Dartford & Crayford Unit 99 Of The Sea Cadet Corps
Registered Charity Number: 302726
Our Mission Statement at Dartford & Crayford Sea Cadets Unit mirrors that of the parent Sea Cadets Corps.
The Sea Cadets offers youngsters across the UK amazing opportunities for personal development - by learning new skills and working in teams - we offer an environment where young people find new confidence and inspiration. 14,000 young people based in 400 units across the UK are challenging themselves and developing new skills, like sailing, boating and rock climbing - supported by 9,000 volunteers. Each Unit has its own individual charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets. We work in partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
Sea Cadets are aged between 10 and 18 they learn vital life skills like leadership and team working via nautical adventure activities, which helps boost confidence and give young people a head start in life. Many of the qualifications in activities that sea cadets can acquire such as boating, marine engineering and public service are nationally accredited. Also gained are life skills including loyalty, courage, determination, teamwork, self-discipline, honesty and integrity and leadership.
The Dartford and Crayford Sea Cadet Unit was founded during the Second World War and has provided thousands of Cadets with stability and training in a formal, Royal Navy based, environment for over 70 years. There are presently over 30 cadets within the Unit meeting twice a week alongside Brooklands Lake in Dartford. The Cadets are also seen regularly at local civic functions (such as Remembrance Day or Mayorís functions) and present themselves in a way that makes one proud of what the local youth can do when properly encouraged.
Each unit within the Sea Cadet Corps is self-financing; it receives no financial support from the Royal Navy. At the Dartford Unit we have been able, on occasions, to bid successfully for support for specific projects
Our Dartford & Crayford Sea Cadets Unit always welcomes new faces, we parade throughout the year on every Tuesday and Thursday evenings and hold activities on many weekends during the spring and summer.
WE AIM TO: Give boys and girls (10 to 18 years) the best fun they've ever had - with a serious side too. The cadet unit works hard to be accessible to all youth. We teach life skills from engineering, first aid, navigation, and seamanship to cookery. We also provide the opportunity to join and complete the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program. TRAINING: Fit for life. There are sports and outdoor activities (e.g. kayaking, shooting, windsurfing, sailing, drill, camping/survival, first aid & orienteering) to get involved in. All cadets of all ages will get the opportunity to go away and attend courses, take trips on Royal Navy ships, sail on board the latest Sea Cadet's square rigged flagship TS Royalist and attend a variety of training camps.
We the members of the Unit Management Committee (Trustees) of which there are 13 of us elected each year on to the board at an Annual General Meeting that is made up of the parents and guardians of sea cadets, a former Royal Navy Commander and Lt Commander, a Doctor and a local Councillor and others who have an interest in our unit i.e. former sea cadets etc. recognise, the importance of thinking outside of the box in terms of fundraising methods for our sea cadet unit. We like so many smaller charities are finding it increasingly difficult to raise funding from Local Authorities, Businessís, Grant Funding Trusts and bodies as well as the general public through donations in the present economic climate.
Any direct help through grant funding from the kind generosity of the public would assists us greatly in achieving our long-term goal and aim of being more self-reliant and give us some much needed breathing space to be able to formulate and put in to place a 12-18 month plan in which to reach a point whereby we are on our way to being able to be self-reliant and meet all our core costs and repair and maintenance bills and to be able to send our sea cadets and volunteer staff away on weekend and weeklong training exercises and courses at various sea cadet on and offshore establishments across the southern area as well as Royal Navy and British Army on and offshore bases.
We do not have reserve funds that would assist us to carryout costly repair and maintain our unitís buildings and boats. We carryout such repairs that are not costly and can be carried out as cost effective or no cost at all by our volunteer staff or repairs that are needed according to health and safety requirements and stipulations within our insurance policies. We have set ourselves a minimum budget of £1,200.00 as a monthly sum we desperately need to raise via fundraising that would just about cover our estimated core day to day running costs. This budget will not provide for any major maintenance and repairs.
All funds that we raise through generous donations from you the public will go to several much needed key items of expenditure on our list of priorities that we have identified. (1) To give our unit back much needed reserves to be able to build upon for the next 12 months. (2) To be able to help us meet our day to day core running costs of rent, rates, water rates and other utilities, broadband and telephone costs, postage, stationery and other stationery and admin costs, insurances, MOT and vehicle running costs for a minibus, (3) repairs to premises and equipment boats etc. (4) to be able to purchase any necessary training equipment and (5) to provide financial assistance by way of a bursary at the Unit Managements Committee's / Trustees discretion towards on-going training at Royal Navy and Sea Cadets Corps on and offshore facilities, as training and teaching our cadets and volunteer staff lies at the very basis of The Sea Cadet Corps.ethos in providing the very best the service has to offer as part of the highly acclaimed Sea Cadet Experience. We currently have 3 ex cadets serving in the Royal Navy and several current cadets who have shown an interest in going in to the Royal Navy when they leave school. Many of our former cadets have taken their life changing experiences and skills learnt at sea cadets with them in to their chosen fields of employment and professions. We regularly receive correspondence from former sea cadets at our unit thanking the unit and the Sea Cadets Corps for guiding them through their adolescence and shaping their younger lives.
Unit Management Committee Fundraising Coordinator
Dartford & Crayford Unit 99 Of The Sea Cadet Corps
40 Main Road
Phone: 01474 707098
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