The NE RFCA's local footprint and standing means that we are ideally situated to promote both the Armed Forces and the regional Cadet movements. One way of doing this is by organising, supporting and publicising events that bring the military and civilian populations together; additionally, by promoting the Armed Forces Covenant, our Reserve opportunities, the ‘cadet experience’, and the Estate they work within, all help with local awareness. This engagement enables us to foster a wider understanding of the Armed Forces within our local communities and business employers. It also provides a greater appreciation of Service personnel and the regional Cadet Forces. We simply see ourselves as the enabling voice of the Reserves and Cadets within the North East.

We comprise a body of volunteer members drawn from all strata of society in the North East, all of whom advocate on behalf of Defence. We are administered by a 19-strong, professional Crown Servant secretariat headquartered at 53 Old Elvet in Durham, with a further 27 Crown Servants administering the three Army Cadet Force Counties of Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland from their HQs at Cramlington, Chester-le-Street and Middlesbrough. In practical terms we all provide Defence with support and engagement networks to enable Reserves and Cadets to thrive within the North East; we essentially assist with understanding and collaboration between the military and civil communities.

To find out more about the RFCA's engagement within the North East contact our Head of Engagement, Gary McLafferty

Latest Engagement news

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Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkishire

On Tuesday, 27 Feb 24, Mrs Jo Ropner, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire and Vice-President North of England RFCA, presented her Lord Lieutenant's Certificates for Meritorious Service. Find out more

Military vs Cancer's Armed Forces Rugby Event

Esh Construction - one of our DRS Gold Award companies is supporting the Militaary vs Cancer's armed forces Rugby Event. Find out more


RFCA Conference emphasises defence stability and societal support

The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations' (RFCA) annual conference on 8 November attracted a diverse audience from the RFCA networks. Find out more

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Festival of Remembrance Service at Durham Cathedral

“A credit to the County and the cadet movements they represent”. Lt Col Barney Barnbrook, Regional Director North East and Yorkshire Army Benevolent Fund, said of the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets who took part in the Festival of Remembrance Service at Durham Cathedral on Saturday,
11 November 2023. Find out more


DCC Debbie Ford named Commando of the Week on Royal Marines Reserve winter training exercise.

As one of our supportive employers and a Silver Award winner of the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme, Northumbria Police Force was invited to send a representative to observe members of the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) on their cold-climate training programme in Bardufoss, Norway in March this year. That ‘lucky volunteer’ was Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Ford, who joined 14 other organisations from London, Highland RFCA and Lowland RFCA on a different sort of exercise……. Find out more

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Gold Awards for 7 North East Employers

Seven North East employers awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces. Find out more

Step into Health - Career in the NHS?

The Step into Health programme connects ex-service candidates from across the Armed Forces community with employers and new opportunities in the NHS. This event will take place on Wednesday 19th July and is specifically aimed at the Armed Forces Community. Find out more

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19 North of England Employers gain MOD ERS Silver Awards

We are pleased to announce that 19 North of England organisations, in demonstrating their support to the Armed Forces, have been recognised by the award of the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award. In addition, twelve organisations, having shown their continued support over the previous 5 years, have had their Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award revalidated. Find out more

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MOD ERS Gold Awards for nine North East employers

GOLD AWARDS FOR NORTH EAST EMPLOYERS. Nine NE Employers have been awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces and a tenth has had their Gold Award Revalidated. Gold is the highest award available under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme. Find out more

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Employers Enjoy Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Eight Defence ERS Gold winning organisations were hosted by the NE RFCA Chairman and the Engagement Team in London over the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Find out more