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Sea Cadets are looking for volunteers

Sea Cadet units are run entirely by volunteers and across the UK 9,000 people support cadets in a range of activities. There are lots of roles to match your skills and we will offer training to help you. Volunteering is rewarding and we are always looking for volunteers whose skills and enthusiasm can benefit the charity.



Sea Cadet volunteers can: Support young people and encourage them to take part in challenging and aspirational activities

Get a sense of personal achievement, Invest in the local community as part of a widely respected charity whilst experiencing new adventures and learning new skills

Gain valuable, externally recognised qualifications, ive your time consistent with other demands on your life, Meet new people and make new friends

Here is a look at what volunteers do:

Uniformed Instructor

Teach cadets a wide variety of skills and qualifications. Following your induction period you will also take part in a training programme that enables you to guide cadets through our core syllabus. If you have previous experience in the Armed Forces, Merchant Navy or another uniformed youth organisation we will recognise that experience. Many uniformed instructors are former cadets, passing on the skills they learned when they were cadets.

Our uniformed rank structure is aligned to the Royal Navy. There is the chance to rise to the rank of Warrant Officer or be selected as an Officer and some may rise to the rank of Commander. Those joining the Royal Marines Cadets follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Marines.

Non Uniformed Instructor

Volunteers with a wide range of skills from power boating or sailing to First Aid join Sea Cadets. We ask volunteers to undertake some training (induction, First Aid, Safeguarding) to ensure that cadets will be in safe hands. Further training is available based upon your skills and preferences.

Unit Assistant

Carry out a variety of tasks to help their local unit, for example: mini-bus drive or painter.

Unit Management Team (UMT)

A Sea Cadet unit is an independent charity and members of the UMT are the trustees. All volunteers, irrespective of their role undergo a Criminal Records Disclosure check (CRB) when they join the charity.

For more information, please contact 07867 871 906 or email [email protected]
 
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Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
I dont want to sound off, but my own experience was that the SCC nationally may want volunteers but many local units don't. I wrote to several of my local units offering my services a couple of years ago. Some didn't reply, others said 'sorry not interested', one invited me in to give a briefing to the cadets, vaguely expressed interest and then never got back to me and I eventually gave up chasing.

My own realisation was that many of the staff were clearly unhappy at the idea of a serving officer on their team, I wonder if it was for fear. Of being 'shown up', which certainly was not my intent.

Ultimately the SCC lost someone who was interested, because they couldn't be bothered to take a genuine expression of interest and use it. I no longer have the slightest interest in supporting the SCC because it just comes across as a politics riven organisation more concerned with staff status than helping kids.
 

BARNEYRNSM

War Hero
As the XO of a newly formed SCC unit in East Yorkshire, I welcome all and any help from serving, veteran or pure civvy. I have veterans on the Unit management team (all RNA members) a veteran as a fellow instructor and even a serving sailor on sick leave assisting when he can (a long term illness requiring regular attendance at a specialist hospital). I will only turn people away if the CRB/DBS or whatever its called comes back with a problem, in fact they are not allowed to attend until clearance comes through from that. Please try again, I would welcome you with open arms. Now the rowing/sailing season is upon us, the cadets are buzzing after being out on the water on a school night. I have also just sorted a trip to Faslane in August through old shipmates.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
I never thought I'd say this, but I agree with PT! My experiences were EXACTLY the same when I offered my services - ex CPO, BSAC Diving Instructor, RYA power boat and sailing tickets up the Ying Yang etc etc. It was as if Iwas encroaching on 'their' little fiefdom. The nights I attended I was studiously ignored and left literally sitting in a corner! I loved my time in the Sea Cadets and there is no doubt that it helped immeasurably when I joined the real thing. It would have been nice to give something back.

I'm now out of the UK and so cannot volunteer even if I wanted to, sorry Barney!
 

Dredd

War Hero
Super Moderator
You will find that is endemic in all SCC publications and communications C_P. While we laugh about it externally, we cringe inwardly.
 

Purple_twiglet

War Hero
Moderator
Sorry SB - was clicking on 'like' on my ipad and my screen hit 'dislike' - i did try to click it back and thought it had changed but clearly it hadnt. I'll go waggle my fingers now and see what difference it makes :)

Ipads - love them, but the screens can be pretty shite at times.
 

Capn_Pugwash

War Hero
Sorry SB - was clicking on 'like' on my ipad and my screen hit 'dislike' - i did try to click it back and thought it had changed but clearly it hadnt. I'll go waggle my fingers now and see what difference it makes :)

Ipads - love them, but the screens can be pretty shite at times.


Sounds like my problem - FFS - Fat Finger Syndrome!

Maybe that's the problem at SCHQ..........


Dredd. They once produced a training document with "Forward" on the front page, instead of "Foreword"

The person responsible didn't understand the difference!

Oh dear.
 

Guns

War Hero
Moderator
I dont want to sound off, but my own experience was that the SCC nationally may want volunteers but many local units don't. I wrote to several of my local units offering my services a couple of years ago. Some didn't reply, others said 'sorry not interested', one invited me in to give a briefing to the cadets, vaguely expressed interest and then never got back to me and I eventually gave up chasing.

My own realisation was that many of the staff were clearly unhappy at the idea of a serving officer on their team, I wonder if it was for fear. Of being 'shown up', which certainly was not my intent.

Ultimately the SCC lost someone who was interested, because they couldn't be bothered to take a genuine expression of interest and use it. I no longer have the slightest interest in supporting the SCC because it just comes across as a politics riven organisation more concerned with staff status than helping kids.

They must have got my memo....

But seriously it is often the case that units have had their fingers burnt by ex-service personal. The SCC is a strange beast that, in my opinion, is being eroded from within due to its tie in with the Maritime Society.

My wife was a CO of an inner city unit for a long time and found too often that ex-RN and ex-RM were not well suited to life as staff. She found too many were unwilling to adapt to the SCC way of doing business and instead thought their service would make them some kind of saviour. What people forget is the Sea Cadets is a youth organisation first and often the skills needed for the staff are those of a youth worker/social worker first then Naval next. The best two staff members who were ex came to the unit because they were parents and as such had a different view when dealing with the cadets.

As an aside one should not underestimate the difficulties the CO of a Sea Cadet unit has - it needs to raise funds to exist, is bound by very strict laws and rules and the staff are volunteers. My wife regularly attended case worker meeting for some of the kids in the unit. In the case of one boy cadets was the only constant in his life. He was moved from care home to foster carer and throughout this cadets became his anchor. He had known my wife, as his DO then CO, longer than he had known any other adult, including his parents. Often he would do a runner from the care home and turn up at the unit. No matter how shit his life was he had immaculate kit and was well turned out. He kept every thing at a fellow cadets and would turn up to prepare it all and then go with him to cadets.

One other area that units always need help with is the Unit Management Committee. This is critical to the survive of a unit. A good committee is the difference between a great unit and folding.

If you have a bad experience I would write to the Area Officer or the Captain of the Sea Cadet Corps as they are always keen to ensure that units are being helped. It may be you got them on a bad day.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Sorry SB - was clicking on 'like' on my ipad and my screen hit 'dislike' - i did try to click it back and thought it had changed but clearly it hadnt. I'll go waggle my fingers now and see what difference it makes :)

Ipads - love them, but the screens can be pretty shite at times.

Humpf........ OK then.

Mind you, Samsung Tab and Android is the way to go!

I'd still like to help out the SCC though, maybe I could be a grammer Nazi?
 

Dredd

War Hero
Super Moderator
Dredd. They once produced a training document with "Forward" on the front page, instead of "Foreword"

The person responsible didn't understand the difference!

Oh dear.

I've seen better than that - Opperchunities. On the website, as a banner headline. I kid you not.

I can (just about) forgive "there" for "their", but that should have had a spellchecker meltdown
 

BARNEYRNSM

War Hero
Ok, lots of slating going on. I am a 22 year RN veteran, now 7 years wavy navy, why am I getting it right and not minding what the "pure SCC" do ? We have veterans at all levels as stated in my original OP, what can I do to make it better for other veterans?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Barney, ifou have any clout, you could ask them tostop treating exRN as pariahs for a start! At least include them in conversations instead of leaving them on the naughty step.

OK, my experience was a couple of dog watches ago, but from what is said on here, it still goes on. In my case the Auxiliary Coastguard were more welcoming! And I got home to duties!!
 

Ballistic

War Hero
Catch up ! That's my point. And it is not the first time someone from SCHQ has made a mistake like in a post on here.

I re-read your post #5 just after I'd posted and I thought you might have been referring to the thread title but since you didn't mention it specifically I wasn't 100% sure.
 

Capn_Pugwash

War Hero
Sort of a default setting for SCHQ. Pretty poor show.

If someone from there is checking this thread, you would have thought they might have edited the OP. Or maybe they can't see anything wrong with it.

I've just re-read the first sentence of the OP.

It isn't even good English.
 
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