The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea
Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736).
Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
With your support, we save lives at sea
We save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service,
seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response.
This role helps us save lives at sea by helping to make our shops a friendly,
welcoming and attractive place to shop, selling an excellent range of unique
and competitively priced products to raise vital life-saving funds.
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. Your welcoming nature will ensure that our shops are a friendly and attractive place to
Customer service, stock display, replenishment, housekeeping and cash handling are all tasks that you
can expect to be called to do during your shift. We are also looking for volunteers to take on specific
tasks such as rota co-ordination, stock co-ordination and banking. You will receive relevant training for
this and be welcomed into a friendly local team. Could you help the shop team to make our customers
experience an inspiring one?