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

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

Teach cadets a wide variety of skills and qualifications, Eligible for promotion through the rank structure whilst learning useful skills and qualifications that will help you and the cadets in your care.

Non Uniformed Instructor

Use your skills to help train cadets You will be asked to take part in some training (Induction, Safeguarding and First Aid) to keep cadets safe.

Unit Assistant

Carry out a wide variety of tasks to help their local Sea Cadet Unit, for example: mini-bus driver, painter and decorator.

Unit Management Team (UMC)

Each Sea Cadet Unit is an independent charity and members of the UMC are the trustees of the Unit charity.

We need help to support the management of the unit and in particular are looking for professional people to join the Unit Management Committee; do you know or are you a Lawyer, an Accountant or a business man/woman with a back ground in fund raising that would like to join us in giving back to the community?

Fund raising forms a large part of the running of the UMC along with ensuring the Health & Safety of our cadets and staff.

Parents & Supporters Association

Keep up to date with the latest PSA News, Events or Social event by checking your notice board next to the Galley on the lower deck.

TS Cossack is run by Volunteers and encourages the Parents and Guardians to get involved, whether on an occasional or a regular basis your help is welcomed and valued. We need People with practical skills in all areas. Are you any good with a paint brush? Do you have D1 Category? Can you drive a mini Bus? We also need your help to support the Unit Management Commitee with the Fund rasing for the unit? as well as the day to day running.

Come on - it's your unit too, bring your expertise along!

All volunteers, irrespective of their role undergo reference and a criminal records disclosure check (CRB) when they join the charity.


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