Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037736

We are the RNLI: the charity that saves lives at sea. Since 1824, our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of our organisation - ordinary people doing extraordinary things - supported by expert staff, all working together to help communities at home and abroad save lives.


Current opportunities

The RNLI has a wide network of local fundraising teams/groups organising a broad range of events and activities each year raising vital life-saving funds. The teams/groups are supported by a Community Manager. The range and frequency of the events is determined by the team members themselves and the amount of time volunteered is up to the individual. We are keen to welcome new people with new ideas and new skills into our local team so that we can develop our programme of fundraising activities and events in new, creative and innovative ways and contribute to saving more lives at sea. The impact you will make You will enable volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews to save lives at sea by carrying out and supporting vital fundraising activity in your local community. What you will be doing • Participating in the planning and delivery of a range of fundraising activities in the local community • Encouraging and welcoming a diverse group of new supporters to assist with fundraising activities and helping to drive our One Crew ethos • Championing the RNLI and building its reputation in the area Find out more about becoming a fundraising and events volunteer What you need for this role • Enthusiasm • Good interpersonal and communication skills • Open to change and willing to contribute and try out new ideas • A flexible approach to taking on different tasks What’s in it for you • Join an inclusive and diverse organisation • Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference • Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV • Gain the satisfaction of giving back • Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed

The RNLI shops started life as simple cake stalls, run by volunteers and their supporters to raise money for the local Lifeboats and stations. These stalls started selling commemorative RNLI products in around 1920 and quickly moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards. The first shop to be run as part of an actual station opened in 1990. Today we operate 160 RNLI shops and this number is growing, based inland and on the coast across the UK and Ireland, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards. For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our Charity, and as a shop volunteer you could be the person that engages them to support us now, and in the future. The impact you will make You will help save lives at sea by generating vital funds as well as promoting the work of the RNLI to customers and raising awareness of key safety messages. What you will be doing Interacting with customers, providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that the shop is a friendly and welcoming place Operating the till (including end of day cashing up) and credit card machine Alerting the Volunteer Shop Manager/Co-ordinator to any issues Championing the RNLI, it's One Crew ethos and building its reputation in the local area What you need for this role Enthusiasm Good communication skills and personable manner Ability to contribute as part of a team Confident handling money Comfortable working in a customer service environment What’s in it for you Join an inclusive and diverse organisation Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV Gain the satisfaction of giving back Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed

The RNLI shops started life as simple cake stalls, run by volunteers and their supporters to raise money for the local Lifeboats and stations. These stalls started selling commemorative RNLI products in around 1920 and quickly moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards. The first shop to be run as part of an actual station opened in 1990. Today we operate 160 RNLI shops and this number is growing, based inland and on the coast across the UK and Ireland, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards. For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our Charity, and as a shop volunteer you could be the person that engages them to support us now, and in the future. The impact you will make You will help save lives at sea by generating vital funds as well as promoting the work of the RNLI to customers and raising awareness of key safety messages. What you will be doing Interacting with customers, providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that the shop is a friendly and welcoming place Operating the till (including end of day cashing up) and credit card machine Alerting the Volunteer Shop Manager/Co-ordinator to any issues Championing the RNLI, it's One Crew ethos and building its reputation in the local area What you need for this role Enthusiasm Good communication skills and personable manner Ability to contribute as part of a team Confident handling money Comfortable working in a customer service environment What’s in it for you Join an inclusive and diverse organisation Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV Gain the satisfaction of giving back Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed

The RNLI has a network of local fundraising teams organising a wide range of activities and events which last year raised £14 million to save lives at sea. Each team is supported by a Community Manager, although the range and frequency of fundraising events is determined by the team members themselves. We are currently looking for a Branch Souvenir Secretary to join the team at Aberdeen. The impact you will make You will enable volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews to save lives at sea by carrying out vital fundraising activity in your local community. What you will be doing Creating attractive displays of souvenirs and gifts for sale at local events Stock ordering and completion of relevant financial records Recording and banking of sales income and completion of annual stock take Encouraging and welcoming a diverse group of new members/supporters into the RNLI and helping to drive our One Crew ethos. What you need for this role Enthusiasm IT and basic numeracy skills Good interpersonal communication skills Confident handling money Ability to create attractive product displays What’s in it for you Join an inclusive and diverse organisation Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV Gain the satisfaction of giving back Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed