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Chesterfield Police Cadet wins place on once in a lifetime South Africa trip

Posted on 14th May 2018

One of our Police Cadets in Chesterfield has beaten off tough competition in Somerset to win a place on a trip to South Africa after reaching the finals of the national CVQO Westminster Award.

Seventeen year old Naomi Eyre, who is Head Cadet for the Chesterfield unit and a student at St Mary’s Catholic High School, made it in to the top eleven of 40 finalists selected for the opportunity.

She 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.

The CVQO Westminster Award 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.

Naomi 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.

Despite suffering the loss of her Nan, Naomi continued with her commitment to the Volunteer Police Cadets and helped her unit to raise more than £1,000 for cancer research.

She said: “The selection process was a brilliant experience with new challenges, all advancing my skills and meeting new and interesting people.

“A week after finding out, it’s only just sinking in about the opportunity of a life time and I can’t explain how nervous and excited I am about what I am going to encounter.”

As well as earning her place an educational, and life-changing, two-week expedition to South Africa in July, Naomi will also attend a special luncheon at the House of Lords in June.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Osbourne, who is in charge of policing in North Division, said: “This award recognises CVQO’s most outstanding learners who have demonstrated a wide range of skills and abilities and, above all, have shown considerable achievement from whatever start in life they have had.  Part of that is about how they have influenced and helped others.  

“I am so proud of Naomi on her achievement and I know she will get so much out of the opportunity on the expedition to South Africa. She is without doubt an inspirational young lady.”

PC Kim Holden, Police Cadet Leader for the Chesterfield Unit, said: “Naomi has put in an extraordinary amount of work into this process, she has completed the BTEC Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community and also now been given the opportunity to complete the ILM level 3 in Leadership and Management, which will give her a great start for her CV. 

“The CVQO workshops and enrolment process will begin again in September and we are hoping to open up new challenges for more of our hard working cadets.”

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

You can find out more about the work of Derbyshire’s Volunteer Police Cadets, by following them on Twitter: @DerbysCadets.

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