Coastwatch appeals for more volunteers

The NCI Skegness station.
The NCI Skegness station.

An organisation which keeps a watchful eye on Skegness’ coast is appealing for volunteers to support its potentially life-saving work.

National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) Skegness has a new home at the Miners’ Retreat, formerly The Derbyshire Miners Convalescent Home, in Winthorpe Avenue.

After their departure from their previous base in the nearby old Coastguard Station, members were unable to maintain watch over the beach until the Miners’ Retreat agreed to let them site a temporary home in their grounds.

The interruption of watchkeeping, however, resulted in them losing ‘a significant number’ of volunteers, who have moved on to other volunteer work, recruitment officer Dave Judge told The 
Standard.

He said: “This has made it difficult for us to maintain watches seven days per week and we now need a new influx of volunteers to enable us to continue our work, especially over the coming holiday period.”

Volunteers can expect full training, normally on a one-to-one basis, at a pace with which they are comfortable, Mr Judge said.

Anyone interested in volunteering should visit NCI Skegness at the Miners’ Retreat or email skeg-watch@talktalk.net

“If you care about the safety of people on our beach and coast, and can spare one half day per week, we would like to hear from you and explain how you can help,” he said.