Become a Rep
We have a fantastic group of ambassadors in most of the key surf and watersports locations around the country. They all contribute in their own way — organising local beach cleans and campaign actions, reacting to and reporting pollution incidents, right through to advising us on campaign policy or media work. This makes a huge difference to Surfers Against Sewage, our members and, most importantly, the marine environment.
Many thanks for your interest in becoming a Regional Rep for Surfers Against Sewage. The role is a voluntary position that can fit around each individual’s professional and personal commitments. It is tailored to bring out the skills, contacts, experience and expertise each individual can offer.
Our network of voluntary Regional Reps is a huge asset to our on-going campaigns and projects, delivering fantastic results for all our projects. Whether rallying local support for Protect Our Waves issues, organising community beach cleans, contributing to campaign policy or simply helping recruit new members, it all makes a massive difference. We just ask for time, passion & commitment.
You don’t need to be a surfer to become an SAS Rep, just someone who cares passionately about protecting waves, oceans and beaches and, of course, who believes in Surfers Against Sewage.
Please send your CV and covering letter telling us about why you want to become an SAS Rep and which region, town or beach you’d like to represent. Email to jack [at] sas [dot] org [dot] uk or send to Surfers Against Sewage, Unit 2 Wheal Kitty Workshops, Wheal Kitty, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0RD.
Regional Reps agree to:
- Attend an annual SAS Reps training weekend.
- Positively promote SAS and its campaigns in the local area and to the local community.
- Lead, help organise or attend SAS campaign actions, both national and local.
- Recruit local members, activists and supporters to SAS campaign actions locally and nationally.
- Organise at least two beach cleans in their region annually.
- Act as SAS‘s local ‘beach guardian’, keeping abreast of local water-users’ concerns, regional pollution incidents and potential threats to waves or the wider coastal environment in the area.
- Promote SAS‘s national campaign strategies to the local surf, watersports and wider community, and the local media.
- Endeavour to meet local MPs, councillors and business leaders to engage them with SAS‘s ongoing mission to protect and conserve the coastal environment and surfing waves.
- Liaise with local surf clubs, university surf clubs and other watersports associations to ensure they are engaged with current SAS campaigns.
- Promote the benefits of SAS membership to local community stakeholders.
- Act as a regional media spokesperson for SAS where required.
- Become a direct SAS point of contact for the community, responding to queries promptly, accurately and professionally whether emails or telephone calls. Where responses require greater levels of information they can be passed on to SAS head office.
- Supply SAS with images of local supporters, members, activities, pollution incidents.
- Undertake online promotion of SAS, directing contacts to SAS’s Facebook Page, Twitter, the SAS website and other sites of interest.
- Promote any SAS petitions, national campaigns and other activities.
- Ensure that they do not to bring the name of SAS, associated partners or the campaigns into disrepute.
- Become a positive role model for SAS, surfers, the community and the environment.
Adhere to SAS’s environmental policy:
- Wherever possible unnecessary use of energy will be eliminated.
- Reduce the need to transport people and goods and encourage low impact travel.
- Purchase goods and services that cause least harm to the environment.
- Avoid waste and promote the conservation, reuse and appropriate recycling of resources.
- Constantly strive to source materials with the lowest environmental impact.
- Encourage community awareness of their responsibility for the environment.
- Promote understanding and participation in environmental issues through education, scientific reports, engaging activists, information provision and consultation.
- Work with and encourage other organisations, local stakeholders companies and sponsors to protect the environment.