Bebington Sea Cadets makes a huge impact on the local community which is one of the most deprived areas in the country and has been supporting the young people and community since 1963. Financial assistance is required for the sustainability of the unit, moving forward and being able to help young people of all disabilties. Majority of our young people come from impoverished families and some struggle to even pay the weekly donations. Many of the young people we support within the community have poor mental health and we mentor and offer peer support whilst encouraging mental wellbeing. We aim to guide them towards responsible adulthood, with good personal attributes and outlooks , high standards of conduct, developing teamwork and respect for others, within an ethos which encourages ambition and aspiration whilst embracing our core values of Discipline - Integrity - Respect - Loyalty and Commitment.
I have been part of this team for six years. M daughter is 17 and joined Bebington Sea Cadets when she was 11. One evening when I went to pick her up she had volunteered my name to become a staff member and help out within the unit, totally threw me in at the deep end as I had no idea about anything to do with the Armed Forces. But the unit was very welcoming and made me feel like part of the team as soon as I walked through the doors. I'm now in uniform and doing courses and learning things I never thought I would. I now have a power boat licence and have done courses in Seamanship and Marine Engineering.
We offer so many courses to young people to learn new things and if we do get this money it would go towards a new toilet block and disabled facilities because with having such an old building we havent been able to cater for all children's needs. We are also looking to help other groups in our community as our area had an explosion a few years back and a lot of community buildings where destroyed, this way we can help other communities out too, by renting the building to them on evening that we dont use it .