King's Lynn, Norfolk
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Job description

Do you have enthusiasm and a passion for working with young people from a variety of backgrounds?


Would you like the opportunity to apply this passion in a meaningful role to launch young people for life, whilst also enhancing your skills, boosting your self-esteem and meeting new people?


The Sea Cadets is the UK’s leading maritime charity and provides a head start in life for young people through nautical adventure and fun. Our volunteers work, both directly with young people and behind the scenes, to help make a positive difference to teenagers who are often struggling in today’s world and their communities.

Kings Lynn Sea Cadets, based on St Margaret’s Lane, is currently looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join their team as Sea Cadet Instructors. Kings Lynn is a long-established Sea Cadet Unit that has provided life-changing opportunities for many young people. We currently have 20 cadets who come from all over the Kings Lynn area.


What is a Sea Cadet Instructor?

Whether you opt to be a uniformed leader, or wear your own clothes, you can be hands-on, teaching cadets at Kings Lynn unit. You'll run lessons, activities, games, projects and events that help cadets progress through The Cadet Experience, gaining qualifications and confidence as they go. A role at Kings Lynn unit is ideal if you can support local young people on a regular or semi-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.

Whatever your experience and skills, they could be utilised to help young people flourish – catering, archery, meteorology, navigation, orienteering, first aid, engineering, photography, marketing, football coaching, IT, social media, finance, driving - there is no limit. Whatever your interest, you could bring it to Kings Lynn unit.

You could also share your skills out on the water with the next generation, through the opportunity to teach water sports such as kayaking, sailing, powerboating, canoeing, rowing and windsurfing. If you don’t have any water sport qualifications, we’ll provide you with all the equipment, training and the opportunity to gain national qualifications with the Royal Yachting Association for example. All you need is lots of enthusiasm!

About the Volunteer Instructor role:

The tasks of an Instructor include but are not restricted to the following:

• Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of Children and Young People for whom they are responsible.

• Delivering instruction and training to adults and cadets of the Sea Cadets in the subjects of the Sea Cadets syllabus and others as required by the Commanding Officer.

• Assisting with the administrative functions of the Unit.

• Undertaking role or activity training within the Unit and elsewhere to allow performance of any of the above tasks.

• Attending Parade Nights (insert days) or being able to commit to a particular night each week or month.

About you:

There are no specific educational or experience requirements for this role; having the right attitude and a passion for improving the lives of young people are the most important things! If you think the person specification below sounds like you, then please get in touch:

• You will be 18 or over

• You will be reliable and committed to volunteering

• You will be enthusiastic and keen to learn new things

• You will be a good communicator

• You will be able to work as part of a team

• You will be honest and trustworthy

• You will be a role model to young people


Benefits for you:

As well as the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets also provides a wide range of courses to develop your personal and professional skills at little or no cost.

For Instructors these courses include:

• Boating Courses (including Instructor Level)

• Seamanship

• Drill

• Catering

• First Aid

• Youth Development

• Basic Leadership Course (and many, many more).


Volunteering with the Sea Cadets is a great way to gain experience, boost your CV and meet new people, whilst giving back to the community and young people within it.


Ready to join?

If you think this volunteer role is for you then please do click apply and find out how you can start making a difference, or contact the unit directly for more details.

On becoming a volunteer, you will be asked to complete some mandatory training which includes Safeguarding and Child Protection. We would also require you to undertake a DBS Check at no cost to you.


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Posted on: 23 October 2020
Closing date: 21 January 2021
Tags: Training, Volunteer Management

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