Here is a message from Sidmouth Cllr Simon Pollentine, STC representative on the Jurassic Coast and chair of the town's tourism committee:
On the 28th of November from 10am to 1pm there will a meeting at Knowle, Sidmouth in the Council Chamber where members of the Jurassic Coast team will discuss current developments and present items of interest.
This is part of a ‘roadshow’ travelling the coast looking for volunteers in each community to take on the role of Ambassador – the role will be explained at the meeting but if anybody is already interested please contact Simon Pollentine by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a Jurassic presence at the Sidmouth Science Festival...
Become an Ambassador for the Jurassic Coast
Do you have a commitment to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and your local area, and do you want to help make a difference? We would like people who can be just what the title implies;Ambassadors for the World Heritage Site on their doorstep.
Why does the Jurassic Coast need Ambassadors? Under the terms of the World Heritage Convention, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) require that World Heritage Sites become a "function in the life of the community". In other words, World Heritage Sites must have meaning to the people who live and work around them.
Since well before 2001, many people have been giving up their time to undertake a variety of roles to help the Jurassic Coast, including giving talks, walks, volunteering at events, picking up beach litter, and so on. The contribution that these individuals have made has been outstanding.
As we are approaching ten years of the World Heritage Site status, we would like to formally acknowledge the efforts of these individuals by recognising them as Ambassadors for the Jurassic Coast. In addition, we would like to recruit new Ambassadors.
In very general terms we are looking for people who care about the Jurassic Coast, are prepared to be an advocate for it as part of their everyday lives, and can be active in the role.
The time commitment for this will be as much or little as each individual is able to give, and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all' package. Anyone wanting to be an Ambassador might undertake any one or more of a range of roles, such as:
- Help out at events to promote and raise awareness of the Jurassic Coast WHS
- Talk to businesses about the benefits of the Jurassic Coast
- Promote the Jurassic Coast to Tourists
- Act as expert guides for walks
- Give talks about their specialist area of knowledge
- Recruit Friends of the Jurassic Coast
- Write articles for local newsletters and magazines
- Support and volunteer for local Jurassic Coast Visitor Centres
- Help organise beach-cleans or other conservation activities
We are looking to roll this scheme out over in early 2012, so if you are interested in getting involved, please register as a Friend [Link] of the Jurassic Coast first, and in your email put "Ambassador" in the subject line and tell us a little about you in the body of the message.
Many thanks, Sam Rose, Team LeaderBecome an Ambassador - Jurassic Coast
Sidmouth Science Festival - The Jurassic Coast Team