There are CCF contingents in over 350 secondary schools all over the UK, offering young people a broad range of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. Our aim is to enable the development of personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline.
Each CCF is an educational partnership between the school and the Ministry of Defence, and a CCF may include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections. Currently maintained school like the UTC, are being actively encouraged to take part.
UTC students who choose to take part in our RAF Cadet section develop confidence, responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance, and a sense of service to the community. It further develops their interests in aviation through air experience flights, and offers opportunities for action and adventure, sports and getting to know people.
The RAF provides most of the resources, training expertise for each CCF RAF unit, and in the UTC cadets will meet throughout term time as part of their enrichment study. In the school holidays they’ll have the chance to attend annual camp at a RAF base to experience RAF life up close.
UTC Heathrow, Combined Cadet Force Project Receives a cash boost From Heathrow Community Fund.
A community project set up to provide equipment to allow Air Cadets to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award has received a £2,470.92 grant from Heathrow Community Fund. The donation has come through a scheme specially designed to support airport staff who volunteer in their community. The project will allow cadets and students from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete the DofE without the worries of having to purchase the equipment. The organisation was awarded the donation under the Heathrow Community Fund’s Heathrow Active People Initiative (HAPi), run in partnership with Heathrow Airport. The scheme is specially designed to help Heathrow staff support voluntary groups and clubs they’re actively involved with. Colleagues can apply for grants of up to £2,500 from a total annual grant pot of £50,000.
Daniel Kelly who works at Heathrow Airport for the Aircraft Operations Unit has been the commanding officer with the Combined Cadet Forces (RAF) Air Cadet Unit based at UTC Heathrow for the past two years. Daniel has volunteered with the UTC Heathrow RAF Air Cadets for the past 2 years, spending approximately 24 hours each week running the unit and planning a range of activities. Daniel said: “This is a great boost to the cadet unit and to the cadets in general. The Air Cadets are like a big family and this grant will benefit all.” Heathrow Community Fund is part of an independent grant making charity set up by Heathrow to support and Strengthen local communities close to the airport.
In the past two years it has donated more than £1 million through its three main grant programmes, the HAPi scheme and staff Matched Funding programme, funding projects to support young people, help protect the environment and support active local communities. Funds come from an annual donation from the airport, fines imposed on aircraft that breach noise limits.
More information about the fund and how to apply for grants is available on the website: www.heathrow.com/communityfund