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Face-to-face fundraising

Welcome to face-to-face (F2F) fundraising at the RNLI.

We're an in-house team who save lives by raising funds, inspiring support and sharing safety tips with the public - and we need outgoing, approachable and energetic people to help us!

If you're 18 or over and looking for a fun Summer job that makes a difference, apply today!

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Face-to-face (F2F) fundraising is all about inspiring people to support our organisation.

You will be the face of the RNLI, representing us in the public domain and engaging people with stories of our volunteer crews, lifeguards, flood rescue team and international work.

Your primary role will be to share our safety messages and offer people the chance to become regular supporters of the charity. By speaking to as many people as possible, you’ll be securing valuable funds to help us continue saving lives at sea.

Take a look at the video to see our F2F fundraisers in action and visit our Facebook page.

 

What about training?

We invest heavily in our teams by providing fantastic training, support and coaching. We’ve also designed a performance development plan to make sure you're always on the right track.

What are the hours like?

You will generally work between 10am–5pm for 4–5 days a week, including weekends. As we’re largely weather-dependent, working times will be flexible.

Our recruitment process

  • Applications open from 4–20 March in Ireland and 4 March–3 April in the UK. This includes a short video submission where you can tell us a little bit more about yourself.
  • Interview dates will take place in April in various locations around the UK and Ireland.
  • If you're successful, you will then attend (paid):
       - 2–5 days of pre-season fundraising work during the May half-term dates and throughout June in your area
       - a 2 day training event in Poole on 11–12 June
       - a 9–10 week Summer campaign in your area, from the end of June to early September.

Register your interest

 

Group of face to face fundraisers planning the beach schedule for summer 2012

We’re looking for somebody special to join our team.

Do these traits sound like you?

  • natural confidence and a desire to succeed
  • fantastic communicators able to ask for regular donations
  • self-motivated people who can work towards targets
  • passionate, value-driven people who can rise to the challenge
  • enthusiastic team players capable of building positive relationships with the public
  • people who can commit to full-time work throughout July and August 2016.

 

Being a confident driver is a bonus as we use large hire cars to get our teams to locations - but this is not essential.

Take a look at some of our previous fundraisers and see how you measure up.

With nine fundraising teams spread across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, we’re bound to have a location that suits you.

We fundraise in a variety of locations, from lifeguarded beaches and lifeboat stations to events like the London Boat Show and the BBC Good Food show.

Each area is different but one thing is guaranteed with them all - the best Summer of your life!

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North-west and north-east

Visit the vibrant north, where pristine surf beaches and a buzzing nightlife are waiting to be explored.

Ireland

Take a look around Ireland’s vibrant cities and scenic coastline. Help us fundraise across the coastline and save lives at sea.

Map of Wales

Wales

If you seek adventure, Wales is the place for you. You can canoe and kitesurf across world-class waves, and bike or hike the national trails.

East

Explore the east, where you’re never far from lively cities, undisturbed coastline and peaceful countryside. It has the perfect balance.

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North Cornwall and north Devon

Explore miles of scenic coastline across north Cornwall and north Devon. From relaxing on golden beaches to paddle boarding and kitesurfing, there’s an activity for everyone.

West Cornwall

Discover the picturesque coastline of west Cornwall - where watersports, spectacular views and adventures await.

Map of south Devon and west Dorset

Map of south England

South and east Devon, west Dorset and Somerset

Take a look at south and east Devon, west Dorset and Somerset, home to stunning Jurassic coastline and plenty of adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities.

South central

Join us in south central and try your hand at sailing, practice your serve in beach volleyball or relax at one of the many beach-side bars.

Face-to-face fundraisers

 

​National Events Team

Can’t decide on a location? Join our National Events Team, explore the UK and get free entry to host of exciting events.

 

 

We fundraise in a variety of locations, from lifeguarded beaches and lifeboat stations to the London Boat Show and the BBC Good Food show!

Face-to-face fundraising team in front of a lifeboat.

There are plenty of reasons to join our F2F team:  

  • be part a respected organisation who save lives at sea
  • gain valuable communication, advocacy and sales skills
  • make the outdoors your office at exciting beach and event locations
  • competitive pay (above the UK living wage) and reward scheme
  • get valuable experience in the charity sector
  • accommodation and travel provided
  • extra work at regional and national events throughout the year
  • opportunities for progression.

See what our previous fundraisers had to say.

 

Register your interest

 

Got some questions or concerns?

Put your mind at rest by reading some of our most frequently asked questions about being an RNLI face 2 face fundraiser.

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What is the aim of my job?

The purpose of face-to-face fundraising is to provide people with a reason to support the RNLI on a regular basis.

Generally this is done by building good rapport with members of the public and then expanding their knowledge of our rescue services.

This should be enough of a reason for them to want to support us. However, the fine art of turning these individuals into supporters is what makes face-to-face fundraising a really enjoyable challenge.

Will I receive training on how to approach strangers on a beach?

Yes. Full training and uniform is provided, so you’ll be as ready as you’ll ever be by the time you start work on a beach. We have some of the best training in the sector and are constantly improving it. There’s really nothing to worry about – you’ll see!

Do I have targets to hit?

This is not like a typical sales job, but we do need to ensure our teams are productive, cost-effective and raise as much money as possible for the RNLI. You will be required to perform to a certain level, but you’ll be given lots of training and support to help you get there.

We invest heavily in our teams by providing fantastic training, support and coaching. And your manager is there to bring out the best in you, ensuring you’re always achieving in your role.

However, we do recognise that this role is not always for everyone; therefore we have designed a performance management system for you to follow. If you fail to achieve to a certain level, we withhold the right to terminate your employment.

Do I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, it’s vital that the public can immediately identify you as an RNLI fundraiser. This is important so you don’t get mistaken for lifeguards and to ensure you represent our highly regarded charity in a smart and professional manner.

As the saying goes: ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’, so we provide you with the correct gear to make sure you’re comfortable in whatever the Summer can throw at you!

Who and how many will be in my team?

You will be in a team of 10-16 like-minded, young, energetic adults and students, all with a completely clear Summer to commit to the role. You will also have a number of senior fundraisers who will organise your day-to-day activity and a manager who will oversee the running of the campaign in your area.

As a team, you’ll be looking to have a great time as you develop and challenge yourselves, whilst contributing to an important cause: saving lives at sea.

What if I’m not a student?

Not a problem at all. We welcome anyone who is passionate, enthusiastic and outgoing, whether you’re at Uni or not. If you like the look of what you’ve seen on this website, register your interest!

Is there a minimum age?

You must be 18 or over at the start of the season (1 May). This is due to safeguarding legislation. The RNLI has a statutory and moral duty to ensure that we safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young adults involved with RNLI activity. The UK’s Children Act (1989) defines a child as a person under the age of 18. We are committed to protecting employees and volunteers.

Due to the nature of face-to-face fundraising roles, residential accommodation is often offered. As we are not able to provide wardens at these residential sites to ensure the welfare and safety of under 18s, we cannot guarantee a safe environment for children, as defined by the Children’s Act.

How much of the Summer will I work?

Although season dates are flexible, there are certain dates and a minimum amount of time when you will need to be available. For Summer 2016 this includes:

  • interview dates in March
  • three training dates in April 
  • two weekends in June
  • nine weeks across July and August

What are the working hours?

The working hours are 10am–5pm, over a minimum of four days a week including Saturday and Sunday, during July and August and selected weekends in June.

The beach campaign is weather dependent, so you will need to be flexible with your days off to optimise the best weather when the beaches are busiest. We endeavour to give you as much warning as possible, but this is not always possible.

What happens when it rains?

​Depending on the severity of the weather, you will either:

  •  stay out on the beach
  • fundraise at an indoor venue, such as a family attraction or supermarket
  • take the day off and catch up when the weather improves.

We will always endeavour to find you work.

Can I have another job in the evenings?

We would strongly recommend that you don’t. You will quickly find that face-to-face fundraising is very tiring.

Additionally, since you’ll often work at events further afield, we can’t guarantee you’ll be back in time for an evening shift. The nature of this job means you will find it difficult to fit in other commitments and you’ll probably find you’ll just want to chill out or socialise with your team after work.

Likewise, days off are not fixed and this would cause difficulties for another employer.

When do I get paid?

You will be paid monthly via BACS transfer. Therefore you must have an eligible UK or ROI bank account. This is something to consider when planning your expenses over the Summer!

Where will I live?

Accommodation will be provided in all areas of the country. You will live in reasonable holiday accommodation in a location suitable for your area of work. The accommodation is not yours and must be treated with respect. Damage will have to be paid for.

What if I am placed somewhere I don’t want to work?

Don’t worry. We get your take on areas and try our hardest to get you into one of them!

If I end up working in my local area, can I live at home?

Yes, of course you can. As long as you’re at work on time and are prepared to pay the costs of getting to work.

Can I bring my car?

Yes you can. However, local accommodation parking restrictions may apply.

Why should I apply for the job?

Not only will this job provide a substantial CV reference, but it will also develop your communication skills and confidence when talking to all types of people. Many fundraisers cite their entry into the jobs market to their work at the RNLI.

You will learn incredible advocacy skills, vital for any organisation, and finish the Summer with a precise figure of how much money you have raised for the RNLI. You’ll be helping to save lives at sea while having the best Summer of your life – what could be more rewarding than that?

Do I get commission?

In addition to your hourly wage, you will be financially rewarded for high performance. We have found this is an excellent motivation for working hard, but also a way for us to recognise and reward your achievement.

Success will not fall at your feet, however, and you will need to work extremely hard to earn a significant incentive bonus.

Do I receive free entry to the events I work at?

Yes, you do - just another perk of the job!