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 are a vibrant organisation, with a diverse membership. We are on call 24/7, 365 days a year to be of service to those who need us. Although for the last 100 years we have moved away from nursing, compassion is central to what we do.

Our Commitment to Civil & Military Authorities

FANYs train every week to ensure that we can provide surge relief to civil and military authorities in times of crisis. We also deploy in support of non-emergency operations and routinely assist organisations with their training to help keep our members sharp and to forge working relationships.

During the last year, the Corps has provided over 1,000 days of support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisations that we have supported include the Nightingale Hospital London, the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal, the City of London Police, the North London and Westminster Coroners' and Westminster City Council. To see more on our recent deployments click here.

In 2019, the FANY provided 650 days of both operational and routine support to the military, police and other civil organisations. We gave assistance immediately following the London Bridge Attack that started in Fishmongers Hall, and in response to the grim discovery of a number of bodies found in a lorry in Essex. 

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.

Our Structure

We are the world's longest established uniformed 'military' voluntary organisation for women. Today we are the only all women unit left in the UK.

The Corps is on the Army list, but not part of the Army. We use the Army rank structure, and we are an officer Corps, but we neither train at Sandhurst nor do we hold the Queen's commission.  

All members of the Corps are volunteers. We do not get paid for our work, in fact, we have to pay an annual subscription to be Corps members (as well as maintaining a specified level of training).

HRH The Princess Royal is our Commandant in Chief. Since 1999, when Her Royal Highness kindly gave permission to use her title the Corps has been renamed FANY (Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps), commonly abbreviated to FANY (PRVC).

Our Training

The Corps offers a wealth of new experiences through which members can broaden their horizons. The weekly training evenings provide a stimulating and motivating environment for members to learn new skills as well as develop old ones. Our trainers encourage members to participate in all of the training on offer, regardless of ability or experience.

The in-depth training ensures that members have the necessary level of skills and confidence to provide assistance at times of crisis. Our training programme includes major incident response skills, data analysis, debriefing, first aid, map reading, navigation and orienteering, radio communications, leadership and teamwork skills, weapons, self defence and much, much more. If you would like to apply to join the Corps click here.

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