We are the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

We are the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

We are the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

We are the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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LORD-LIEUTENANTS’ AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S AWARDS 2024

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Celebrating outstanding achievements and dedicated service, these awards are recognised as laudatory honours throughout the Ministry of Defence.
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    We are the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association.

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    The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for the North West of England and the Isle of Man (NW RFCA) is the organisation which facilitates, supports and promotes the Reserve Forces of all three Armed Services and the three Cadet organisations in the region.

    NW RFCA supports Reservists of all three Services based in the North West of England and the Isle of Man. Alongside the regional Chains of Command and through the Association Membership, NW RFCA engages with local communities in the region to increase understanding of Reserve service and strengthen links with local units.

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    Reserves

    There are approximately 35,000 reservists in the UK. They come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs. These ordinary men and women are able to gain new skills and qualifications, as well as enjoy a great social life and plenty of opportunities for overseas travel and adventurous training.

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    Live Firing Notifications

    In accordance with Altcar Training Camp bye-laws and standing orders, the notification of live firing and dry training at Altcar Training Camp for May and June 2024 are available on the NW RFCA website.

    Cadets

    Established in 1860, the UK cadet movement is one of the oldest and most successful voluntary youth organisations in the world and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010.

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    Latest News

    Ministry of Defence grants 47 North West businesses the Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme
    June 3, 2024
    Forty seven organisations from across the North West of England have been awarded Silver under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their support to Defence and the wider Armed Forces community. The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to do the same. This includes employing serving and former
    Sea Cadets Sefton became the first Sea Cadet Unit to sign the Armed Forces Covenant
    May 24, 2024
    Sea Cadets Sefton have recently received their Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) from Jan Cox QVRM, REED Merseyside & Isle of Man for the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA). By signing the AFC, the Unit pledged their support to the Armed Forces. Inspired by the NW RFCA, they decided to be part of this collaborative and rewarding
    Hard FM Services Update
    December 12, 2023
    HARD FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE VOLUNTEER ESTATE TO BE DELIVERED BY THE MOD BUILT ESTATE CONTRACTS Following the conclusion of the Volunteer Estate Value for Money Study, it has been agreed that Hard Facilities Management services for the Volunteer Estate will in the future be delivered by the MOD Built Estate contracts. These contracts cover key maintenance work, repairs,
    Maryport and Solway Sea Cadets receive The King’s Award for Voluntary Service
    November 22, 2023
    Maryport and Solway Sea Cadets Unit have been awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award possible for a local voluntary group, the equivalent of an MBE. The hard-working and committed group of Sea Cadets volunteers, who are based in Maryport’s King Street, will receive the award crystal from the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mr Alexander Scott in summer.
    22 North West employers receive Gold for their support to Defence
    July 12, 2023
    193 companies across the UK – including 22 in the NW RFCA area – have received the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community. Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. The Defence
    Reserves Day flag raising event
    June 21, 2023
    On Reserves Day, we invited employers from across our region to join for us a flag raising event at Altcar Training Camp in Merseyside. Cadets from Merchant Taylors’ Schools, Crosby raised the flag to celebrate Armed Forces week and Reserves Day.   Following the flag raising, participants were invited to a guided tour of the camp by The Commandant, Lieutenant
    The Chair’s report 2023
    June 8, 2023
    We are delighted to present this year’s NW RFCA annual report, which is available to view. The report provides an comprehensive overview of the work we have done over the past 12 months to support the Reserve Forces and Cadet Organisations across the North West. The report is a testament to those who support Defence in their businesses, communities and
    Ministry of Defence grants 56 organisations and businesses the Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme.
    May 24, 2023
    Ministry of Defence grants 56 North West businesses the Silver Award under the Employer Recognition Scheme Fifty six organisations from across the North West of England have been awarded Silver under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their support to Defence and the wider Armed Forces community. The Employer Recognition Scheme was launched to reward employers who support
    Project Liverbird success in the MOD’s annual Sanctuary Awards
    March 23, 2023
    Since 1991, the Sanctuary Awards have been recognising outstanding sustainability and conservation efforts across the MOD. The awards celebrate group and individual-led projects that are benefiting sustainable development and helping to conserve the environment, natural resources and heritage across Defence’s UK and overseas estate. The award categories reflect the MOD’s sustainability agenda and our commitment to achieving the government’s environmental
    Battle of the Atlantic commemorative weekend
    March 9, 2023
    A three-day event will take place in Liverpool from 26 – 28 May 2023 mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, bringing together partners from across the city region and beyond. It will include guests from our armed forces allies and friends in the Commonwealth, Europe, and the USA. It is about celebrating and commemorating the bravery
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      Reserve Forces

      Royal Navy Reserves
      Royal Marines
      Army Reserves
      Royal Air Force

      Cadets

      Combined Cadet Force
      Sea Cadets
      Army Cadets
      RAF Cadets