Volunteering for Surfers Against Sewage: Beach Cleaning at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
The beauty of volunteering is you get to meet so many like-minded people who want to help!
This film was put together by Andy and Siemon, Voices From Wales – A Video Series From Mother Bear Productions for free so we are really grateful. Also a big thanks to the talented Tom Dibb for letting us use his music.
A lot of you will already know that Jaz and I are the Surfers Against Sewage regional reps for South Pembrokeshire. This is purely a voluntary role, so we don’t get paid!
Our main aim is to try to keep our many beaches clean and free from plastic rubbish by rallying volunteers to come and help us collect it all and then we try to sort it and recycle or reuse as much of it as possible. We run workshops and talks at festivals and events to try to create awareness of the issues around single use plastics and other pollution.
We have been organising beach cleans at Freshwater West since 2014 but unfortunately it is never truly clean. Despite many other organisations, volunteer groups, schools and businesses also doing cleans we still have a huge problem with the ‘micro plastics’. It is an endless task picking these tiny fragments of plastic which come from bigger pieces broken down by the ocean and weather.