National youth charity Sea Cadets is encouraging students to see how they can make a difference to young people, to mark Volunteers Week 2017.

A number of roles are available at more than 400 units across the country, which students can fit in around their studies and social lives. Students can put their degrees to good use and give their CVs a boost, as volunteers are needed in areas ranging from managing finances and budgets, fundraising and organising events, to teaching cadets first aid, navigation, drill, sailing, powerboating, kayaking and windsurfing.

Sea Cadets offers land-based and water-based adventure for 10- to 18-year-olds – but without volunteers, this would not be possible. That is why it is marking Volunteers’ Week 2017, which runs from 1 June to 7 June and recognises the thousands of people across the country helping out in their communities.


Katie Reilly, 24, is currently at the University of Birmingham, where she is doing a PhD researching microplastics in the environment. She volunteers at Coventry Sea Cadets in her spare time and has qualifications and new skills as a result.

“I love volunteering,” she said. “When I first became a sailing instructor, one kid was struggling to go about. On day four, he got it. Seeing how much he enjoyed it, it was such a nice feeling.

“It’s great to help young people like that. Working with children that age is so interesting. They engage so much with different things. I really do enjoy it.”

Volunteers receive full support, as well as training and an induction. Currently, Sea Cadets has 9,000 volunteers across the UK at 400 units, where young people enjoy activities such as sailing, drill, first-aid training and band practice, helping to boost their confidence and self-belief.

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