Volunteer Commitment

At the heart of our volunteer ethos is the Volunteer Commitment, which is a statement of the hopes and expectations between the RNLI and its volunteers. This statement outlines the spirit in which the RNLI and volunteers will act together to achieve the charity’s objectives. 
Group shot of Exmouth RNLI volunteers on the beach holding an RNLI flag

Photo: Nigel Millard

Exmouth RNLI volunteers

This commitment applies equally across all the RNLI volunteer roles.

The RNLI will:

welcome you as a volunteer and provide appropriate opportunities to those who can help us achieve the RNLI’s purposes
provide you with appropriate training and the right equipment for the task
give guidance and support your development in your volunteer role
treat you and all volunteers equally and fairly
ensure you have a safe working environment so far as is reasonably practicable
listen to your concerns if things aren’t going right
recognise that you are a volunteer and have other commitments.

In return we ask you to:

commit to necessary training and give us your time
comply with agreed standards
be professional and loyal to the RNLI
be fair to those around you
talk to your RNLI colleagues (volunteers or staff) first if you have a problem.

The RNLI’s Volunteer Team is currently reviewing the Volunteer Commitment, if you would like to share any feedback then please contact us.