Alex Anderson from 1367 (Caerleon) Squadron has been named the CVQO Westminster Award winner 2018.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadet was presented with the award at a special ceremony at the House of Lords in London and will now go on a ‘truly amazing’ trip to South Africa.
Guy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive, said: “The CVQO Westminster Award has been going now for 16 years and it recognises those CVQO cadets who have consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment, not only to the cadet services but to society in general.
“Selection in Somerset was extremely difficult and the standard was very high, but these young people are going on a truly amazing trip to South Africa and they have certainly earned it.
“Alex has worked hard to become not just an outstanding cadet but a valuable member of his local community. He demonstrated clear leadership skills and a strong ability to encourage team working to deliver results and, as such, he embodies all that we were looking for in a CVQO Westminster Award winner.”
Alex is an incredibly deserving winner, having raised money for Macmillan, Alzheimer’s and Tenovus Cancer Trust as well as the Royal Gwent and St Woolos Hospital Cardiology Fund – and is involved in Caerleon Village Service, looking after elderly members of the community.
The CVQO Westminster Award recognises CVQO’s best and most deserving learners annually. Learners are nominated by their youth group in November each year for their altruistic achievements – for example: helped family members, contributed to their local community, raised money for charity or overcome a personal challenge.
The ultimate prize for the finalists is an educational expedition to South Africa in July, where they will work in local schools, engage with communities in KwaZulu Natal and take part in an environmental awareness course.
CVQO is a UK government-funded education charity working with youth groups and schools All 11 finalists were given their ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management by CVQO Chairman Lord Lingfield at the event on Thursday 21 June, which celebrates community spirit and charity work.
After nomination in November, submissions are marked by a panel and then successful candidates are invited to attend a four-day residential selection event in Somerset in April. As part of this, all candidates studied to achieve an ILM Level 3 in Leadership and Management.
40 cadets from the Army Cadet Force, Combined Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Sea Cadet Corps, London Fire Cadets and Police Cadets made up this year’s group. This year CVQO Westminster Award received a record number of nominations.