Our Unit is run entirely by volunteers. We need enthusiastic volunteers with a range of skills, from those who want to help train cadets to those who can apply their business skills to help run the Management Team that supports our Unit.

Sea Cadet volunteers:

  • – Support young people
  • – Encourage them to take part in challanging and aspirational activities
  • – Invest in the local community as part of a widely respected charity
  • – Get a sense of personal achievement from involvement with a national youth charity
  • – Work as part of a team
  • – Meet new people, make new friends
  • – Experience adventure and learn new skills
  • – Gain valuable and externally recognised qualifications


At the moment, we at Newham Cornwell VC Sea Cadets are looking for a dedicated person who loves paperwork to become assist our very able Administration Officer. You do not have to commit to going into Uniform and you will not be asked to fulfil any other role in the Unit unless you want to. 
But you will need to be highly organised, computer literate and enjoy both a challenge and performing the endless stream of Admin tasks that an organisation such as ours generates. An ability to deal tactfully with all sorts of people, both adults and teenagers would be an advantage. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Commanding Officer by e-mail at Newhamscc@hotmail.com
Like all the other adult posts in the Unit, this position is Voluntary. There is no remuneration package.

Other Volunteer Posts

There are two types of opportunity for volunteers: uniformed and non-uniformed. Uniformed instructors serve a six month probationary period and if you have previous experience in the armed forces or Merchant Navy you can apply for direct entry. Many uniformed instructors are ex-cadets, passing on the skills they learned during their time in the ranks.

Non-uniformed volunteers can apply to join Sea Cadets at any age. Many are introduced to the charity when a son or daughter expresses an interest in joining. Quite often, both parent and child will join, and husband and wife teams are common.

Here is a brief insight into some of the roles available:

Uniformed Instructor

Whether you have a background in a Uniformed organisation such as the Armed or Emergency Services or not, the opportunity exists for you to develop a voluteer career path, gaining skills and knowledge which you will then pass on to our Cadets.

Non Uniformed Instructor

Use your skills to help train cadets. You will be asked to take part in some training (Induction, Safeguarding, First Aid) to keep cadets safe, but the amount of further training and development you undertake is entirely up to you.

Unit Assistant

Unit assistants are usually people who want to help but who perhaps do not want the depth of commitment required of Uniformed staff. It may be that you can help out with the Cadets or maybe that you have skills in practical areas, helping to maintain the fabric of the Unit or mechanical skills that would keep the Transport on the road. Why not find out how you can help?

Unit Management Team (UMC)

Each Sea Cadet Unit is an independent charity and members of the UMC are the trustees of the Unit charity. It costs THOUSANDS to run a Sea Cadet Unit and the UMC's main role is fundraising. If you think that you might have skills in that or any other area, we'd like to hear from you.

All volunteers, irrespective of their role, are required undergo an enhanced criminal records disclosure (DBS) check when they join the charity and this is updated at the intervals currently required by legislation.

You do not need to have any experience to become a Sea Cadets Volunteer. Training is available for whichever role you choose.


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