Yesterday seven cadets from 3 Troop Royal Engineers (Airdrie), attended Sky Academy in Livingston, representing the Army Cadet Force, to be a part of a nationwide #iwill campaign second anniversary event.
The event, held in Livingston, was the Scottish component of events taking place in each of the home nations. The cadets arrived in the morning and along with other young people from YWCA, Youth Bank Scotland and LGBT Scotland, produced their own professional news report about the aims of the #iwill campaign.
SSI Cammy Green was given the job of introducing the Scottish event during the live feed to the rest of the UK. Cadet Sergeant David Murray and Lance Corporal Jessica Simpson were also both interviewed as part of the VT package being put together to be shown across the country at all of the events, which was headed up by the London event, where HRH The Prince of Wales was in attendance. You can view the video here.
The Scottish event was attended by senior figures in the Scottish Parliament, emergency services, youth organisations and charities that help and support young people.
Detachment Commander of 3 Troop, SSI Green said:
“ It was a fantastic event and it was great to be able to bring along some of my cadets to be a part of it. It’s been a worthwhile day for them as they’ve been able to meet other young people from different youth organisations and moved out of their comfort zones. The skills we work towards building in our cadets are identical to those of the Skills Studios initiative, and both Sgt Murray and LCpl Simpson looked both chuffed and a bit embarrassed at being part of the broadcast for Scotland, especially as the Prince of Wales was watching”.
#iwill is a UK wide campaign supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and the main political parties aiming to increase the number of young people involved in activity that makes a difference to their community, society or environment. This includes volunteering, mentoring, campaigning, fundraising and more.
#iwill aims to build on the significant number of young people aged 10-20 already volunteering and encourage as many young people as possible to get involved, whatever their background, giving their time, effort and skills to make the change they want to see in their communities. It also recognises the role of older volunteers in creating the opportunities and support for youth volunteering.