Welcome to the website of the Joint Civil Aid Corps – a voluntary Emergency Support organisation. Its concept is to provide opportunities to as wide a selection of people as possible, throughout society to learn and train in such skills to support communities and emergency services. By doing so, gaining key life skills that will help individuals throughout all walks of life, including education and work.
As you travel through our site, you will see that there are three elements to the Joint Civil Aid Corps (JCAC): the Civil Aid Volunteer Corps (CAVC), the Community Resilience Volunteers (CRVs), and the Civil Cadet Corps (CCC). The JCAC is the ‘Staff Corps’ of the organisation. Rather than have completely separate command/management teams for each of the other elements, the JCAC is the overriding body responsible for the command, management and development of the organisation as a whole which includes all four elements.
The CCC was the first Corps to be started, but soon after research showed that an adult alternative was needed. This was initially for two reasons: 1/ it would be somewhere for the cadets to continue on to; and 2/ once we initiated the CCC there were already adults interested in what we were doing. As they were not necessarily interested in participating with cadets as leaders or instructors, the provision of an adult unit would give them the opportunity to participate at their own level. However, as research was continued it became obvious that there was a growing void in society where the emergency services face constant budgetary cuts making them leaner whilst flooding, extreme weather, and other threats, such as terrorism, increase. All of a sudden the need for an adult Corps far outweighed the initial need for a place where cadets could move on to. It has become an initiative that would be a strongly positive benefit for society as a whole.
The organisation is based in Milton Keynes, and the plan, like that of Milton Keynes itself, is ambitious. But the ambition is a realistic one and would clearly individually benefit all young people and adults who are wishing to participate, as it would those wishing to support the project through other means such as sponsorship or other stakeholder involvement. However, as mentioned above, the benefits will be to society as a whole.