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Sea Cadets Volunteering

Type: Admin Support, Emotional / social support, Event Volunteering, Governance/Leadership, Information / advice, Tutoring / Coaching

Location: All of Plymouth

The Sea Cadet Corps is a national organisation that delivers a naval based cadet experience at over 400 units across the UK! Every unit is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who manage and run training.

Plymouth (Drake) is looking to recruit new volunteers who are keen to develop young people using the ethos and traditions of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
Are you interested in developing young people, learning new skills or perhaps having a maritime background? Then why not bring a positive attitude and work with us!

No previous experience in the armed forces is required as full training is provided to new entrants! Alongside developing our cadets, you can learn and earn qualifications from various national bodies including the Royal Yachting Association, British Rowing and so many more!

We need people who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved, and make a positive difference to teenagers who are often struggling in today’s world and their communities. Gain excellent nationally recognised training qualifications along the way!

Unit instructor:
Whether you opt to be a uniformed leader, or wear your own clothes, you can be hands-on, teaching cadets at your local unit. You’ll run lessons, activities, games, projects and events that help cadets progress through The Sea Cadets Experience, gaining qualifications and confidence as they go. A role at a unit is ideal if you can support local young people on a regular basis, are happy to throw yourself into teaching activities and seek a rewarding role where you’ll be the key to helping young people flourish into confident, capable young adults.

Unit management team:
If you aren’t able to commit to a regular volunteering role, there’s still plenty of ways you can get involved and make an impact – no commitment is too small and a role on a unit’s Management Team could be a perfect fit. You could volunteer in roles such as Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary or Fundraising. These roles are perfect if you’re not able to be at your local Sea Cadets unit every week, or if you have a specialist skill you’d like to share.

We are currently looking for new adult volunteers (CFAVs) that are keen and enthusiastic to develop young people using the ethos and traditions of the Royal Navy & Royal Marines.

At Plymouth (Drake) Sea and Royal Marine Cadets, we have three sections to our unit being; Junior Sea Cadets (10-12 year olds), Sea Cadets (12-18) as well as, a Royal Marines Cadet detachment (13-18).

We cover subjects from:

• First Aid
• Marine engineering
• Navigation
• Catering
• Diving
• Adventure training
• Meteorology
• Shooting
• Aviation
• Duke of Edinburgh’s award

As well as inshore boating which includes:

• Rowing
• Paddlesports
• Dinghy sailing
• Windsurfing
• Powerboating

We give opportunities to gain qualifications from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), British Rowing, British Canoeing and BTECs in addition to all our Proficiencies and specializations up to instructor levels.

Commitment can be flexible depending on your circumstances. There is no requirement to become a uniformed volunteer (However, we encourage it!)

*Note that all volunteers are subject to a regular DBS check and other mandatory safeguarding requirements.

Each Sea Cadet Unit is a self-supporting youth organisation and an individually registered Charity.

The management and control of a Sea Cadet Unit is a team effort between the Unit Management
Committee led by the (UC) and the Instructional team led by the Commanding Officer /Officer in Chair.

These two groups of volunteers have specific responsibilities as explained in their SoRR. The Commanding Officer /Officer in Charge and Unit Chair are helped in their duties by CFAV/s (Cadet Force Adult Volunteers) instructional and non-instructional.

This role will undertake “regulated activity” and will therefore require an enhanced disclosure with
barring check to be repeated at no less than three yearly intervals

Primary Purpose:
The primary purpose of the CFAV is to assist in the development of young people as
Individuals and active citizens by providing safe and rewarding training, direction and guidance.

We meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening between 1800 and 2100. If you think you’d like to be a part of it, we’d love to hear from you.


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