Helping and Supporting Our Community by providing Facilities and Services, Signposting and Information, Direction and Guidance.
Originally housed in the old Boatshed, the charity as it now is, was run as an under 18 Plus Young Peoples Project. Starting small but rapidly growing it became a victim of its own success as users branched out on their own and individual groups grew larger.
In 2011 The Boatshed Charity was formed in order to broaden the scope of the work carried out. Many successes grew out of the old Boatshed but when the opportunity came in 2013 to move into the Old Library building the management committee took up the challenge and changed the name of the building to The Coastal Centre. Not wanting to lose our long association with the old Boatshed it was decided to continue with the title of The Boatshed Charity.
The east coast of Lincolnshire is a somewhat remote part of England. The nearest motorway is over an hour away. The nearest railway station is Skegness, over half an hour’s travel, and the nearest mainline connection is at least an hour and a quarter away. Humberside Airport is the nearest air terminal but it has limited connections both nationally and internationally. Therefore the town is relatively inaccessible and isolated from major areas of economic activity.
All this brings together problems such as unemployment and mixed levels of deprivation and this is where The Coastal Centre and its volunteers can serve the community best. With the current cut-backs in public spending a trend is emerging for public services to become delivered by less paid employees and more reliant on volunteers. The Coastal Centre aims to provide a place where people can visit to seek advice and help with all manner of things such as Housing, Wellbeing, Finance, Job search, free access to Computers, free Wi-Fi and much more.
The Coastal Centre displays a comfortable environment and plays host to several community groups with rooms available for hire on an hourly or daily basis and the local radio station Coastal FM have their studios in the centre. The Royal British Legion have an permanent Outreach Centre located in the main area and a weekly Community Hub takes place every Tuesday with most of the local agencies in attendance operating on a drop in basis. ‘Recollections’ a Dementia Café is open every Friday for people with dementia and their carers.