All organisations need funding. We are luckier than most as the RAF provide the money for uniforms, premises, flying and several other activities. Each cadet provides a small subscription of approximately £10 a month, which goes towards funding the many activities that they undertake. National and international camps and expeditions may lead to extra costs – but we will always keep these to a minimum. We want the organisation to be available to everyone and staff are happy to discuss cost-related issues with parents at any time.
The squadron must provide the rest of the required funding, primarily through the fundraising efforts of the Civilian Committee that each has. We’re always looking for parents who are keen to get involved with their squadron’s Committee or would like to become a volunteer!
Squadrons are also registered charities and are therefore able to claim Gift Aid – enabling them to reclaim the tax you have paid on the amount of subscriptions you have paid, which means another £30 for the squadron for each year’s worth of subscriptions. Your child’s Squadron will have a policy on this and most will usually ask parents to sign a Gift Aid declaration upon enrolment.