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Meet our volunteers

Coast Care have many great volunteers, including our lead volunteers that you will see regularly at our activities leading sessions. These volunteers are all leadership and first aid trained and a great addition to our team.

Karen Photo

Hi, I am Karen and I have been a Coast Care volunteer since moving to the Northumberland coast in 2017. My love of Northumberland began as a child enjoying many happy holidays. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation, and I also spend a lot of my time roadside litterpicking with 'Litterbugs' (a local group). My other interests include running and competing occasionally.

John Photo

Hello, my name is John I moved up to Northumberland in 2017, before that I was a master coffee roaster. I love rugby league, real ale, walking dog and nature in general. I started volunteering with coast care 14 months and me just qualified as a Marine mammal medic with BDMLR. I also work part time at Bamburgh Castle.

Andy S Photo

Hi good folks. My name is Andy Sisson a born and bred Northumbrian. I have am a volunteer in supporting Coast Care in implementing their better impact initiatives involved along our spectacular and important coastal areas. To assist in this process I have been selected and received training to assist and lead some of the beach cleans we undertake on a regular basis. I look forward to meeting like minded on the way in the battle to keep our beaches clean and help to protect our wildlife.

Lynne Photo

Hi, my name is Lynne. I was born and raised in Amble and have never lived out of the area. I am passionate about nature and wildlife, (especially badgers ) and after seeing Blue Planet, I had to do something about the plastic pollution. I have already massively reduced our household plastic and our family are part of a local litter picking group called Litterbugs. I love being outdoors and meeting people, so beach cleaning and litter picking suits me well. I am a Keep Britain Tidy litterhero and I have an interest in the Eco-Schools programme, as I have a son in first school. As a mother, I’m worried about climate change and pollution, and what sort of world our children will grow up in. If everyone did their bit to help, there’s still time to put things right.

Joyce Photo

I’m Joyce and I’m a native Northumbrian and feel very lucky to live here. We lived in the midlands for a while but came back every year to holiday on the coast until we were able to return permanently with our young family.

Outdoors, I love walking, cycling or just “fossicking” on the beach and am interested in all forms of natural history. Indoors I enjoy music, good books and the occasional spreadsheet.

I get quite agitated about how wasteful we are as a society so I do my best to keep stuff out of the bins, and I’m a bit of a plastic warrior at the supermarket

I’ve been a volunteer since 2017 and like to get involved in lots of different activities, from beach cleans to citizen science projects, anything that contributes to caring for our beautiful coastline and its hinterland.

Andy P Photo

My name is Andy and I had been a regular visitor to the North Northumberland Coast for over fifty years before finally deciding to settle here in 2016. I was first introduced to the area by my Grandparents in the Sixties and immediately fell in love with its natural beauty. The land of Coast and Castles has changed little over those years and its magic still resonates with me today.

I have always taken a great deal of pride in the environment that I live in so it was an easy decision to join like minded people in clean up and conservation orientated activities. As a volunteer with Coast Care I have had the opportunity to develop new skills, learn more about the environment and the wildlife we share it with but above all have met with some extraordinary people who are prepared to give up their free time to ensure this part of our coastline remains as beautiful as ever. 

Jane  Photo

Hello, my name is Jane, I’m passionate about protecting wildlife and acknowledge that clean beaches are of paramount importance, hence I volunteer for Northumberland coastcare I swim outdoors all year round, mostly in the North Sea (my next swim challenge is Antarctica 2020) I’m also a volunteer marine mammal medic for British Divers marine life rescue and I respond to marine mammals in distress on our coastline

Our Partners

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are working together with Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Seahouses Development Trust and Northumberland Coast AONB to look after our coastal environment.

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Bamburgh  Beach Clean

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"I met some wonderful people and really felt that my work helped make a difference to my local area."

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