Volunteers Week- Matthew
This year COAST have 2 seasonal volunteers, one of which is 23 year old Matthew, a marine biology graduate from Plymouth University. We asked Matthew to tell us a little bit about being a young volunteer.
As a seasonal volunteer for the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) I have enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in the community engagement side of marine conservation and I have gained valuable experience in this area.
So far the role has involved a variety of tasks, including first aid training and reviewing the COAST website. There is one ongoing project that I have got particularly stuck into, creating a timeline of COAST’s history, struggles and achievements. The research required, which involved long conversations with Howard Wood, the Chair and co-founder of COAST, was beneficial for me because of my previous unfamiliarity with the seas around Arran and its recent history.
Even though I have not been to Arran (or anywhere in Scotland) before I immediately felt welcome by COAST and the local community and their dedication to the protection of Arran’s seas and appreciation for its wildlife was clear to see.