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Would you be interested in talking to researchers about your experiences of volunteering? 11/09/2014

  • Are you aged 18 or over?
  • Do you do voluntary work with young people (11-18 yrs old) in the UK?
  • Are you from a ‘minority ethnic[1]’ family background?
  • Could you spare about an hour to talk over the phone about your experiences?


What is the research about?

Researchers from QinetiQ Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University have been asked by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to conduct research on behalf of the Ministry Of Defence (MOD). This research is aimed at understanding how the MOD-sponsored cadet forces can make the cadet experience even more inclusive of all sections of UK society. In particular it aims to investigate the experiences and views of cadets and also of adult volunteers/instructors who come from diverse ‘ethnic’ family backgrounds. The aim is to understand how to make participation in the UK cadet forces (both in terms of cadets and of the adult volunteers who support them) more representative of the diverse ‘ethnic’, religious and/or national communities across the UK.


Why me?

As part of this research we wish to talk to adults of ‘minority ethnic’ family origins who volunteer for other kinds of youth organisation. We would like to understand your motivations for volunteering, for your choice of youth organisation, and your experiences of current and previous volunteering undertakings. We are not looking to recruit you as a UK cadet force civilian instructor! The reason for seeking the views of non-cadet youth volunteers is to understand what attracts or detracts from adults’ considering this kind of organisation, and to understand how the complexities of ‘ethnicity’ may contribute to obtaining a valuable volunteering experience.


Where can I find out more?

If you are interested in participating in a telephone interview please contact either Mandy Winterton or Russ Martindale at Edinburgh Napier University using the email address or telephone number below. They will be able to provide you more detailed information about the study all of which is without obligation.

We will not contact you without your express permission.   0131 455 5602   0131 455 2625


[1] The researchers would like to acknowledge how inappropriate some might find this term. We use it but with due consideration of its inadequacies as a catch-all label.