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.
Just imagine what you could do …
Join our unsung heroes as a lifeboat crew member
Become a Community Safety Advisor
Get involved in youth education
Help as a street collector, event marshal or cheerer
Take visitors on guided tours of the boathouse
Sell gifts, organise stock, display and sales
So you don’t have to get your feet wet!
Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of our people.
They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them we
couldn’t save lives at sea.
And it’s not all about volunteering on our lifeboats or at our stations.
There are so many other ways you can give a little (or a lot) of your time to
support the RNLI and make a lifesaving difference.
Lifeboat crew member
Our unsung heroes, on call to drop everything, rush to the boat and launch into
the water. In the words of one crew member, “The first few minutes are intense,
but it's an enormously rewarding thing to do".
Community Safety Advisor
Our volunteers are crucial, helping raise awareness and spreading our safety
messages to boat owners, cliff walkers, scuba divers, in fact anyone who goes
on or near water.
Boathouse Tour Guide
Boathouse Guides help us save lives at sea by enabling visitors to see the RNLI
boathouse at first hand, showing visitors our boats and launch vehicles.
Education volunteers share safety messages and inspire young people about
how to stay safe in and around water and what to do if they need help.
The purchase of souvenirs and gifts has always been a popular way for the
public to support the RNLI.
Our shop volunteers keep our shops open.
Fund raiser/Occasional Volunteer
Help us to fundraise. There is something for everyone, by yourself, in a group,
at work, at school, in celebration, in tribute. Your contribution will really count.