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LIBOR FUNDING FOR SEA CADETS PORTAL

LIBOR FUNDING FOR SEA CADETS PORTAL

Sea Cadets is delighted to announce that a £304,000 LIBOR funding bid for a new cadet portal has been granted.

The announcement was made in today’s Budget, and paves the way for the interactive online gateway, Waypoint, which will allow 14,000 cadets to manage their training progression and personal development digitally.

The project is cadet-led, and aims to inspire competition, camaraderie and participation, consistent with how young people typically connect today. It will be accessible to all 14,000 sea cadets, who will be able to search, interact with the charity, progress their training and select courses and experiences that will build personal skills such as motivation, self-confidence, leadership, communication and team working.

Waypoint will also act as a spring-board to joining Sea Cadets, allowing young people to experience life-changing opportunities, such as offshore voyages and boating, all while earning nationally recognised qualifications. In turn, this improves life skills and physical and mental wellbeing, and helps teenagers to meet new people.

LIBOR funding is awarded to projects that support the UK’s Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities across the UK, and comes from fines collected from banks.

The portal is scheduled to launch in 2019.

MARINE SOCIETY AT CREW CONNECT

MARINE SOCIETY AT CREW CONNECT

Nick Chubb and Caroline Buckland of Marine Society attended 2017 Crew Connect Summit, that took place in Manila, Philippines 7-8 November. The Crew Connect Summit is the global conference for all aspects of crew management, such as training and welfare. The Marine Society were there to promote Marine Society's Learn@Sea programme, the book and crew library services and to join the debate about the future of crew management.

Sessions included discussions on controversial topics such as introduction of autonomous ships and digital technologies, through to training initiatives such as ‘coming ashore’, the transition of seafarers into shore-based careers - a campaign the Marine Society have supported in the UK. 

LORD MAYOR'S SHOW 2017

LORD MAYOR'S SHOW 2017

London Area Sea Cadets once again took to the capital's streets for the Lord Mayor's Show.

Viewers would have caught a glimpse of cadets and volunteers on the BBC's coverage of the event, which took place on Saturday. 

The Lord Mayor's Show is the world's oldest civic parade. This year's event included more than 7,000 participants on 140 floats, travelling through the historical heart of the City of London in honour of Charles Bowman, the 690th Lord Mayor of London. 

You can watch the show via: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ffqph. Sea Cadets is about 1:10:00 in.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICES 2017

REMEMBRANCE SERVICES 2017

Sea Cadets units up and down the country will pay their respects at Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday events this weekend.

Cadets will parade and lay wreaths at services, and they have also played a big part in this year's Poppy Appeal, helping local branches to raise money.

This year, cadets from London Area will be taking part in the national commemorations, including events at the Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Remembrance, and the National Cenotaph Parade.

Visit the Sea Cadets Facebook page next week for a selection of photos from the weekend. To submit yours, email: SCMag@ms-sc.org.

YOUNG PEOPLE ENJOY CADET CONFERENCE

YOUNG PEOPLE ENJOY CADET CONFERENCE

Teenagers from across the country came together at SCTC Weymouth for the annual Cadet Conference.

The event was held at the weekend (3-5 November), with 48 cadets taking part in a series of workshops and other activities.

The conference, which is now held annually, was introduced because cadets said they wanted to have a stronger voice when it came to the charity. Their contributions will be fed back at area conferences attended by volunteers, meaning the young people can shape the future of Sea Cadets as it moves forward.

A series of workshops were led by the charity’s six First Sea Lord cadets. They asked their fellow cadets questions on certain topics and encouraged debate, before feeding back to cadets, volunteers and employees later that day.

Later, working in teams in a Dragons’ Den-style session, cadets pitched new ideas for the charity to a panel from Sea Cadets’ London headquarters. This included ways to interact in the digital age – for example, the ways in which they would like to communicate with the charity, and what they would like to hear more or less about. They were asked to what extent Sea Cadets should embrace the digital age, and whether cadets should be allowed digital devices, such as mobile phones, at their respective units.

Young people also dressed up for dinner and enjoyed a quiz and other games.

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