Our CVQO Westminster Award celebration took place at the House of Lords on Friday 25 November. It was a truly wonderful day, as we applauded the achievements of some of the UK’s most deserving young people.
We were thrilled to welcome 15 cadets from the Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Combined Cadet Force, St John Ambulance, and, for the first time, the Scouts.
Miles Hayward of Brentwood Sea Cadets was crowned the 2022 CVQO Westminster Award winner by our Chairman, Lord Lingfield.
Ben McCartney of Durham ACF received the Lingfield Medal for 2022, while Raphaela Deas of St John Ambulance Hove & Hangleton Unit was awarded the Lingfield Achievement Medal. Michael Osbaldeston of City & Guilds Group joined Lord Lingfield to present the finalists with their ILM Level 3 certificates, and awarded Daisy Trainor of 146 (Northwich) Squadron RAF Air Cadets the prize for the best ILM submission.
Our 2022 expedition took the form of a two-week trip to Cornwall in late July for which we again chose the theme of ‘Think global, act local’. What we mean by that is that it is important to consider the overall impact of our actions on the planet, while realising that change can start on a local level – even on a grassroots scale, anyone has the power to make a positive impact.
In Cornwall, we worked with a number of charity partners: ShelterBox, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, The Eden Project, Surfers Against Sewage, The Wave Project and The National Trust on a variety of volunteering projects intended to give a perspective on the challenges communities are facing both locally and globally. Our finalists gained an understanding of the issues associated with humanitarian aid, climate change and conservation.
The House of Lords ceremony represented the culmination of this prestigious competition, and the final word goes to Miles: “Apart from the educational aspect of gaining BTEC and ILM qualifications, you get to take part in a lot of once in a lifetime experiences which you may never get to do otherwise. It is truly a memorable, life changing experience.”