An Army Cadet Force officer says volunteering has allowed her to spend more time with her daughter and is urging others to consider a role with the force.
Detachment commander LT Clare Wookey, 43, joined the Army Cadet Force in Bourne as an adult volunteer about five years ago – the same time her daughter, Kayleigh Adams, now aged 17 years, decided to become a cadet.
Clare, who works as an education commissioner at Peterborough City Council, said: “I was a cadet a long time ago but decided to join the youth organisation as an adult volunteer to help give something back to the community.
“It was a real plus point that my daughter decided to join up at the same time meaning we could share our hobby together.”
Since Clare was commissioned as an officer she has become Bourne’s detachment commander.
She has encouraged cadets to take part in adventure training activities that they may never have otherwise got an opportunity to take part in.
Clare added: “Encouraging young people to experience new sports and activities is great as you really do see a change in individuals as their confidence grows.
“Being an Army Cadet Force officer is about being a positive role model for young people and fellow adult volunteers.”
Clare had the chance to take a group of three other adult volunteers and four cadets on a challenge to swim across the English Channel last summer.
Kayleigh, Clare’s daughter, is now coming towards the end of her cadet career but Clare has no plans to step down from her role.
Clare said: “I would encourage other parents to consider volunteering in the same way I have.”
To find out more about becoming an Army Cadet Force call 01522 528109 or visit armycadets.com/county/lincolnshire-acf/w