Volunteers needed to help Sea Cadets Unit

Ballymena Sea Cadets with Mayor Audrey Wales at a recent ceremony
Ballymena Sea Cadets with Mayor Audrey Wales at a recent ceremony

Volunteers are being sought to to help run Ballymena’s Sea Cadet unit which enables young people from the area to get a head start in life through nautical adventure and fun.

Ruth Verner, Chair of Ballymena Sea Cadets, said: “We need the help of local people who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and potentially make a huge positive difference to the lives of lots of young people from our region.

“We have lots of uniformed and non-uniformed roles ranging from working directly with the cadets to behind the scenes management. You don’t need experience to join us as full training is provided. Everyone has a part to play to ensure young people get the best possible head start in life.”

Sea Cadet volunteer Jayne Parkhill: “I’ve been volunteering for a few years and have gained a lot of nationally recognised qualifications. I have also been offered free training which has equipped me with the skills I need to give our cadets a fantastic experience. Working full time and having family means I am busy, but volunteering in this way with my free time is so rewarding.”

Ballymena Sea Cadets have vacancies for adult volunteers to join the team and help give young people ahead start in life. I Call Neal on 07919 123 296 or email nsomerville@ms-sc.org. For more information, go to www.sea-cadets.org

Sea Cadets offers an inspirational environment for young people aged 10 – 18 to challenge themselves and personally develop though nautical adventure based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy.

This helps young people to build a sense of identity, positively impacting their life chances, from improved post-16 destinations in employment and training to see an increased participation in communities.