The unit in Wolverhampton has been a proud part of the city since its formation in 1943, we moved a few hundred metres to our present home in 1946 and have made an established presence in the city ever since.
Since recently becoming appointed Officer in Charge of Training Ship Newfound I have ambitious plans for the unit and her Staff and Cadets. The money would be used in a number of key areas to create new training opportunities in the unit for not only the Cadets in the West Midlands but also those of the South West.
1) Renovation of the unit kitchen: this is vital to allow the unit to host stop over activities ensuring those staying at the unit can be catered for. This will also allow the unit to start running Catering courses for the Cadets, teaching them valuable skills in how to prepare and cook food starting off with basic dishes and eventually working up to a full three course meal.
2) Conversion of the unit boat shed into 2 additional classrooms and an additional cabin: these 3 new rooms would maximise the use of space within the unit to not only increase teaching space but also allow for the eventual creation of a new Royal Marine Cadet Detachment further increasing the opportunities available to Cadets. this conversion would also be the final piece of the jigsaw to allow the unit to hold courses and increase the amount of young people who can benefit from the program and safe space that the Sea Cadets can offer.
3) Additional minor renovation work: Finally the unit is still in need of some minor additional work to further improve our facilities. these include some repairs to the roof, decorating and equipping of our existing classrooms to further improve the experience of the Ship's Company as well as some ground work to make our outside space usable for training in the summer months.
This ambitious project would increase the number of beneficiaries ten fold and allow more young people to get the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and fun all whilst based on the Traditions and ethos of the Royal Navy.