Under the constitution of the Air Training Corps (ATC), each squadron is required to have a Civilian Committee to assist in the running of the Squadron.
Many parents and friends get a great deal of enjoyment and fun out of assisting 'their' squadrons as members of the Civilian Committee. Committees meet to their own timetable, usually once-a-month, under the direction of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The ATC is a charitable organisation. The Royal Air Force provides funds for a few of the key activities such as flying training. These finances are known as 'public funds'. The great range of other activities offered by the ATC however are financed from 'non-public fund'. Here the Civilian Committees come into their own in their tireless efforts to seek the necessary financial assistance, by way of fund-raising, which allows these other activities to take place.
Events organised by Civilian Committees to raise money can be:
- Cadets packing bags for money at the local supermarket
- General 'spare change' collections at local events
- Social and other fun nights
- Applying for grants
As you can imagine, fundraising is a very important aspect to our unit, as it supports many of our activities. Most Squadrons are activlely recruiting for new Civilian Committee members and would be very pleased to accept offers of extra help - even if you can't commit to regular or long term assistance, so if you have a couple of hours a month spare and would like to help, please contact a Squadron near to you.