Monday, 21 March 2016

FRED and NCS project for Coatham Dunes

Our March 2016 litter/rubble pick was supported by the National Citizen Service and Imagineyoucan. Here's a video clip done by the students to promote FRED and Redcar.

The NCS assist the community with projects and they contacted us because they were impressed with the work FRED do to improve Redcar. They wanted to highlight what we do, lend a helping hand and help us bring awareness to the problematic Coatham Dunes at Majuba beach in Redcar.

This began in earnest with FRED meeting with the NCS students at Macmillan College to be interviewed about what we do and why.

The students have been busy producing  a documented video, promotional material and media article focussing on FREDs work in Redcar and this included being interviewed by Neil Green on BBC Radio Tees and Jeremy Gartland on Zetland FM as well as filming and interviewing residents and volunteers over two weekends.

The NCS joined FRED on the 6th March to help us clean up Majuba beach entrance and the Coatham Dunes. 

Here is a clip showing the kinds of activity the students at NCS get up to plus more of the effort they brought to Redcar.

The FRED / NCS project ended in a graduation ceremony where the students received recognition of the media skills they have learnt and the support they have provided.

FRED would like to extend our thanks for all the love and effort shown by these guys and girls and we wish them all the best for their career choices. (If any of you need a reference please contact me - Carl Quartermain Chairman).

Hope to see you all on the beach. Check out the final clip of a successful project.


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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Fred and NCS on the March in March 2016

This month we focused attention on the Coatham Dunes clearing away litter and masonry from on and around the area. Once again there is lots of smashed glass from the miscreants that end up here when it is quiet. There is also more masonry being revealed from the dissipation of the sand. This is something a lot more serious as you'll find in our other blogs on the subject. The dunes are adjacent to a caravan park that offers access to visiting children to play here. It's not much different to a building site though thinly covered in sand. Please sign our petition

Thanks to the great support from our friends at FRED and The National Citizen Service, here in Redcar we have got off to a great start this year. Not only did we see 50+ residents and visitors clearing the beach of litter and detritus but also we were able to draw attention back on those dangerous debris ridden, Coatham Dunes. 

Thank you to all those who took part in what was a healthy collection of volunteers of all ages. Particularly pleasing it was to see so many youth, teenagers and children taking part and learning from what is a valuable educational experience. Well done to you all and special thanks to Dave King of ImagineYouCan (NCS) for their physical support and Paul Kitchener of Peak Image Photography for the excellent images