Posted on 5th July 2018
Police Cadet Naomi Eyre (front, third from left) alongside the 10 other CVQO Westminster Award winners who are heading to South Africa later this month
One of our Police Cadets from Chesterfield visited the House of Lords for a special luncheon to celebrate the achievements of the national CVQO Westminster Award winners.
Naomi Eyre was among the top eleven cadets in the 2018 award, which will soon see the winners heading out to South Africa for a potentially life changing, a two-week expedition.
She was also presented with the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Certificate by CVQO chairman Lord Lingfield at the event in London on Thursday, June 21.
The CVQO Westminster Award recognises the achievements of cadets from the armed forces, police, fire and St. Johns Ambulance or other affiliated youth organisations who have gone the extra mile to help someone in need, demonstrated community spirit or shown resolve and determination to overcome a personal challenge.
Guy Horridge, CVQO Chief Executive, said: “The CVQO Westminster Award has been going now for 15 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.”
Seventeen-year-old Naomi is the first police cadet in Derbyshire, and the second police cadet from across the country, to make it through to South Africa since the awards scheme was set up.
Naomi, who is also a student at St Mary’s RC High School, was Chesterfield’s Police Cadet of the Year 2017 and regularly volunteers for fundraising events and community projects, as well as helping out with the new cadets joining the unit.
PC Kim Holden, a Cadet Leader for the Chesterfield unit joined Naomi at the House of Lords event alongside Naomi’s mum, and senior officers from Derbyshire police.
She said: “Our Police Cadets are a credit to the Derbyshire Constabulary, and both myself and Naomi would like to thank Superintendent Michelle Shooter and Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson for supporting us at the House Of Lords. The whole experience was a real honour.
“Our cadet unit wouldn't be able to run if it wasn't for those who volunteer to help with the group and without the support of the Senior Management Team. It’s now time to start working on our application for the award next year, to hopefully achieve another success and provide our cadets with the chance of this amazing opportunity.”
CVQO is a UK-based education charity offering a broad range of vocational qualifications, designed to recognise the work undertaken by young people and adult volunteers within youth organisations. For more information visit www.cvqo.org.
You can find out more about the work of Derbyshire’s Volunteer Police Cadets, by following them on Twitter: @DerbysCadets.