Urgent action is needed to protect our coastal marine ecologies from escalating threats such as climate change, invasive species, and biodiversity loss.
It is crucial that we build a stronger, more passionate voice to safeguard and rejuvenate these vital ecosystems for a flourishing future.
To achieve this, we must remove the barriers that hinder diverse participation in marine industries and conservation efforts. This includes creating more opportunities for women, people of colour, those without marine biology backgrounds, and individuals lacking significant funds.
Our goal is to cultivate and deepen the connection between coastal communities and marine ecologies, thereby accelerating action and elevating awareness of the critical challenges our oceans face.
Join the "Coastal Community Leaders" Programme!
Are you passionate about making a difference in your community, especially in addressing environmental challenges? The "Coastal Community Leaders" programme is your chance to step up and drive positive change in our coastal and marine environments in Holyhead.
What's the Programme About?
Coastal Community Leaders, led by PEBL CIC, is an immersive leadership and skill-building programme designed to support people of all ages and backgrounds in Holyhead, with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead community-focused environmental projects.
Skill Development: Acquire leadership, project management, and environmental stewardship skills through workshops and one-to-one mentorship.
Community Impact: Learn how to design and lead projects that tackle marine environmental challenges, contributing to the resilience and sustainability of our coasts.
Expert Guidance: Gain insights from experienced professionals from professional marine ecologists, engineers, and local council representatives.
Networking: Connect with like-minded individuals and local environmental organisations.
Certification and Experience: Receive a certificate upon completion for your CV.
Workshops: Engage in a series of interactive workshops over 3 weekends at the Ucheldre Centre.
Mentorship: Benefit from 8 weeks of mentorship with experienced professionals who will guide your idea or project from concept to execution.
Project Funding: Secure funding to kickstart your own pilot project.
Digital Showcase: Share your journey and project through professional videography on our dedicated website.
Community Engagement: Work closely with the Holyhead and Anglesey councils to align your projects with local policies and initiatives.
Key Dates & Location
Info Session: Join us on January 27th, 4pm to learn more and meet the team. Use the link below to join the video call.
Programme Dates: Workshops (5 in total) will run on:
- 3rd & 4th February (Saturdays and Sunday), 10am-2pm with 45min lunch
- 3rd March (Sunday only), 10am-4pm with 45min lunch and 20min tea break
- 6th & 7th April (Saturday and Sunday), 10am-2pm with 45min lunch.
All sessions include a free lunch
Application Deadline: Get your applications in before the workshops begin on Saturday to secure your spot!
All workshops are in the main hall at the Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead
How to Apply
Click Apply Now below and fill out the application form. Places are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment. We will aim to respond to you within 48hrs of submitting an application. Applications will close 48hrs before the 1st workshop at 10am on Thursday 1st of Feb'24.
If you have any queries or require further information, reach out to Christian at
More info on workshop contents
This video was recorded at our info event on the 27th Jan 2024 and gives an outline of the workshop contents.
This link will take you to a Google Form which you will need to complete to apply to the program.
Seaweed Cultivation Workshop for University Students and Staff
This workshop for over 60 students at lecturers from Newcastle University included a deep dive talk, a tour of PEBL's seaweed cultivation facilities, a foreshore-walk highlighting seaweed ecologies, and a hands-on session where students collected and learned to cook seaweed. This workshop provided a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, focusing on the challenges and future of seaweed cultivation.
Climate Resilience Discussions with local community members
This community event invited residents to visit our facility, focusing on regional challenges, particularly related to the local marine environment. Discussions highlighted seaweed's role in addressing major issues like climate change, sustainable food sources, and job creation. Participants explored seaweed's potential and our efforts in this area, bridging community engagement with environmental solutions.
European Maritime Day
We collaborated with the Project Seagrass and Car-Y-Mor to host a series of workshops and information stalls. The day included live cooking demonstrations featuring seaweed, offering a taste of this versatile marine plant. The event aimed to educate and engage the Swansea community about the benefits, uses and ecological importance of seaweed, shellfish and seagrass habitats and industries emphasising its culinary and environmental significance.