Sea Cadets with West Norfolk Mayor and Mayoress Geoff and Rose Hipperson and helpers at the annual presentation of awards in March. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

King’s Lynn Sea Cadets is looking for volunteers prepared to roll up their sleeves and make a difference to the lives of young people.

The unit has lots of roles to match skills and offers training for people with time to spare. Volunteers can show cadets how to sail, powerboat, kayak or windsurf and help is also needed to teach first aid, football, mountain biking, navigation and drill.

Petty Officer (SCC) Kurt Massen, the unit’s officer in charge, said: “We welcome all adults living in the area to pop in to the unit when we’re open to meet other volunteers and cadets, have a tour of the unit and have a chat about any roles that suit you. 

“Don’t be put off if you haven’t got any relevant qualifications, all you need is basic knowledge and lots of enthusiasm.”

New volunteers will be aided by a network of other volunteers and employees and, will be given an induction, training and support.

The unit has helped thousands of young people in Lynn and the surrounding area learn nautical skills. Currently, it has around 20 cadets and eight volunteers. 

There are also spaces for cadets aged 10 to 18. The TS Vancouver unit at St Margaret’s Lane is open Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. See www.sea-cadets.org/kingslynn for details.