Our Cadets have been out celebrating Christmas with their friends and leaders from across the force. These amazing young people give up their free time to help people feel safe and be safe.
Ask any of our Cadets why they do it and they will tell you because they enjoy helping people, but also because they gain new friends, skills and confidence.
As the New Year approaches, you may be considering trying something new, something challenging and exciting.
We have 250 Cadets, 70 leaders and 9 units around the force area, all dedicating their free time to the constabulary.
Helen Hayes, 16, joined the Cadets in November 2012 with our first intake. Helen has enjoyed supporting at events such as Glastonbury Festival where she was part of the high visibility patrols ensuring public safety.
She had to escort the ambulance crew, clearing a path through the crowds to the pyramid stage, where a member of the public had collapsed.
She said; “I was always interested in joining.
I am very shy and being a Cadet has given me so much confidence.
You have to engage with the public.
"Being a Cadet gives you great work prospects and great things to talk about in interviews"
I can talk to a five year old and a 75 year old, it has improved my communication skills and I feel proud that I am able to help people.”
During the floods on the Somerset Levels, Helen was there every day throughout half term helping people to rebuild their homes, and she was taking her GCSE’s at the time.
Helen received a Gold Commanders award for her support with the flooding. The Street and Taunton Cadets won silver awards.
Adelle Fiederle, 21, is a Cadet Leader. She is also in the A&S apprenticeship scheme in business and admin. She looks after all new Cadets, handles admin and finance and organises survival weekends. She organised a PGL weekend for 20 Cadets at Sconner Down in Cornwall for a realistic missing persons exercise.
She said: “It’s a fantastic role you get to meet so many people. I have seen so many grow into huge characters. The missing person event was an amazing experience - the cold tests people and so does getting up at the crack of dawn.”
Mark Bell, scheme leader for Taunton has been with the unit since opening in November 2012. He said: “I have seen new Cadets grow in confidence and build great friendships. Being part of a unit gives you such a great experience and skills which look good on any CV.
"These young people have dedicated thousands of hours to the community and are an inspiration to us all.”
We have units on the following locations; Bath, South Glos, Henbury, Hartcliffe, Speedwell, Portishead, Churchill, Street and Taunton.
If you are interested in making new friends, learning exciting new skills and think the Cadet life may be for you - Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
We look forward to hearing from you very soon!