Due to the developing situation with COVID-19, and the recent announcement by the Prime Minister to effectively lock down all non-essential movement, the RAF Air Cadets has decided to cancel all face-to face air cadet and staff events currently planned to take place between now and 31 Aug 20. This aligns with Government direction to restrict non-essential activity.
The decision, whilst regrettable, has been taken to prevent false hopes and expectations, avoid nugatory work and the possible loss of irrecoverable costs. It also enables all staff and adult volunteers to focus on delivering the best alternative cadet experience they can until normal operations resume. Much work is on-going to design and deliver bespoke on-line training material and all members of RAFAC are encouraged to share best practice via their dedicated Training Officers at Wing and Regional level.
A decision to recommence face-to-face activity from September onwards will be made in light of emerging Government guidance nearer the time but, for now, plans for events and activities from September 20 can continue but all staff should be prepared to change plans if the situation demands it.
For the interim, all staff, volunteers and cadets are advised to continue to follow all Government advice with regard to protecting themselves and others from the virus and helping to slow the spread of the pandemic. To that end, working from home is the default for all RAFAC personnel and no staff or volunteers are to visit RAFAC facilities to conduct building checks or undertake RAFAC duties since these journeys are not essential.
Any questions about the impact of this announcement are to be directed in the first instance to your chain of command who stand by to advise and support colleagues as much as possible. Please remember that our senior staffs are human, too, some are self-isolating, most are working from home, and everyone is facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Be kind to each other and we will all do our best to answer your questions and continue to engage to the best of our ability.
Air Commodore McCafferty
24th March 2020
2120 (Witney) Squadron anticipates re-opening on Tuesday 2nd September 2020, with its next recruit night on Tuesday 8th September 2020.
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