Volunteers are one of the RNLI’s most valuable assets, giving us not only time and support but access to a huge range of skills and talents that would be beyond our reach in any other way.
Without all our volunteers the RNLI simply would not be able to operate the way it does today. The RNLI has over 42,000 volunteers, performing over 200 different roles within the organisation.
Our station volunteers
At Poole Lifeboat Station all our lifeboat crew (except the full-time mechanic) are volunteers. We also have a Visits team and Sea Safety team, who are volunteers and, as part of Poole and District Fundraising Branch, we need fundraisers, presenters, people to help in the Poole Old Lifeboat Museum, those with marketing and sales experience, event helpers, collectors, sponsors, cooks, bottle washers … the list is endless!
Our volunteers are special people who want to make a difference. Just like RNLI lifeboat crew, all our volunteers are ordinary people doing an extraordinary thing – giving something back to their community for free.
At the heart of our volunteer ethos is the RNLI Volunteer Commitment, which is a statement of the hopes and expectations between the RNLI and its volunteers. This commitment applies equally to our lifeboat crews, lifeguards, fundraising, communications and sea safety volunteers.
Everyone volunteers for their own reasons, whether it be loyalty to the charity, time on their hands, a chance to meet new people, a personal challenge, a need to make a difference or to put their valuable skills to good use.
No matter what your interest is or experience you have, we have something for you and anyone interested in volunteering to help Poole lifeboat will be extremely welcome.
‘If you want to be involved with the RNLI then you should try your very best to make it happen. Being part of the organisation in any way is a unique opportunity.’
Please take a look at this inspirational video clip to give you ideas of the roles available,
If after reading this you feel this is not for you, then thank you for your initial interest and we hope that you will still support Poole Lifeboat Station and the RNLI in some way, perhaps even visiting us at one of our open days in the future.
Thank you for your interest and support.