An organisation with groups based in South Tyneside is appealing for new members.
Tyne South Sea Cadets is calling for people to come on board this February to see how being a cadet or volunteer can make a difference to their lives.
There are six units, including South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn are welcoming new volunteers and cadets as part of the organisation’s national campaign, #NeverOrdinary, which runs throughout the month and aims to raise awareness of what the charity can offer.
As sea cadets, young people aged between 10 and 17 can enjoy local activities including power boating, rock climbing, sailing, rowing, mountain biking or first aid giving them self-belief and boosting their CVs.
In a recent survey, 94% of parents said they felt their child’s self-confidence, motivation and team-working had “greatly improved” at sea cadets.
Volunteers, meanwhile, can earn qualifications while helping young people to develop and flourish.
Chris Healy, Tyne South’s district officer, said: “Sea cadets offers so many opportunities to both adults and young people.
“It is important to remember that we are an independent charity that relies on volunteers in the local community to help make a positive difference to the lives of so many children and teenagers.
“If you think you could help us, please get in touch.
“Likewise, if you are between the ages of 10 and 17 and are interested in becoming a sea cadet, we would love to hear from you.”
To find out more on the local groups, visit www.sea-cadets.org or search Tyne South Sea Cadets on Facebook.