Who are we?

The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps), founded in 1907, is an all-female voluntary organisation which deploys multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.

We remain a vibrant organisation in the 21st Century.  Membership is based on a traditional sense of duty, trust, friendship and loyalty.

Today, we continue to help others and learn new skills as diverse as advanced first aid, radio communication and information management.  We also provide opportunities for our members to develop personal skills and build confidence, which can help them in their chosen career

Our Commitment to Civil & Military Emergencies

With over eight million residents, London is at risk from a variety of threats - from terrorism and natural disasters to unforeseen incidents like tube or train crashes. FANYs train every week to ensure that we can provide 24/7 surge relief to civil and military authorities when such threats become a reality. While these occurrences are thankfully rare, we also deploy in support of non-emergency operations and routinely assist organisations with their training to help keep members sharp and forge working relationships.

In 2017, FANYs were deployed following the terrorist attacks in Manchester, Westminster, and London Bridge, and in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Members of the Corps provided 1,835 hours of volunteer support over a period of 14 weeks for the City of London Police, HQ London District (Army Headquarters), the Westminster Coroner, the London Resilience Group, and the Gold Commander. In the course of performing these duties we identified the need for loggists to support key military and civilian decision-makers during emergency incidents. We now have 60 trained loggists to cover this capability.

In 2018, the Corps provided 600 days of vital support to more than 30 different organisations. Fortunately, most of this support was delivered for routine activity rather than crisis operations. Members stepped in to assist by providing military watchkeepers, personal staff officers and information managers, as well as delivering a wide range of character playing support to bring much needed realism to training.


Our Training

The Corps offers a wealth of new experiences where you can broaden your horizons and enrich your life. The training evenings provide a stimulating and motivating environment for members to learn new skills as well as develop old ones. Trainers encourage members to participate in all of the training on offer, regardless of ability or experience.

Weekly training nights (based in Central London) ensure that members obtain the necessary level of skills to provide assistance at times of crisis. The training programme includes; Major Incident Response, First Aid, Map Reading, Navigation & Orienteering, Radio Communications, self defence and much, much more.

Major Incident Response

All members receive professional training from police authorities so that they can respond to enquiries received from members of the public in response to a major incident.  In addition to this training, some Corps members go on to receive advanced training so that they can perform more detailed data analysis.

First Aid

All members are trained in basic First Aid and hold a first aid qualification. Many members of the Corps develop this skill further through attending a range of courses offered by a variety of organisations leading to further qualifications.

Map Reading, Navigation & Orienteering

Being able to read a map, navigate and find your route with a compass are essential FANY skills. Training is undertaken in inner-city and remote environments. Following basic training there are opportunities to take further qualifications in this area.

Radio Communications

FANY are trained in basic radio skills, net radio, Airwave, Army watch-keeping and briefing skills.  These skills are essential, as they are often used during an emergency.

And much more including....

Representing the Corps at ceremonial occasions, using language skills, attending special interest lectures, parachuting, survival training, participating in equestrian events, attending networking sessions and taking part in fundraising events.

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