Army.

335 Medical Evacuation Regiment British Army RNLI Scarborough Borough Council Scarborough Sixth Form College

#ArmedForcesWeek
#SaluteOurForces

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Royal Navy Reservist?To help us mark the start of Armed Forces Week, Leeds-based le...
21/06/2020

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Royal Navy Reservist?

To help us mark the start of Armed Forces Week, Leeds-based leading hand Sian Lewis has agreed to answer questions about her experiences of being in the Royal Navy Reserve.

Go to our stories to listen to what she has to say and don’t forget to send in your questions. She’ll be answering them on here tomorrow evening.

#saluteourforces
#reservesday
#royalnavy
Royal Navy Royal Naval Reserve

Ever wondered what it’s like being a Royal Naval Reservist?Well, here’s Sian Lewis, a Leading Hand in the Royal Naval Re...
19/06/2020

Ever wondered what it’s like being a Royal Naval Reservist?

Well, here’s Sian Lewis, a Leading Hand in the Royal Naval Reserve, and she’s going to be around on our Instagram and Facebook stories on Monday to answer your questions.

Sian combines her role in the Navy with a full-time career as photographer and videographer in civvy street.

She loves the fact she can enjoy the best of both the military and civilian worlds and will be able to give you chapter and verse of what being a reservist involves.

We’ve invited her to join us as part of our online events to mark Armed Forces Week.

Hope you can join us too!

#SaluteOurForces
#RoyalNavy
#RoyalNavalReserve
#ArmedForcesWeek
#ReservesDay

Armed Forces Week gets under way on Monday and it's everyone's chance to show their support for the wider military famil...
19/06/2020

Armed Forces Week gets under way on Monday and it's everyone's chance to show their support for the wider military family.

Normally, Armed Forces Week would be packed full with lots of brilliant live events culminating in a national day of parades and celebration - which was due to be in Scarborough in 2020.

However, this year it's all going online and you can find ways to support it at ➡️ http://ow.ly/PfvJ50Ab4yZ

Here at the RFCA, we'll be marking the occasion too.

✅ Monday - We'll have reservist Sian Lewis from Leeds taking your questions on Instagram and Facebook stories about what it's like to be in the Royal Navy Reserves.

✅Wednesday - Army Reservist Lewis Hall - also from Leeds - will be on Instagram and Facebook stories answering questions about what it's like to combine being in the reserves with being a top-grade student at University Of Huddersfield.

✅Also on Wednesday - We'll be doing a virtual Armed Forces Covenant signing with businesses around Yorkshire and the Humber pledging to support our military.

✅ Friday - we're hoping to get an RAF reservist to answer questions too.

#SaluteOurForces

17/06/2020

One week to go until #ReservesDay 2020!

This is a chance to recognise the contribution of the nation's reservists and #SaluteOurForces!

Many of the public events have been cancelled but there are still ways to get involved 👇
http://ow.ly/reC550A96Zv

Meet some of the fantastic reservists who have been helping to fight Covid-19 across Yorkshire, the Humber and the North...
16/06/2020

Meet some of the fantastic reservists who have been helping to fight Covid-19 across Yorkshire, the Humber and the North East.

They are among the 150 reserve soldiers from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who have been operating mobile testing units in the region for the past three months.

And today they got a special thank you from honorary colonel of the regiment, the RFCA’s chief executive Jason Wright, at a small, socially-distanced event at Huddersfield Drill Hall.

In the group picture, from left to right are:

➡️Private Paul Bailey, aged 23, from Sheffield, who joined the reserves while studying biochemistry at Sheffield University and was working as a roofer when he was mobilised to join the Covid-19 response in April.

➡️ Private ‘Lucky’ Singh, aged 28, from Leeds, who has been a reservist for three years and returned from a gap year travelling the world to support the initiative.

➡️ Private Lewis Hall, aged 20, who has just finished his first year studying bio-medicine at Huddersfield University.

➡️ Corporal Martin Richard, aged 56, a single dad and property manager from Sheffield.

Also among the pictures is Second Lieutenant John Stubbs, aged 20, who is due to graduate from Sheffield University this summer.

Well done and than you to all of the reservists from 4YORKS who did such an invaluable job 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

#reservists #covid19 #supportingthenhs

The countdown is on until #ArmedForcesWeek 2020! This is a chance for the nation to celebrate our armed forces and the r...
16/06/2020

The countdown is on until #ArmedForcesWeek 2020!
This is a chance for the nation to celebrate our armed forces and the role they play in the community and overseas.

Although many public events have been cancelled you can still show your support from your home ⬇️
http://ow.ly/mio950A8QCh

Employers big and small are being invited to sign the armed forces covenant – a public pledge to treat reserves and vete...
12/06/2020

Employers big and small are being invited to sign the armed forces covenant – a public pledge to treat reserves and veterans fairly.

Following the success of their first virtual joint covenant signing ceremony – the first in the UK - RFCA for Yorkshire and The Humber and the North of England RFCA are joining forces once again to host a second!

If you would like to pledge your support and sign up to take part in this fantastic live event contact:
[email protected]

Learn more about the covenant ⬇️
http://ow.ly/k5Nz50A5TFT

***NEW VACANCY*** Volunteer Army Cadets National Sergeant Major Instructor.Do you have full knowledge of and past experi...
08/06/2020

***NEW VACANCY***
Volunteer Army Cadets National Sergeant Major Instructor.

Do you have full knowledge of and past experience in the Army Cadet Force?

This new national volunteer role will play a key part in representing the non-commissioned adult volunteer voice at all levels of the Army Cadets UK.

Click below for full details ⬇️
http://ow.ly/u8NT50A1GdS

During #VolunteersWeek we’re saying a big thank you to our cadet force adult volunteers and profiling some of the outsta...
04/06/2020

During #VolunteersWeek we’re saying a big thank you to our cadet force adult volunteers and profiling some of the outstanding people who are the beating heart of the cadet forces in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Today it’s the turn of hospital worker Kal Singh who helps transform the lives of young people in his community through his role as a cadet force adult volunteer with Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force (ACF).

“It’s great to be able to give something back and to be able to offer our cadets opportunities that they would never get otherwise,” said Kal, a former soldier who helps run Ashby Detachment of the ACF in Scunthorpe.

“I began volunteering five years ago because I missed a lot of the activities you do when you’re in the Armed Forces – such as map-reading, fieldcraft and running.

“Just seeing the sheer enjoyment of the cadets when they learn something new is a reward in itself. It’s good to be able to give them a hand and encourage them along the way.”

Kal, who is responsible for maintenance at Scunthorpe District Hospital, devotes two evenings a week to his cadet unit – as well as running weekends away and annual camps.

For more info about volunteering with the cadets go to the ‘Volunteer’ highlight ⬆️

There you’ll find all the contact details you need for the Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Cadets in the region 💪🏽

📷 Throwback picture from Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF’s annual camp in Strensall last year.

Address

20 St George's Place
York
YO24 1DS

General information

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.

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

01904 623081

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