Community Volunteer Engagement and Beach Cleans


A Marine Litter campaign

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Community Volunteer Engagement and Beach Cleans

The campaign

Surfers Against Sewage is calling for individuals, communities and businesses to support and participate in activities to protect the coastline from marine litter including beach cleans and education events.

Surfers Against Sewage aims to mobilise between 10,000 – 12,000 community volunteers in 2015 across our community beach cleans, campaign activities and other outside events.

The charity’s vision is to build its grassroots volunteering capacity to engage, train and mobilise a network of up to 25,000 community beach clean volunteers by 2020. As part of this target, by 2020, Surfers Against Sewage aims to deliver 1,000 beaches cleans and implement 5,000 beach litter surveys annually as part of our on-going marine litter campaign commitments.

Each year, through projects such as our Big Spring Beach Clean, Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project , Autumn Beach Clean Series, Volunteer Led Beach Cleans, SAS organises hundreds of beach cleans and mobilises many thousands of volunteers,  removing many tonnes of this harmful marine litter. In 2014 alone over 9715 people volunteered at 335 SAS beach cleans removing almost 60 TONNES!

We’re proud of this but with your help we can, and must, do much more. In a year where we begin to deliver on our vision to reduce litter on UK beaches by 50% by 2020, SAS need your help more than ever before. Therefore we are encouraging all UK beach lovers to join the SAS Beach Clean programme and organise community beach cleans at your favourite beaches in 2015.

SAS exists to protect the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for everyone to enjoy safely and sustainably. Those of you who volunteer your time to help us achieve this are priceless and we can’t wait to hear about your SAS beach cleans.

For all beach clean enquiries contact SAS Campaigns and Education Manager Dom Ferris at dom [at] sas [dot] org [dot] uk or call 01872 555953.

The marine litter crisis is a major issue hitting beautiful beaches right around the UK. The SAS Big Spring Beach Clean empowers communities and educates the public on how we can all play our part in turning the tide of marine litter.

Hugo Tagholm, SAS Executive Director

Get involved

To organise your own SAS Beach Clean simply follow the step by step guide below. (Note: In order for your event to be covered by SAS’s Public Liability Insurance, volunteer beach clean organisers must complete steps 1-6)

  • 1. Download the SAS Volunteer Beach Clean Organiser Pre-clean Checklist and use it to monitor your progress whilst organising the beach clean. Download document
  • 2. Download the SAS Beach Clean Beach Manager Notification letter, fill in the details of your beach clean and email to the enquiries email address of your local borough council or the beach owners at private beaches (copy and paste "FAO Beach Management Team – Volunteer Beach Clean" into the subject field of the email). Please send this no later than 4 weeks before your beach clean. Download document
  • 3. Download, read and understand the SAS Mandatory Beach Clean/Event Safety Guidelines. Use to complete your Risk Assessment. Download document
  • 4. Download, print off and complete the SAS Beach Clean Risk Assessment Template for your individual beach. Have a copy of this completed document at your beach clean event. Download document
  • 5. Download and print off the SAS Public Liability Insurance Document. Have a copy of this at your beach clean event. Download document
  • 6. Download and print off a number of the SAS Beach Clean Volunteer Sign-in Sheets to use at your event, then post them back to SAS HQ. Download document
  • 7. Download the SAS Beach Clean Marine Litter Factsheet and use it to create your own marine litter talk. Download document
  • 8. Download the SAS Volunteer Beach Clean Schedule and use as guidance to ensure your event runs smoothly. Download document
  • 9. After your beach clean please download, complete and return the SAS Beach Clean Post-clean Feedback Form to dom [at] sas [dot] org [dot] uk Download document
  • We also ask that you familiarise yourself with the documents below: - SAS Child Protection Policies - SAS Photographs and Images of Children Guidelines (Child Protection in Sport Unit) - SAS First Aid Kit Contents Guidelines Download document
  • Once you have done everything to ensure that you have organised a safe and responsible beach clean, you may want to add a personal touch to your event. This may be by making your own SAS Beach Clean Banner, integrating an SAS marine litter campaign task such as Return To Offender or recycling the plastic bottles you find.

Campaign timeline

Key campaign dates


Beach clean record!

SAS organises the biggest ever UK beach clean, setting an unofficial UK record of 314 beach clean volunteers. This record will contribute to an unprecedented year of SAS volunteering, with a target of 5,000 beach clean volunteers, the continued development and training of 40 highly skilled Regional Reps and more experts contributing to the organisation than ever before.