Role: Volunteer Secretary Trustee
Organisation and Location: Sea Cadets – Birmingham Stirling Sea Cadets

Do you have administrative or secretarial experience?

Would you like the opportunity to apply this 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?

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.

We are currently looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Secretary to join its Unit Management Team (UMT). We have a long-established Sea Cadet Unit that has provided life-changing opportunities for many young people. We currently have 40 -60 cadets who come from all over the Birmingham and surrounding areas.

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. The UMT is responsible for the manning, funding, safeguarding and health and safety of the unit in addition to ensuring that operational and strategic aims are met.

About the Volunteer Secretary role:

About you:

Previous administrative or secretarial experience is desirable, although having the right attitude and a passion for improving the lives of young people are the most important things! If you think the person specification below sounds like you, then please get in touch:

· You will have some prior secretarial experience (desirable)
· 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 able to work as part of a team
· You will be honest and trustworthy
· You will be a role model to young people

Benefits for you:

As well as the opportunity to be involved in a range of activities, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets also provides a wide range of courses to develop your personal and professional skills at little or no cost.

For UMT members these courses include:

Customer Service
Budgeting and Finance
Conflict Management
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.

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 as most of the Secretary’s work can be done on a casual basis from home).

Ready to join?

If you think this volunteer role is for you then please email your CV and Covering Letter to: [email protected]  and find out how you can start making a difference, or contact the unit directly for more details.

On becoming a volunteer, you will be asked to complete some mandatory training which includes Safeguarding and Child Protection. We would also require you to undertake an Enhanced DBS.

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