06 FLEET ADVICE
Empowering young people to stand up to bullying
The NSPCC shares some tips on how to recognise and prevent bullying
From 16-20 November, schools and youth organisations will join together to ‘make a noise against bullying’ – the theme for national Anti-Bullying Week, organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance. Sea Cadets has signed up to be
part of this national awareness week, and units across the UK will dedicate a drill on a parade night to show their support for the week as they march out bullying. Bullying can affect anyone at
any age and at any time. We believe being a Sea Cadet can help a young person grow in self-confidence and self-belief through the activities we offer in a structured environment. We want to support young people
and empower them to have the confidence to be themselves. Plus we want to give volunteers the tools they need to help support young people in need. We’ve asked the NSPCC, the UK’s
leading children’s charity, to share some advice on how to recognise and prevent bullying:
How to spot it Victims of bullying often tell us that they try to ‘keep quiet’ or ‘stay out of the way’ of their bullies. So tell-tale signs like not wanting to speak up or not taking part in certain activities may give you a clue that a person is being bullied.
How to prevent it It’s really important that parents and adults help promote an open and accepting environment for all young people – everyone needs to feel like they are equal and that they can take part, regardless of who they are and what they look like. Young people need to understand
that the adults’ job is to support them and help keep them safe. Talking to friends or an adult about anything that bothers them needs to be encouraged. Everyone should know that it’s OK to talk and it’s OK to ask for help.
How to stay safe online We always advise that young people
“Everyone needs to feel like they are equal and that they can take part, regardless of who they are and what they look like help” The NSPCC shares its advice on helping young people feel safe and supported
Meet the team!
Each issue we introduce you to a member of the team, so you can get to know us better. This is Jane, Training Officer for volunteers
Name: Jane Carter Role: Training Officer for volunteers at Sea Cadets HQ
My Sea Cadets I joined in 2014 as Training Development Worker (Volunteers) and in 2015 I became Training Officer. I’ve volunteered in many youth organisations around Europe but we didn’t have Sea Cadets in Ireland so I never had the opportunity to join. I do have a sailing background though! I am an Advanced Dinghy Instructor. I decided I wanted to work here
after completing an MSc in Equality Studies; I wanted to have a positive influence on the lives of young people and adults across the UK.
My main duties I create and develop the training we provide to all our volunteers, which includes supporting them as they deliver creative and fun training for cadets. I’ve got a creative background
(I originally studied Fine Art Painting) so I think I bring a different perspective. I want to make training as accessible as possible and I’m creating eLearning courses to make it more flexible.
How my role supports the Corps By supporting and training volunteers to a high standard of instructing, the cadets are the ultimate beneficiaries. I support
the Corps by ensuring a high standard and modern approach that reflects best practice within youth development. I make sure the training we
provide meets the needs of each volunteer and, with the right support and guidance, allows them to positively affect the lives of the cadets.
The best bit is… Knowing the work I do will benefit thousands of young people. It’s really rewarding to be at the forefront of positive change that benefits volunteers and cadets.
avoid interacting with anyone online who they don’t know or trust. It can be really difficult, but they must try not to respond to any nasty messages or comments – save them, so that an adult can help stop that person from behaving in this way. It’s important that young people
set up safe profiles on social media sites so that security levels are high and only people they know and trust can have access to any of their information. Visit ChildLine (childline.org.uk
) to get more help with online safety and setting privacy settings.
Like many schools and youth groups, Sea Cadets has a zero tolerance on bullying and our volunteers are trained to spot and deal with bullying behaviour. Y
ou can read our guide and our
eLearning course on this here: sccheadquarters.com
Corps view: Building a career from Sea Cadets
Alex (right) when he was CO of Middleton and Chadderton Unit in 2011
Volunteer and former cadet Alex Malm, 26, has a bright future as a Development Scientist thanks to the time he has spent with Sea Cadets
Confidence building When I first joined Sea Cadets at 12, I was very shy and suffered from bullying at school. I had tried other clubs to boost my confidence, but nothing worked as well as Sea Cadets. I felt part of a larger and closely connected group. I knew where to go for help, and there was a mentoring system. Progressing through the training programme also helped with my self-esteem. Now I’m a National Advanced Drill Instructor, and it’s great to see other young people build confidence in the same way.
Valuable skills I have learnt a lot about leadership and management through Sea Cadets, having held a number of roles, including Commanding Officer of two units and Assistant District Officer. Outside the Corps, I have a Master’s in physics and have just completed my PhD. Throughout this I have had to present work to a range of audiences – I have always received compliments for this and have even won prizes! I attribute this to all the practice I gained through Sea Cadets, back to when I first prepared lessons for my Leading Cadet board.
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“Sea Cadets has helped me to achieve so much that people find it difficult to believe I’m only 26! ” Alex Malm, former Sea Cadet and volunteer
Volunteer of the issue
“The Sea Cadet Corps is like a second family”
Parent and volunteer Mark Zia, from Sherbourne Unit, talked to Fleet about fulfilling his childhood dream of joining Sea Cadets, and how sharing this experience with his son has brought them closer together
we have become even closer through being at Sea Cadets together, because we are sharing experiences, especially drill and seamanship.
What do you hope to bring to Sea Cadets? I am a proud Asian British Brummie – I was born in Birmingham and have lived there all my life. So I would like to encourage more children from different backgrounds and cultures to join, as this will help to enrich the experience and make it truly multi-cultural. I feel that being part of Sea Cadets will give me a lot of new experiences and skills. My goal is to become a Petty Officer and to advance in the Corps.
Mark has become closer to his son as a result of sharing the Sea Cadets experience
Mark as a Sea Cadet, aged 17
Why did you decide to join Sea Cadets? I wanted to join an organisation where I could draw on my experience from working in the travel industry, and use my interpersonal skills to help and encourage young people. When my son joined Sea Cadets, I realised it was the one for me and I could fulfil my childhood dream of joining the Corps.
How did your son react to you joining his unit? My son was proud of me becoming a volunteer. He was totally relaxed about it and both of us were learning new things. I have always been close to my son, but
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Getting ahead The skills I’ve learnt led to me being offered a manager position with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The assessment process was intense, with a full day of presentations, team exercises, networking tasks and debating – none of which fazed me. My Sea Cadets experience has helped me to achieve so much that people find it difficult to believe I’m only 26! Not only has it helped me in my career, but I also met my wife, Samantha, through Sea Cadets, so in many ways I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
Alex with his wife and son Alistair
Do we provide too many training courses for cadets?
instead on what we do well, such as nautical training. Anonymous
I feel that Sea Cadets provides the right amount of training courses for cadets. We benefit
hugely from opportunities such as learning first aid, which we can use as we move through our lives. The huge variety of
How did your unit make you feel welcome? The unit made me feel at home from the very beginning. The other volunteers welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like part of the team straight away. The Sea Cadet Corps is like a second family to me. It looks after its cadets and volunteers, and in turn we all look after each other and respect each other’s views, beliefs and values.
What advice would you give to other new volunteers? I would say to new volunteers that we are firstly there for the cadets, to offer them help, advice, time and understanding. To make them feel part of a team and to offer them the best skills and personal development, to make them good human beings and well-trained cadets.
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Opinion was divided, but some said that the wide
variety of courses makes Sea Cadets more inclusive Yes, I think we offer too much variety in the activities we do at Sea Cadets. We should focus
courses allows everyone to take part in something that they enjoy while they advance their knowledge and ability. Travelling to training courses also means we get to meet cadets from outside our district and area, whilst doing activities we enjoy. Sea Cadets allows every young person to participate no matter what the circumstances, and in my opinion this is how it should stay! Leading Cadet Reece, Hertfordshire District
“It’s really rewarding to be at the forefront of positive change that will benefit cadets and volunteers” Jane Carter, Training Officer at Sea Cadets
Ask the Corps
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING WITH SEA CADETS?
Email: volunteer@ ms-sc.org
Captain Sea Cadets, Captain Phil Russell RN and the team answer your questions about Sea Cadets.
to ask us a question!
OPERATIONS AND POLICY
Q. What is the guidance on members of Sea Cadets being members of political groups and associations?
A. The SCC takes a neutral approach to politics. Just because you’re a member of Sea Cadets doesn’t mean you can’t take part in politics, but you are not to allow your membership to be used in a political way, and should not wear uniform during political activities. We expect our members to reflect our core values – we are an inclusive charity and do not recognise groups or associations that promote one group over another.
Mark was nominated by Dave Rawlinson,
CO at Birmingham Sherbourne Unit. He said:
“Since joining less than a year ago, Mark has helped out with the new cadets and has
given them great zeal and drive to complete their qualifications. Mark is always
smiling and eager to help anyone. He is a credit
to himself, his family and his
community, and I am proud to have
him as a volunteer at the unit.”
or your unit!
NEXT BIG QUESTION
How can we give cadets a bigger voice in what we do?
Email your view (up
to 150 words), name, rank and unit to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your name and unit can be withheld on request. We’ll
print the two best responses in the
next issue and each will receive a £50 voucher for their unit to spend at
. You can also use your voucher towards an
offshore or onshore adventure!
Q. What’s the easiest way to communicate offshore vacancies to parents? Volunteers have access to the Training & Admin website and Westminster but we haven’t an easy way to get this info to parents quickly.
ADMINISTRATION AND WESTMINSTER
Q. To make the process easier for volunteers who manage thousands of bookings each year, can we do away with T24/5s? We currently have to print them, sign and scan back in or return them by post.
A. We are always looking for ways to reduce admin, but the ‘paper’ aspect of course bookings covers our requirement for gaining signed approval. This is especially important for cadets as it also covers approval and clearance from schools for taking part in Sea Cadets courses during the school term.
A. The first point of contact for parents should be the unit – they have instant access to the latest vacancies. Additionally, the National Booking Centre (NBC) is very happy to take calls from parents about offshore opportunities (02392-765046 or 02392-765102). Once vacancies have been identified with NBC staff, parents would then need to book places via the unit.
Q. The new Royal Navy No. 4s (RNPCS) are in surplus stores and online. Are cadets permitted to privately purchase and wear this new uniform before stock starts filtering down to the Corps, as with MTP PCS?
A. The new RN No.4s are not yet approved for SCC use, and in their current form are not appropriate for cadets to wear. Once the details of the roll-out are known, there will be an announcement.
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