Sea Cadets is a national youth charity that helps teenagers challenge themselves through a different kind of adventure and become the best they can be. Their aim is for young people to launch well in life, so they can cope with today’s world and thrive in it. They know what that takes because they have been doing it for over 160 years.

The charity understand how turbulent teenage years can be with the ever-changing pressures. Few children play out of home with others and remain indoors glued to social media due to the fear of being excluded. There is fierce competition and higher education is seen to be the only route to success. So Sea Cadets purpose is to help young people be equipped for life today,allowing them to stand out from everybody else and not feel lost. Sea Cadets provides opportunities that encourage young people to develop new ways of thinking and acting which improves their future: from learning to sail a tall-ship, power-boating, catering for a crew, taking part in a marching band, to engineering.

You might be surprised to hear...

Sea Cadets was founded in 1856.

The charity relies on donations for over 50% of their annual income which allows it to support 15,000 young people aged 10-18.

93% of Cadets say that the charity has helped them gain qualifications.

For every £1 spent, 93p is directly benefits Sea Cadets.

There are over 400 units across the UK, Malta & Bermuda, run by over 9,000 volunteers.

How donations can help…

£20 provides a unit a First Aid Kit to keep the cadets safe.

£40 provides a struggling teenager two weeks of support to build their confidence.

£80 gives a teenager who has withdrawn from life a chance to connect with new friends in a supportive place for a month.

£220 covers the cost of sending a teenager who finds life at school hard on a taster engineering course run by Sea Cadets.

Other ways to get involved!

Apart from fundraising for the charity, join one of their events or volunteer at one of its units. People can cycle, swim or run. This is where you can be extra creative and help young people at the same time!


202 Lambeth Road


Contact Number

020 7654 7000