Get on board and volunteer with Newbiggin RNLI

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is seeking extra people to join their lifeboat team at Newbiggin.

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The RNLI is looking to recruit extra volunteers at Newbiggin lifeboat station

The charity is looking for a Lifeboat Operations Manager to lead the station’s team of volunteer crew and oversee the operational management of the lifeboat station.

This volunteer role may also include authorising the launch of the lifeboat on a day-to-day basis.

There is also an opportunity to join the team as a Deputy Launching Authority. This role involves coordinating the safe and effective launch of the lifeboat.

Both volunteer roles would be suited to team players who have:

  • Local maritime knowledge

  • Good communication and leadership skills

  • Experience of people management

  • Strong organisational and time management skills

Potential recruits would need to live or work within five miles of the station.

Ben Mitchell, RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager, explained: ‘We have two exciting opportunities for people to join our team at Newbiggin RNLI. Both volunteer roles would involve helping to run our lifeboat station and launch the lifeboat.

‘The RNLI provides comprehensive training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers and by volunteering, people will gain some fantastic experience, knowledge and skills with the RNLI in Newbiggin.

‘Around 95 percent of RNLI people are volunteers and find the experience an extremely rewarding one. It’s a great way to make new friends while helping to save lives at sea.’

For more information and to apply for the volunteer roles, please visit: https://rnli.org/support-us/volunteer/volunteering-opportunities

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For more information, please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer (North East and East) on: 07824 518641 or, email: clare_hopps@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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