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A Cadet's open letter to key workers' families

A Cadet's open letter to key workers' families

Leading cadet Apple-Jane from Brentwood has put pen to paper, writing a heartfelt letter to all young people who have parents working as essential workers, encouraging them to be strong and proud of the work their parents are doing. Apple-Jane’s own father is a fire fighter who faces daily danger in his day job. 

Apple-Jane has also been volunteering during the lockdown by supporting the most vulnerable. By offering friendly chats through the Brentwood Covid-19 Mutual Aid group and the Royal Naval Association. 

We’ve been totally blown away by LC’s Apple-Jane’s letter and hope it can help children like her who have a parent as a front line worker.

Special thank you to Peter N Greenhalgh RNR

Special thank you to Peter N Greenhalgh RNR

Head of Meteorology at Sea Cadets retires after 21 years in the role. 

Lt Cdr (SCC) Peter N Greenhalgh RNR has stepped down from being the designated subject matter expert in meteorology for Sea Cadets after 21 years in the role.

Peter’s role was to oversee meteorology within the Corps and to ensure that cadets are given the opportunity to study the subject. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, in addition to his relaxed and approachable manner, made it accessible and fun for cadets, and helped thousands of young people learn and further their knowledge in the topic. In addition to developing cadets, he has also worked tirelessly to train adults in Meteorology, who could then in turn help cadets learn about everything from weather instruments to cloud formations, the shipping forecast, station plots and how to conduct meteorology.

In September 2015 Peter further developed the Sea Cadet offer when six students, all qualified Meteorology Instructors became “METOCs”, successfully completing the new Advanced Meteorology course entitled 'An Introduction to Oceanography'. Students undertook practical work in the Firth of Forth where they carried out water sampling in various locations on the river. Measurements included turbidity, depth of visibility, near-surface salinity, specific gravity and temperature.

The course underpins prior learning by demonstrating the direct links between our weather and the oceans. The course was a resounding success and continues to be delivered.

When “Prof Phogg” Peter, let the meteorology community know he had decided to step down, he was flooded with messages of thanks and warmth – “thank you for everything you’ve done to inspire myself and others in the field of meteorology during your time as HQSO”, and “if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have the experience and enjoyment of meteorology that I do” and “to say that you have changed the way I look at things is an understatement”. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his loyalty and passion in the role.

sea cadets volunteers week 2020

Volunteers' Week 2020

Join in the celebration for Sea Cadets' 9,000 volunteers. They’re absolutely essential to Sea Cadets, we couldn’t do it without them! Nominate your volunteer hero using #VolunteersWeek and @SeaCadetsUK.

This week you’ll meet the key worker heroes who also volunteer with Sea Cadets, as every day this week across our social media channels we’ll share a new story about our superhero volunteers. Today meet Sally. (pictured left)

Sally Smith, Officer in Charge, Bedford Sea Cadets

Day Job: Practice Development Nurse, Emergency Department

Sally became a senior nurse in the Emergency Department at Bedford Hospital earlier this year but has been a Specialist Nurse in Resuscitation and Trauma for almost a decade.

She says “This is my passion, I love my job and although working in this type of environment is very challenging at times we work as team, it’s a great team and we support one another.”

Sally also helps to run Bedford Sea Cadets and finds a similar level of teamwork there as in the NHS.

Our volunteers step up during the Pandemic

As many Sea Cadets volunteers are ensuring Sea Cadets continues as normal through digital parade nights, some are also playing their part in the in the battle against Covid-19! Sea Cadets volunteers continue to do their bit within all of the nation’s key services, including the NHS, care homes and the emergency services.

85% of Sea Cadets activities at unit level are taking place virtually, making up for the loss of hugely popular inshore and offshore boating programmes, competitions and International Exchange Programme. Sea Cadets remains a hugely vital part of cadets' lives and many say they are happy having tried the Virtual Sea Cadets programme, according to our recent survey.

With many across the country taking the time to volunteer during the crisis, new and returning volunteers will always be welcome within Sea Cadets. Find out more here.

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DofE Award 2020

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Celebrating Success – Virtually

On the afternoon of 21 May 2020, 19 of our Cadets and Staff were due to attend a Gold Award Presentation in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the culmination of their DofE journey. They had all worked extremely hard to complete their Gold awards and were looking forward to a day in London and meet some members of the Royal family and many guest presenters. However, due to the Coronavirus lockdown measures this event had to be postponed. They will get an opportunity when the country returns to being able to meet again in groups. To mark theirs and others successes, HRH The Duke of Wessex has made a video congratulating those that should have been receiving their certificates. The link to this video is here and the names of those due to attend on the 21st May are:

London

Thomas B

Francis d. S H

Amber-Rose H

Jessica E

South West

Dakota L

Blake L

Oliver D

Thomas G

Emily G

James G

Oliver G

Holly G

Eastern

Lewis K

Chelsea B

Jack V

Isobel B

Lydia C

Thomas B

North West

James P

James B R

On behalf of whole of the Sea Cadets we send congratulations on your fantastic achievement. Many thanks must also go to the tireless commitment that the DofE leaders in all of these units and across all of our areas are giving to these and many thousands of participants still on their own journeys. Please stay safe but continue to enjoy your Sea Cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

sea cadets 5 ways to wellbeing

Sea Cadets 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Young people surveyed recently said they are worried about mental health and peer support during the lockdown rules.

Our NHS and other well-known organisation promote 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Learn
  • Give

Here’s our take on 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Cadets

Connect

Staying connected is not just good for your wellbeing, but everyone around you.

At sea, ships communicate with each other across the world via the Bridge on marine radio with lots of dials and buttons.  Luckily, our friends are just one tap away on our phones. If you’ve not heard from a friend from school or sea cadets for a while why not reach out?

Equally, check in on your wider circle of friends and family, especially older relatives.  Why not give them a call, and let know what you have been up to too keep yourself busy and active.  Let them tell you about their day too really listen, lend an ear, not just your time.

Tip: It’s fantastic we can reach our loved ones at the touch of a button. But ensure you limit your screen time as you normally would around your routine. If Sailors chatted all day the ship would drift from its course.

Write a letter! Not only will this provide you with an activity, it’s a great way to stay in touch and letters are great keep sake.  Remember the COVID Codes when arranging to post your letter.

Be active

There are so many ways to keep active; exercise routines online you can do in your bedroom or with family in the living room like Joe Wickes’ PE lessons every morning at 9am, and walking or jogging on your daily exercise allowance. 

But cleaning your room, helping around the house with chores, and stretching throughout the day, are all great ways to maintain your exercise levels while indoors too.

Sailors at sea come together on deck for Physical Training, designed to be done in close quarters! Check out Sea Cadets Physical Training and learn the new routine. Once you’ve mastered it, get your family involved and teach it to them!

Take notice

Use a diary to make a to-do list of the things you hope achieve each day.  Lists are a good way to help keep you focused. As well as writing in your diary also use emojis, symbols, drawings and colours to make it more interesting and personal. 

Also use your diary to make a note of how you have been feeling each day, what has your mood been like?  For example, how was your mood in the morning compared to the evening? How have the diffident things you have been doing affected how you feel?  Or you could just add an overall mood or feeling for the day.  Using your diary in this way will help you to see more clearly which things make you happy and which things make you feel less happy.  Taking a moment to notice how you feel can help you understand yourself better.

If you’re struggling with your mood, it’s good to talk. Have a chat with someone you trust, and check out resources at Young Minds or The Mix for mental health support.

Other things to try are apps such as Headspace – offering free guided meditation and mindfulness.

When outside for your daily exercise hour, really take notice of your surroundings, and see how many different types of wildlife you spot. Leave technology at home!

You can also try creating a new recipe or making a dish you’ve never had before from your own personal Galley. When tucking in, really take note of the flavours, could it be a new favourite recipe?

Tip: Remember to add all of these things to your diary too!

Learn

Your parents will have been sent ways for you to get involved with Virtual Sea Cadets at home. Join the www.facebook.com/SeaCadetsVirtualTraining page for extra resources to #FallinatHome. (Don’t worry if you can’t join in – Virtual Sea Cadets is not compulsory!)

Is there a country you really want to visit? Take some steps to begin to learn a new language or learn about the culture. There are 6,500 different languages, including one you may not first think of - British Sign Language.

If you have seeds or if you are able to order online for safe and non-contact delivery, you could create your own herb garden.  Sailors are great at making efficient use of food resources to last months underwater. You can grow your own herbs indoors or outside. As long as it’s somewhere that gets plenty of light. Don’t forget to note in your diary your plants’ progress.

 Give

Here’s how you can take social action, and help your community through peer support during the lockdown: 

Join the Threefor3 campaign– we’re calling on cadets to share your tips on how your keeping your wellbeing up, you can write, draw, or post them social media to #Threefor3 tagging 3 friends to keep it going! We hope this way, we’ll all help each other’s mental wellbeing through peer support. Tag @SeaCadetsUK too, so we can share your responses.

Get creative and create your own Rainbow poster in support of our NHS and other key worker heroes. Display it in your window to cheer our key workers on in your community as they’re on their way to work. We know that many of our Sea Cadet volunteers are key workers too. Tag us in your posts @SeaCadetsUK and we’ll share your posters!

Cadets on TikTok have been sharing their tips for keeping spirits up at home. Join the community @SeaCadetsUK.

At Sea Cadets, launching you for life to succeed in your future is our top priority.

If you feel you need extra wellbeing support please go to:

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.themix.org.uk/mental-health

www.sea-cadets.org/safeguarding   

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