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Air Cadet Association Launches

Written by Rich Street

The Air Cadet Association (ACA) was born out of the former embryo charity Air Cadet Connect (ACC).

ACC was set up by a small group of like- minded people who saw a need for a charity that would support the RAFAC but be completely independent of it. Over time the original aims have evolved and a clear need has been identified for an organisation that can offer welfare support at times of hardship for present and past members on a case by case basis.

ACC was never registered with the Charities Commission (CC) because under CC rules a charity cannot be registered unless annual income exceeds £5000. If and when ACA’s income exceeds this amount we will then register with the Charity Commission. Rules and guides can be found at https://www.gov.uk/setting-up-charity/register-your-charity

The original Trustees of ACC have agreed to rename the charity and rework the Constitution to meet these revised aims and objectives. A consultation process is in place to ensure all views are considered in order to have a smooth transition from ACC to ACA. Anyone who has already taken out membership of ACC will automatically transfer to ACA membership. Any funds held by ACC will transfer to ACA. The ACC website which currently allows for on line applications for membership needs to be reformatted which will take time and we are also deciding on the new Branding.

ACA will have a Board of Trustees who will oversee Governance and number of sub committees with particular responsibilities. The Welfare sub -committee will handle all requests for welfare support based on a set of agreed criteria. We will initially hope to establish 6 Branches based on the RAFAC Region structure and ultimately, if needed Wing level Branches. All appointments will be as laid out in the Constitution which will be published once the Consultation process is complete.