Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB)
Shoreham Beach is an internationally significant vegetated shingle beach. It is home to many specialised plants that have adapted to survive the harsh coastal conditions where lack of fresh water and nutrients are compounded by the fierce winds and waves. It is also an important habitat for invertebrates and breeding.
Vegetated shingle beaches are extremely rare, as most coastal shingle is too mobile to support plant communities. Shoreham Beach is one of Britain’s best examples and is internationally renowned.
The Government recognised the importance of this very special place when it declared Shoreham Beach’s 26 hectares a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in 2006.
About Friends of Shoreham Beach
The Local Nature Reserve is managed by the Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB) under the auspices of the Parks Department of the Adur & Worthing Councils and with advice from experts.
FoSB is an unincorporated association run by a committee of nine enthusiastic and highly committed volunteers; and supported by local people. As the Council’s capacity to lead has gradually diminished in recent years, FoSB’s remarkable volunteers have stepped up to take the lead in managing the LNR and educate local people and visitors about the special nature of Shoreham Beach.
This is thriving group with a new website, over a thousand Facebook followers, 53 paid up members, expert supporters and many corporate and community partners. It runs regular education and public engagement events including rock pooling, wildlife, birdwatching, beach cleaning, recording and monitoring.
FoSB is also active in many aspects of development in the Shoreham area, relating to the beach. It initiated a petition for the boardwalk that now runs between Ferry Road and Shoreham Fort, soon to be extended to Beach Green. And it has met with company ecologists over plans for the cafe on Shoreham Beach Green and the planting of suitable marine plants for the new beach entrance at Ferry Road and the new car park at Shoreham Fort.
About the Chair’s role
FoSB is currently led by its remarkable Chair, Jacky Woolcock who has been involved since 2007. Under her passionate and skilful leadership, the group has gone from strength to strength.
Jacky feels it is time to hand over the reins to someone else to ensure the group’s sustainability. Jacky has been heavily involved in many aspects of the group’s development and her role has gradually expanded beyond that of a traditional Chair. In looking for Jacky’s successor, the Committee have agreed to split the role into two -redefining the Chair’s role to focus on leading the committee; while creating a new volunteer role of Nature Reserve Coordinator to coordinate the scientific and educational aspects of FoSB’s work.
The Chair’s responsibilities.
- Chair committee meetings and the annual general meeting.
- Recruit committee members.
- Keep in touch with committee members between meetings and ensure they have the support they need to carry out their role. Address any issues.
- Ensure FoSB complies with its constitution and relevant legal requirements e.g. GDPR, safeguarding.
- Represent FoSB in meetings with the Council and other partners.
- You don’t need any scientific knowledge for this role or any particular professional background. We’re looking for:
- Experience of leading a small team of people. This could be at work or in a voluntary capacity.
- Good interpersonal skills – able to build supportive relationships with committee members; and engage constructively with partners.
- Good communication skills – able to get your point across clearly and succinctly in meetings, emails and on the phone.
- An appreciation of the processes involved in running a small voluntary group e.g. meeting procedures, following a constitution, abiding by regulatory requirements.
You don’t need to live on Shoreham Beach but you should have a genuine interest in our work and the importance of biodiversity.
- The chance to make a significant difference to an internationally renowned nature reserve.
- The opportunity to be involved in your local community and meet new people.
- The opportunity to learn more about the biodiversity of your local area.
When do I need to be available?
|Details||The time commitment is about half a day a week on average. There is considerable flexibility to organise the role around the volunteer’s other commitments although there will be some external meetings to attend which are fixed dates. The Committee meets about 6 times a year - currently on a Monday at 7pm, although this could be changed. The current Chair, will coordinate the induction and introduce the new Chair to committee members, other key contacts and the key tasks. She is flexible about the timing of the handover – to suit the availability of the new Chair.|
- Civic Responsibility and Communities
- No specific interest
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Wildlife and Animals
- Administration and Office
- Business Skills
- Supporting Charities
- Trusteeship and Committee Work
- Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
- Health and Safety
- Insurance Cover for Volunteers
- Suitable for 13 - 16 years
- Suitable for 16 - 18 years
- Suitable for a group of volunteers
- This role is adaptable for different abilities