Whether at sea or on land, Sea Cadets offers an environment where young people can find new confidence and inspiration and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Across the UK 14,000 cadets from 400 units, supported by 9,000 volunteers, are challenging themselves and developing new skills through lots of activities based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy, plus tons of adventure for the best possible head start in life.
Each Sea Cadet unit is an independent charity in its own right which must fundraise for its running costs while the parent charity of MSSC (Marine Society & Sea Cadets) funds the charitable infrastructure and provides national facilities. Our biggest supporter is the Royal Navy whose customs and traditions are at the heart of what we do.
Sea Cadet units are managed and run by committed volunteers. The unit management team (UMT) are volunteers and act as the unit’s trustees, headed up by unit chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer. The UMT is responsible for the running of the unit at a strategic and management level.
Each Sea Cadet unit must comply with all policies and procedures issued for the governance of Sea Cadets by, or on behalf of, the MSSC Council and the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The MOD underwrites the Sea Cadet training liability.
Purposes Primary Purpose: To support the UMT chairperson and other trustees to manage an effective and successful Sea Cadet unit and provide a safe, maintained and serviced unit.
Secondary Purpose: To be a charity trustee of the Sea Cadet unit and play an active role in the unit management team supporting the unit and its activities.
Specific roles/responsibilities The UMT trustee is a volunteering role. We ask you, collectively with your fellow UMT trustees, to: - Ensure that all the unit’s activities and matters are conducted legally and comply with charity regulations and MSSC policies and procedures. - Ensure the general welfare, safety and protection of volunteers and cadets when they are involved in unit matters or activities. - Provide a properly maintained, serviced, safe and secure unit premises. - To identify unit priorities and potential issues and maintain plans to address those issues. - Raise funds to pay for the running costs incurred by the unit. - Raise funds to provide the resources necessary for efficient and successful training in the unit and other projects as they arise.
- Ensure that the unit has a commanding officer (CO) and sufficient instructional volunteers to meet the training needs of the cadets. - To ensure that cadets are safeguarded from any form of abuse, and to take action if any form of abuse happens by following the MSSC Child Protection Policy and Procedures (ASCR 9) and seeking support/advice from the MSSC Safeguarding team as necessary.