Mission, Vision and Values

Our History

The Air Cadet Charity (previously Air Training Corps General Purposes Fund) has been supporting cadets for over 60 years. Originally established in 1960 by the Secretary of State for Air the fund supports charitable purposes for the benefit of cadets and personnel of the Air Training Corps.

Until recently the Headquarters RAF Air Cadets played a significant part in the running of the fund and ensuring that the charitable objects were met. The Commandant RAF Air Cadets and the trustees of the fund, recognising the need for change, made the decision to transform into an independent grant making charity. This change allows the charity to continue to meet its underlying purpose and objects whilst expanding its reach within the Air Training Corps. To reflect these changes the fund was renamed the Air Cadet Charity in December 2023.

Find out more about our branding journey and how one cadet helped to shape the look of the Air Cadet Charity.

See our branding journey

Our vision and mission:

Access for all

Enhance self-confidence and responsibility

Enhance inter-personal skills

Our values:

Cadets are at the heart of what we do and we will continue to support national cadet activities such as BTECs and Duke of Edinburgh awards as well as offering grants to Regions, Wings and Squadrons.  

We are:

Committed - We do what we say we will and are committed to ensuring funds for cadets are spent on cadets.

Inclusive - We ensure everyone feels valued and supported, making ourselves accessible to all.

Responsive - We follow through on our commitments, using evidence and insight to adapt to changing needs.

Transparent - We communicate openly about what we do and where funds are spent.

Innovative - Forward-learning and open to new ideas, we strive to remain relevant in our support efforts.

Meet the Air Cadet Charity Team

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