Volunteering with Fire Cadets
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Volunteering with Fire Cadets

Making a difference to young people in your community

The Fire Cadets programme is delivered by volunteer firefighters, non-operational fire service staff and adults from the local community. 

There are a large number of different ways in which you can volunteer to help a Cadet Unit, from leading sessions, to being a role model and mentoring the young people or helping it the administration of the unit. 

What are the benefits of volunteering?

  • Make a difference to young people's lives by being a positive role model. You'll see how the young people grow, change and develop 
  • Feel proud of the difference young people make through social action in their community, with your support
  • Learn new skills and take part in a training programme - enhance your leadership, communication and teaching skills. Take part in a training programme which will allow you to deliver the Fire Cadets programme safely, effectively and professionally. Adding your new skills, training and development to your CV will increase your employability in the future 
  • Meet new people, make new friends and have fun along the way. Take part in community events, team building activities, unforgettable experiences and challenges

What experience and abilities do I need?

  • To be over the age of 18
  • Volunteers do not need to have previous Fire Service expereince, only an interest in helping young people achieve their best and reach their full potential
  • The desire to develop and maintain positive relationships with young people and be a positive role model is essential - previous experience of working with young people is not essential as training will be given 
  • Enthusiasm, energy and a sense of humour
  • Strong communication skills

Please note that all volunteers will need to have an Enhanced DBS check completed prior to being involved with our Cadet Units. 

What is the commitment?

Fire Cadets meet for 2 hours, one evening a week at a local fire station. Cadet units run during school term time only.

The commitment we are looking for from volunteers is:

  • A regular commitment to volunteer at the Cadets evening and the occasional weekend event, as part of a team rota. Volunteers are not expected to be there every week
  • To complete various training and induction courses to learn about safeguarding, professional boundaries, managing challenging behaviour, course content and delivery of the BTEC qualification and presentation skills
  • As a volunteer working with children and young people you will also be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check


Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Click here for our contact form or email fire.cadets@hantsfire.gov.uk for more information.