Who can volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer to take part in this project. If you are under 16 you are welcome to take part in project activities and attend our training and events with an adult or as part of an organised group, e.g. a scout group, or youth group. If you are part of a group interested in taking part, contact us and we can help you organise this.
The principal roles of project volunteers are:
- to update information about the condition of coastal heritage sites, so that together, we can prioritise what action needs to be taken where;
to propose community projects on threatened sites; and,
- to participate in community projects that meet identified needs, e.g. carry out further research, or improve interpretation of an interesting historic feature.
The level and type of involvement in any of these areas is up to you.
You can edit an original site record if you find errors or have extra information to contribute, on the Sites at Risk Map without even stepping outside.
You can carry out independent ShoreUPDATE surveys of sites in your local area as part of your normal routine, e.g. when walking the dog, or even when you're on holiday. In fact the Sites at Risk Map is a great way of exploring a new area, as it will show many coastal heritage sites that will never make it into a visitor guide.
You can join or instigate a group ShoreUPDATE survey in your community. Remember, we aim to visit all of the 940 top priority sites on the record. If there are lots in your area, and you would like to get a group together to systematically survey them, please contact us.
What's in it for me?
Investigating your local coastal heritage brings another dimension of understanding and enjoyment to even the most familiar coastlines. In return for your time and input, we will offer you the training, support and access to expertise you need to confidently carry out coastal heritage surveys, and take forward ideas and projects on sites that are important to your community.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people; find out about your local heritage; acquire and develop skills and experience; and above all - enjoy yourself.
If you are between 16 and 25, volunteering with the Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk Project could be really relevant to you. Archaeology is ideal for applying all those transferable skills you have.
Volunteering in the project could:
- be great for your CV;
- give you valuable work experience;
- bring you into contact with 'professionals' in the heritage sector;
- give you new hard and transferable skills;
- count towards accredited study and/or awards;
- help you meet new people and make new friends.
OK. I think I'm interested. What do I do next?
You're already on the website so that's a great start.
Contact us and let us know you're interested.
We can let you know about forthcoming training, organise one in your area if there is enough interest, or help you do it yourself through the guidance on this website. We like to meet our volunteers, and will try and arrange a training event wherever possible. These practical sessions help you with the IT, involve a field trip to practice ShoreUPDATE surveying and provide us all with an opportunity to talk about the coastal heritage in your area.