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Exciting new opportunity to support the families of RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety messages and flood rescue we are committed to saving more lives.

At the forefront of our lifesaving activity are nearly 8000 operational lifeboat station volunteers who give up thousands of hours every year to save lives at sea, complete training, maintain lifeboats and equipment and much more. Our operational lifeboat station volunteers all carry pagers and are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Their commitment to the RNLI and to their local community has a significant impact on their families who have to adapt to the highs and lows of living with an RNLI pager.

The RNLI Families Programme provides support to the families of operational lifeboat station volunteers and we’re looking for a team of volunteers to help the Families Programme grow and to ensure that all lifeboat station volunteers and their families can access the support that is available to them.

We are currently recruiting six volunteer Regional Family Support Coordinators. This important role will help to improve the volunteering experience for all operational lifeboat station volunteers and their families and is a great volunteer opportunity for someone who is looking to utilise their current skills or gain new experience. If it sounds like something you would like to be involved in please go to and search for the Regional Family Support Coordinator role or email or alternatively you can call Esther Lowe Families Programme Manager on 07825863615 for more information.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland