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