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Fire Cadets Help Communities
Young people who are part of the Fire Cadets programme run by our Service, have raised money to help groups in Merseyside communities.
Formby Fire Cadets were involved in a fantastic community project at Chase Heys respite and intermediate care home in Southport. The Fire Cadets raised money from a weekend bag pack in the Co-op in Waterloo earlier this year and raised £181 towards the project which included entertaining older people.
Toxteth Fire Cadets from Archbishop Blanch School in Kensington, Liverpool, took part in a community project with a foodbank.
The cadets also went to the Frontline Centre in Wavertree to deliver the donated food items and to help the foodbank staff sort out various donations.
Youth Advocate
Jay Vernon said:
“The cadets were split
into two working
groups. One group
was responsible for
the weighing and
sorting of food items,
for example soup,
tinned meat, milk,
sugar, and the other was sorting the food items into date order.
“This process enabled the foodbank volunteers to hand out food bags to people who need them but also to ensure that no food is wasted by food stock going out of date. The cadets worked fantastically in their groups and really enjoyed themselves.
The cadets volunteered their services to the foodbank from 4pm until 5.30pm.”
“The foodbank manager was delighted with the cadets’ efforts as they really did work as a team and got ‘stuck in’ to a mountain of donated food items,” Jay added.
The Fire Cadets School Programme started in November 2014 and consists of a unit at Formby Community Fire Station, with pupils from Formby High School, and Toxteth Community Fire Station, with pupils from Archbishop Blanch School.
The aim of the Fire Cadets is to enable young people to gain skills, knowledge and positive experiences in a fun, safe and secure environment, whilst developing life skills and inspiring young people to make positive life choices about their futures.
Activities include: Practical Firefighting Drills, Fire Safety Awareness, Promoting Community Engagement, Fundraising, First Aid Awareness, Road Safety Awareness, Water Safety Awareness, Team-building Activities.
Cadets also work towards gaining certification and accreditation.
There are 19 students attending Formby Fire Cadets and 18 attending Toxteth Cadets.
The Formby Fire Cadets organised, with the help of Cadet Instructors Steph Bond and James Vernon a bingo, raffle and buffet for 22 residents serving the food themselves on a trolley during the visit in June.
Youth Advocate Stephanie Bond said: “All cadets were involved with all activities from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. They not only made the evening for the residents special but it was also a rewarding project and experience for the Cadets themselves.”
Cadets from Archbishop Blanch Fire Cadets fundraised at a local Co-Op raising a grand total of £214.58.
The cadets then decided as a group they would like to use the money raised to buy food items and donate them to the local foodbank.
Photos supplied by Youth Advocate Stephanie Bond and Youth Advocate James Vernon.

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