Age 17, Blackpool and Fylde
I used to be in the Army Cadets until I moved house, which unfortunately meant I had to stop. But what was the first thing I did when I got to my new town? I joined the National Volunteer Police Cadets! It’s through them that I’ve learnt so many new skills. For example, I’m now trained in first aid and in the past month alone, I’ve had to use my first aid knowledge twice.
I also help sell poppies for the Royal British Legion on Remembrance Day, participate in community action days, and attend crime prevention workshops. Being a Police Cadet has really shown me how important it is to feel connected to your local community. Recently, I spent time with the other Police Cadets at a local homeless shelter, providing food, clothing, and chatting to the residents.
This is now my second year of Police Cadets and I’ve recently applied to be a Cadet Sergeant. It’s also given me the confidence I needed to become an NUS Student Union Governor at my college – something I don’t think I’d have had the courage to do before. Now, I can’t imagine my life without social action in it!