Birmingham Stirling Sea Cadet Unit in Shard End is seeking new Trustees.

  • Do you have experience of being a treasurer, accountant or handling finances at any level?
  • Or Do you have administrative or secretarial experience?
  • Or Do you have fundraising experience?


At Birmingham Stirling Sea Cadet Unit in Shard End, we are seeking new Trustees. In particular, we aim to fill the three key roles of Treasurer, Secretary and Fundraiser.

If you would like the opportunity to apply your experience in a meaningful volunteer role to launch young people for life whilst also enhancing your skills, boosting your self-esteem and meeting new people, then you are looking in the right place.

The Sea Cadets is the UK’s leading maritime charity and provides a head start in life for young people through nautical adventure and fun. Our volunteers work, both directly with young people and behind the scenes, to help make a positive difference to teenagers who are often struggling in today’s world and their communities.

Birmingham Stirling Sea Cadet Unit, bases in Shard End, B34 7PT, is currently looking for enthusiastic and dedicated members to join its Unit Management Team (UMT). As a long-established Sea Cadet Unit, we provided life-changing opportunities for many young people and currently have 30 - 40 cadets from all over Birmingham and surrounding areas.

All Sea Cadet Units are run by volunteers. The UMT consists of volunteers that act as the unit’s trustees and comprise a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer as a minimum. The UMT is responsible for the manning, funding, safeguarding and health and safety of the unit and ensuring that operational and strategic aims are met.

About you:

In addition to the role specifics listed below;

You will be 18 or over
You will be reliable and committed to volunteering
You will be enthusiastic and keen to learn new things
You will be a good communicator
You will be tech-savvy and have no issues using IT Systems
You will be able to work as part of a team
You will be honest and trustworthy
You will be a role model to young people
although having the right attitude and a passion for improving the lives of young people are the most important things!

Benefits for you:

As well as the opportunity to be involved in various activities, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets also provide a wide range of courses to develop your personal and professional skills at little or no cost.
For UMT members, these courses include:

IT
Communication
Customer Service
Budgeting and Finance
Conflict Management and Negotiating
Leadership and Coaching
and many, many more

Volunteering with the Sea Cadets is a great way to gain experience, boost your CV and meet new people whilst giving back to the community and young people within it.

Role Descriptions:

Treasurer

Previous experience as a Treasurer within in charity or a similar role is desirable.

The tasks of a Treasurer include but are not restricted to the following:
Keeping up to date and accurate records of income and expenditure.
Ensuring regular written reports are submitted to the Trustees.
Ensuring that annual returns are completed and checked by the appropriate person.
Submitting returns and or any other forms to the relevant charity regulator.
To attend a monthly UMT meeting on a weekday evening (this is the only specific time commitment we ask for as most of the Treasurer’s work can be done on a casual basis from home).
Inputting data to quick books.

Secretary

Previous administrative or secretarial experience within in charity or in a similar role is desirable.

The tasks of a Secretary include but are not restricted to the following:
Send out calling notices and agendas for UMT meetings.
Take minutes at all UMT meetings and then send the minutes, including action points, to the relevant members.
Send out calling notices and agendas for the Annual General Meetings (AGM).
Take minutes of any AGM and then send the minutes to all relevant members.
Keep and collate the unit charity’s archives, including statutory notices such as insurance and liability certificates, terms of reference etc.
Attend a monthly UMT meeting on a weekday evening (this is the only specific time commitment we ask for as most of the Secretary’s work can be done on a casual basis from home).

Fundraiser

Previous fundraising experience within in charity, CIC, CIO or similar is desirable.

The tasks of a Fundraiser include but are not restricted to the following:
To be the lead person generating funds for the unit.
Identify fundraising sources with advice, guidance and support from the Marine Society and Sea Cadet Fundraising Team.
Develop links with local contacts and produce a database of potential funders.
Raise awareness of the unit to the local community with the support of other trustees responsible for marketing and communications.
Develop and encourage links with businesses.
To attend a monthly UMT meeting on a weekday evening. To also attend organised fundraising events (usually at weekends). All other work can be done on a casual basis, from home.

Ready to join?

If you think one of these volunteer roles are for you, then please do contact us with your CV and a Covering Letter and start the journey to making a difference to our young people’s lives.

Email: [email protected]

N.B. On becoming a volunteer, you will be asked to complete some mandatory virtual training which includes Safeguarding, Child Protection, Health & Safety, Governance and GDPR. We would also require you to complete an Enhanced DBS Check.