Norfolk RFCA hosts County Joint Cadet Committee

The Norfolk Joint Cadet Committee (NJCC) coalesces all the cadet organisations operating in Norfolk, including for the first time this year, the Norfolk Fire & Rescue Services Cadets & Norfolk Police Cadets Representatives.

Some of the outcomes and insights from the county Youth meeting will be shared at the regional level, at the bi-annual RFCA Joint Cadet Committee meeting. Norfolk at this time is the only county in the region with its own county-level JCC.

The aim of the meeting is to share best practice ideas and agree mutually beneficial opportunities to support each other with logistics, access to ranges, access to residential accommodation, specialist training, recruiting adult volunteers etc.. in order to enhance the cadet experiences in the county.

The meeting was held at the Cadet Training Centre in Thetford on the Suffolk-Norfolk border. The training centre includes overnight accommodation for cadets and a fully equipped kitchen and dining hall, firing range and multiple classrooms plus nearby grounds for Adventurous Training and Fieldcraft. Thetford CTC is maintained by East Anglia RFCA with funding from the Ministry of Defence for the Army Cadets and the Air Cadets. Other cadet units include School-linked Combined Cadet Forces, the Sea Cadet Corps, and the Police and Fire & Recue Cadet units. These other cadet premises can, if not in use by cadet units having priority, be booked for training, thus maximising the use of the premises. The NJCC have an online calendar showing CTC availability, so units looking for a suitable venue for training can quickly ascertain if CTC Thetford is bookable.

The group also discusses upcoming events, key engagement opportunities with civic leaders such as the lieutenancy, and administration matters. The group will meet again next year, continue to work collaboratively in the meantime, and some of its members will meet again at the RFCA Norfolk forum meeting, chaired by Col Tim Allen OBE.

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