Volunteer lifeboat press officer needed at Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Ilfracombe RNLI lifeboat station is looking for a new volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer to join their existing lifeboat management team.

The role of the Lifeboat Press Officer involves building and maintaining friendly relationships with local press, radio, television and online media as well as overseeing the running of the station’s social media pages too. The press officer is involved in keeping the local community up to date with the lifeboat’s operational activity and promoting newsworthy rescues at the lifeboat station.

Covering part of the north Devon coast, Ilfracombe has celebrated nearly 180 years as a lifeboat station. The two lifeboats carry out a wide variety of shouts throughout the year and the lifeboat crew are mostly volunteers, headed up by the Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Wallis, and Deputy Launching Authorities and supported by a shore crew team. The wider team includes volunteer fundraisers, shop volunteers and the lifeboat visits team.

Chris Wallis, Ilfracombe RNLI’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said:

‘This is a great way to volunteer at your local lifeboat station without even getting your feet wet.

Here at Ilfracombe we are a motivated and enthusiastic team and this role gives you the opportunity to help us save lives at sea.

We are looking for someone reliable with good communication, written and IT skills to help spread the word about the amazing lifesaving work of the station’s crew. The successful applicant will receive thorough training, including press release writing, uploading content to the RNLI news website and video editing.’

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.

To apply for the role of volunteer lifeboat press officer at Ilfracombe please apply online at https://volunteering.rnli.org/vacancy/volunteer-lifeboat-press-officer-ilfracombe-359626.html or for further information please contact the RNLI’s volunteering team on 01202 663346 or by email at volunteering@rnli.org.uk.

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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