Poole Sea Cadets have welcomed their three local BCP councillors to TS Drax.
Before the merger with Bournemouth and Christchurch Borough Councils in 2019, the Borough of Poole always had strong connections with the unit as TS Drax is located in the Poole Town Ward.
The three Poole Town councillors, Mark Howell, Andy Hadley, and L-J Evans, came on board for a tour followed by a briefing from SLt (SCC) Reece Oliver, RNR, Commanding Officer, and trustee Lee Hardy.
The councillors said: “It was amazing to see and hear about the wonderful work they do with up to 60 local 10 – 18-year olds. Whilst they provide training in numerous life skills, encourage physical and mental health and wellbeing, and offer nationally recognised qualifications, there is also an awful lot of fun.
“After the stresses and strains of the past year, it is more important than ever that our children and young people have safe, inclusive, environments like this to grow and develop … and enjoy themselves”.
The councillors saw a variety of practical training sessions and were made aware of the Unit’s 82-year history. They were told about the constant need as an independent charity for funding to maintain what is one of the largest Sea Cadet Units in the country. They were also briefed on a wish list for the future.
Cllr Mark Howell said: “I was pleased to see the Sea Cadets are thriving and helping young people from a wide range of backgrounds to gain valuable life skills.”
Cllr Andy Hadley said: “I was impressed by the work that Poole Sea Cadets do, ensuring that everyone can participate, and as an RYA centre, supporting Sea Cadet units across a wide geography.”
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