1359 (Beeston) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets

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As you may already be aware the Royal Air Force Air Cadets are a charitable organisation that relies heavily on donations from outside sources. Much of the finance that come our way is raised by our civilian committee who work very hard to organise events that cadets can take part in to raise money for our squadron. There are also ways that, you, the parents and guardians of cadets can help raise money for our squadron.

One of the ways that you can help is very simple. It requires no work from yourselves or any money to be donated by yourselves but the reward to the squadron can be highly lucrative.

An organisation called Easyfundraising has arranged with a large number of retailers so that each time a purchase is made from that organisation a donation of up to 10% of the purchase price paid is donated to the squadron.

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If you would like to help raise funds for 1359 squadron, pop along to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk and create an account. Once this is done you can then choose which cause you want to support. We are 1359 Squadron ACO. Then you can go shopping and help us to increase our funds from your own front room.

If you don’t do much or any online shopping you can still raise money by creating an account and setting your search page as http://1359sqn.easysearch.org.uk. Once this has been done, every search you make on the internet using this site you will raise .5pence for the squadron. Again, completely free of charge to yourself. And its as good as Google.

Try it and see how much you can raise for us to help pay for our equipment and activities.

Civilian Committees

As well as the obvious military element, there is also an allied civilian structure that effectively acts as the backbone of the organisation. Civilian Committees determine the running of the ATC from squadron level through to representation on the Air Defence Council. Each squadron has one, comprised of parents and friends, its role being to assist the squadron’s Commanding Officer, raise funds and ensure the squadron maintains direction.


Many parents and friends get a great deal of enjoyment and fun out of assisting 'their' squadrons as members of the Civilian Committee. Committees meet to their own timetable, usually once-a-month, under the direction of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Our squadron Civilian Committee will be very pleased to accept offers of extra help - even if you can't commit to regular or long term assistance.



Join as an adult volunteer

Over 20? Seeking a new challenge? Would you like to develop skills, leadership qualities and gain qualifications too?

At Air Cadets, we constantly assess our past achievements, implement changes to meet the challenges of today and make plans for the future. And a huge part of that planning is you. As the backbone of our organisation we're always on the look out for high-calibre individuals to become volunteers, helping to run the activities that play such an important role in the lives of our young members.

All kinds of people make up our volunteer staff, coming from a range of backgrounds and interests. Obviously if you have direct experience of working with young people, or any relevant skills such as flying or gliding, you would be particularly welcome. These aren't essential though, as we will train and support you at every stage.

That said, you'll have some personal qualities that are essential, such as patience, maturity and responsibility along with an understanding of young people and their needs. You needn't be an athlete, but a good level of physical fitness also helps to ensure you can keep up with the cadets!

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