Specialist employment help funded by the RAF Association
When his career in the RAF Regiment came to a sudden end, the Royal Air Forces Association stepped in to help Lance Corporal Darren ‘Kam’ Kamara to help him rebuild his life and maximise his full potential.
The RAF Association is here to help the whole RAF Family, in whatever way is needed. One of our initiatives is to provide a Specialist Employment Consultant within the Personnel Recovery Unit at RAF High Wycombe. His role is to help personnel who are going through the transition to civilian life and to ensure they are equipped to deal with this next step.
Kam joined the RAF Regiment in 2006. His dream since he was a small boy was to serve in the RAF and joining the Regiment allowed him to realise this dream.
Getting through the notoriously tough Regiment training was a feat in itself for Kam, as it is for anyone who makes the grade. He went on to serve in Afghanistan and as a rear gunner in an armoured patrol vehicle but suffered serious neck and shoulder injuries when the vehicle was involved in an accident. For the next few years he battled on, managing to serve another tour in Afghanistan and undergoing extensive rehabilitation programmes, but earlier this year the impact of his injuries became too severe and he was recently medically discharged.
When Kam found out he could not continue to serve in the Regiment, he was understandably devastated. All of a sudden, his life plan didn’t exist. The career that he had seen himself following for years to come was no longer open to him. This is a daunting prospect for anyone, but to have to cope with this on top of debilitating injuries was particularly hard for Kam.
The employment consultant enabled Kam to attend a range of training programmes to support his new goal of setting up his own photographic business, as well as arranging for him to have a work placement with GQ magazine. Kam so impressed the team at GQ that he was invited back to be one of their VIP photographers at their hugely prestigious ‘Men of the Year Awards’ in London. Through the Specialist Employment Consultant, the RAF Association was also able to provide funding to Kam which helped him to purchase equipment and get started in his photographic business.
It is still a difficult time for Kam as he goes through the transition to a civilian life, but the RAF Association are on hand to offer him help and support for as long as he needs it.
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