Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie has awarded new sea cadets their promotion bands during a visit to the youth organisation’s base in the town.
Ms Baillie met with Lieutenant Adam Whitehead, Commanding Officer, and the Cadets of T S Severn Sea Cadets on Monday.
The cadets had a ceremonial session at the beginning of the visit so that Ms Baillie was able to watch. Following the promotion awards, she was asked to inspect their uniforms and speak with each of them.
There are currently 25 cadets at Stroud, ranging from ages 10-18 and 15 adult volunteers. The cadets often go off on weekends and weeks away to on and offshore events to learn a number of different skills including first aid and sailing.
For families that are unable to afford for their child to go on the courses, there are bursaries available.
“I was very impressed with all the cadets and the adult volunteers who turned out so smartly for their meeting,” said Ms Baillie.
“Speaking to the cadets, it was obvious what a friendly and confident group they are. They clearly enjoy their time together but the skills they are learning will stand them in good stead into adult life.
“This charity is undertaking sterling work for our local young people. They teach discipline, resilience and teamwork – all skills much needed in the wider world. One young man told me that having cadet service on his CV assisted him to secure a much sought after aerospace apprenticeship.
“Thank you to Lt Whitehead for allowing me to visit and see the brilliant work taking place to develop the next generation of our citizens. Please support them if you can and think about joining up.”