Volunteers who can spare us a few hours of their time each week are always welcome – age is not a barrier and full training is given. Please contact us if you feel you can give some of your time.

Happisburgh Coast Watch’s volunteers act as lookouts in case people or vessels are in trouble on the beach, clifftops or at sea. Currently there are 14 volunteers but that numbers needs to be nearer 25 for the service which operates 365 days a year. No prior experience or knowledge is needed as volunteers are given training by a dedicated officer with 25 years experience and no-one is left to carry out a shift until completely confident and comfortable. The role is suitable for anyone who can spare two hours a week.

 Anyone interested in joining the Coast Watch group should contact Louise on 07976 432019 or email recruitment@coastwatchhappisburgh.co.uk

Volunteer Stories

Louise Brooks, one of the Happisburgh Coast Watch members, who lives in the village and has first hand experience of how vital the service is. Her dog Clyde was rescued by the Happisburgh lifeboat crew last October when he chased into the sea after a flock of seagulls. Mrs Brooks and her husband John wanted to show their appreciation for the help they were given and signed up for Happisburgh Coast Watch, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Clyde, a six-year-old Italian Spinone, weighing almost seven stone, has now become the Coast Watch team’s mascot and has his own lifejacket. Mrs Brooks said: “If there is no Coast Watch, then we have no-one here to spot anyone in trouble and report for help. It is absolutely vital.”