Quick ways to support us

Fancy volunteering but don’t have the time to commit to a role? We’ve got some quick, easy ways to support our lifesaving service. 

From joining our research panel to sharing vital messages on social media, these are quick ways to help.

How can I help?

Do you have a business near the beach? If so, you could help save lives by promoting some of our key water safety messages. 

When?

Whenever suits you. We’ll ask you to download and display our Water Safety Poster. In the downloadable pack we will detail what to do if you see someone in trouble and include our key water safety messages. This is so you can informally deliver safety messaging to customers and members of the public when the opportunity arises.  

Where?

This could be as simple as a poster in the window of your business premises, an informal conversation, or sharing via your social media channels. Safety messages delivered locally are exceptionally powerful, together we truly believe that we can save lives. 

Why?

We need your help more than ever to deliver our safety messages, as our lifesavers can’t be everywhere. Over half the people that get into trouble in the water didn’t expect to get wet. As a local business or organisation, you can help be the eyes and ears and champion those messages in local communities. Together we can save lives. 

Questions?

Please contact Water_Safety@rnli.org.uk 
 

 

RNLI volunteer raking safety message into beach sand

How can I help?

Do you live near the Coast? If so you could be involved in producing innovative Water Safety Sand Signage. 

When?

These signs are used to highlight local hazards and conditions so when you will be asked to do this can be variable. You will be linked with a local member of the RNLI Lifesaving team to identify times and patterns when this signage will be effective.  

Where?

This will be in your local area and works best on sandy beaches with a high elevation that the public can view the messaging from. Sand Signage is proven to be a highly effective way of providing timely localised messaging. 

Why?

We are looking for support from within the local communities to deliver this; together we truly believe we can save lives. Over half the people that get into trouble in the water didn’t expect to get wet. We need support from local people to deliver this timely, adaptable messaging. 

Questions?

Please contact Water_Safety@rnli.org.uk

How can I help?

Donating items to our Heritage Archive.

When?

At your convenience.

Where?

If you would like to donate an item, please provide a description of the object or item and your contact details via our online form. Alternatively please write to: RNLI Heritage Team, RNLI, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ.

Why?

Preserving our long and fascinating history ensures our story can be told for years to come, inspiring future generations of supporters and lifesavers.

We welcome offers of donations and are always looking to build upon and increase our knowledge and diversity of objects relating to the RNLI. We cannot accept all heritage donations that are offered to us – our collections policy helps us decide which items we accept into our archive and collections.

Questions?

Contact volunteering@rnli.org.uk.

Group portrait of Valentia volunteers Mark, Dominic and Cornelia Lyne with their family.

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Share your views

Sign up to join our Supporter View research panel, complete our online questionnaires and tell us your views on the work we’re doing. 

The questionnaires will work on your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet and usually take around 10 minutes.

By sharing your opinion, you’re helping us make better decisions about the services that we provide.

Share our messages

Share our beach safety messages with your friends, family and social media network. You can do this online, whenever suits you.

You’ll help us raise awareness of our water safety messages and help reduce drowning in the UK and Ireland. 

It only takes a few seconds, and you could save a life.

Vicky Murphy and her family. Vicky was rescued when she was 35 weeks pregnant when she became cut off by the tide.

RNLI/Nathan Williams

Share your story

Have you ever been rescued by an RNLI lifeboat crew or lifeguard?

Your experience could help prevent a tragedy by inspiring others to stay safe at sea or on the beach.

You’ll help us reach new audiences, and raise awareness of our mission to reduce drowning by 50% by 2024.

Contact volunteering@rnli.org.uk with any questions.