Mervin Sharp BCAv
For three decades Mervin has been committed to helping young people of London through the Sea Cadet Corps, the local youth offender team, and through academic governance. He firmly believes in giving all young people the opportunity to thrive. When he started to volunteer with the Croydon Sea Cadet Unit, the unit was homeless due to premises being destroyed by fire and on the verge of closure. Each unit is a separate charity with no rights to accommodation on Ministry of Defence properties. Determined to find a solution, Mervin worked tirelessly with the Greater London Reserve Army and Cadets Association and managed to secure accommodation. His next task was to build up the unit which initially had just six cadets, but soon grew to 49 cadets now enlisted.
In addition to his sea cadet volunteering, Mervin has worked with over 1,000 young offenders within the Croydon area, working closely with them and other agencies to engage and stop re-offending. Mervin attends 100’s of panel meetings per year in his role at the Youth Offender Team and brokers contracts with the young people to repair the harm their offending has caused, offering help with education, training placements and providing support.