Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of our people. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them we couldn’t save lives at sea.
And it’s not all about volunteering on our lifeboats or at our stations; there are so many other ways you can give a little (or a lot) of your time to support the RNLI and make a lifesaving difference.
How you can volunteer
There are so many ways you can volunteer. From joining the crews at lifeboat stations and helping to run the RNLI shops, to becoming a youth education volunteer or joining a fundraising group. The RNLI relies on people like you dedicating their time and energy to saving lives at sea.
5,600+ volunteer lifeboat crew
3,700+ volunteer shore crew
82 Volunteer lifeguards
23,000+ volunteer community fundraisers
Take a look at our latest volunteer opportunities to see where your time and energy can help the RNLI. From roles at lifeboat stations to fundraising groups in need of extra support, there’s a need for your skills, experience and passion to help the RNLI.
I’ve never regretted one day volunteering for the RNLI - and I really believe that people can make a difference.
Looking for support with your volunteering? The volunteer zone has everything you need to help you make the most of your time with the RNLI. You’ll find useful resources and guides, wellbeing support and the latest volunteer news.
Useful links for volunteers
The Volunteer Zone is a dedicated area for RNLI volunteers. Discover resources, useful information and news to help you get the most out of your volunteer role.