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 in excess of 160 RNLI shops 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 jams to clothing, and key-
rings and buckets to model boats and sweatshirts, 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 volunteer shop manager / co-
ordinator you could be the person that engages them and the other shop volunteers to support us now, and in the future. Your welcoming, organised and efficient nature will ensure that our shops are a friendly and attractive place to shop, fully representing the RNLI values.
Could you donate your time to the RNLI to manage the shop and co-ordinate the volunteer team in Mevagissey in a volunteering capacity?
A background in retail is not essential but the ability to get on with people from many walks of life, to manage and motivate other like-
minded volunteers and to be able to deal with problems in a calm manner is.
The satisfaction of running a successful shop that contributes to saving lives at sea and being part of the RNLI, one of the United Kingdoms most respected and recognised charities is all part of what volunteering for us is about.
This is a volunteer opportunity within the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are people who, unpaid and of their own free will, contribute their time, energy and skills to support the purposes of the RNLI.
RNLI volunteers may perform a variety of tasks and duties, under direction and guidance, using their skills, knowledge and time to help the RNLI best achieve its objectives.
We respect and honour our volunteers by building trust and understanding. Such a partnership is not intended to be a legally binding contract or to have mutuality of obligation, but instead express a voluntary two-
way commitment where everyone gains satisfaction from being part of our organisation.
Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-
class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards our goals of halving drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024.
This involves a growing commitment to preventative action, using our expertise to work in partnership with communities locally, nationally and internationally to prevent drowning.