Volunteer news

The latest RNLI news for all volunteers.
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The RNLI's new association with GJW Direct
Lifejacket Clinics: Announcing the RNLI’s new association with GJW Direct
The RNLI’s Corporate Partnerships Team is pleased to announce the RNLI’s new association with GJW Direct – the UK’s largest direct boat insurer – who will become an official supporter of the RNLI’s Lifejacket Clinics.
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Your feedback matters
Your chance to give feedback on Respect the Water materials
The Respect the Water Team wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Respect the Water campaign in 2018.
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Remember A Charity Week (10-16 September 2018)
It’s Remember A Charity Week
Remember A Charity Week is back this week (10–16 September), bringing together over 200 UK charities – including the RNLI – to help spread the word about the importance of legacy giving.
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Barry Visitor Centre
Raising awareness with every visit
As we officially move from summer to autumn, it seems a good time to share some highlights from the year so far with record visits to visitor centres, shops, stations and museums.
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Adam Moody
In memory of Adam Moody, Helm at Craster Lifeboat Station
On behalf of Adrian Carey, Acting Head of Maritime Delivery

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the death of Adam Moody, a volunteer Helm at Craster Lifeboat Station, after he collapsed on a charity walk in the Cheviot Hills on Saturday (1 September).
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GDPR
GDPR news: New resources for RNLI volunteers
A suite of resources have been created for you so you can learn all about data protection (GDPR).
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The RNLI's Youth Education Team
Great news for our youth engagement volunteers
Did you know that so far this year our amazing 400-strong team of education volunteers have spoken to over 290,000 young people? These volunteers are doing a fantastic job speaking to and inspiring the next generation to learn about the RNLI and our important safety messages.
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Paul Boissier to retire in 2019
Stuart Popham, RNLI Chair has announced that Paul Boissier will retire in 2019.
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Crew members from season 3 of Saving Lives at Sea.
Don’t forget - Saving Lives at Sea starts on BBC Two tonight!
Tune in at 8pm tonight to find out what happens when Salcombe RNLI are called to two of the highest level of emergencies at sea; and to hear the story of Moelfre station’s rescue of a father and his 13-year-old son who went missing at sea.
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Good news to share: The RNLI has joined the AmazonSmile scheme
We’re pleased to announce that the RNLI has joined the AmazonSmile scheme. This means that you can now select the RNLI as your chosen charity on smile.amazon.com so you can raise funds as you shop on Amazon.
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The RNLI's Fish Supper 2018
What’s this I’ve been herring about – Fish Supper is back?
Fish Supper is back! And this year we are extending all of the fun and frivolity of the annual event over three weekends, so you can get your fix of fishy fundraising between 5 and 21 October!
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The RNLI's partnership with the GAA
Promoting Respect the Water messages at an All-Ireland semi-final
The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) is celebrated as one of the greatest amateur sporting associations in the world. This Sunday, the RNLI has an incredible opportunity…the chance to once again promote our Respect the Water messages at an All-Ireland semi-final.
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Saving Lives at Sea is back on BBC Two for a third series
Saving Lives at Sea is back on BBC Two!
We’re excited to announce that the third series of Saving Lives at Sea will be airing on BBC Two from Tuesday (21 August) at 8pm.
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Mates save mates: Respect the Water campaign
Mates save mates: One conversation can save a mate from drowning
This August as part of the Respect the Water campaign, the RNLI is encouraging young men to share two survival skills with friends that could save their lives.
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Don’t forget, the Daily Marine Forecast is available for you now
Last year we shared some exciting news with you about being able to opt-in and register to receive the Met Office Daily Marine Forecast.
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RNLI fundraiser Joan Webb
Dedicated to volunteering: the RNLI’s 99-year-old fundraiser
The RNLI is lucky to have so many dedicated fundraisers; many of them have given so much of their time and have amazing stories to tell. It’s really important that we celebrate these inspiring people and tell their stories. One such fundraiser is Joan Webb who celebrated her 99th birthday in July…
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Mayday is coming soon
Your fantastic efforts helped us raise over £660K for Mayday!
For Mayday this year, you’ve helped the RNLI to raise an amazing £60,000 more than for last year’s campaign!
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Litening to the RNLI's Respect the Water messages helped save Andrew and Enda's lives
Respect the Water: Hearing from survivors
Last year, the Respect the Water Team set a bold and ambitious aim for our Respect the Water campaign – to directly help save one life.
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The RNLI's International Team testing out the bottle ring
Testing lifesaving equipment with children
Last week, the RNLI’s International Team held a rescue product testing event where children from Sheringham Primary School, along with local lifeguards and members of the community, helped trial our newly designed low cost rescue equipment.
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AGM
What was said at last week’s AGM?
The RNLI’s AGM took place last Thursday in Poole at the All-weather Lifeboat Centre. If you were unable to attend, you will find a round-up of the key points raised at the AGM below.
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The RNLI's Face-to-Face team at their conference in June 2018
Introducing this year’s face-to-face fundraisers
Summer is back, and that means that so are our fantastic team of face-to-face fundraisers as they take on one of the #BestSummerJobs!
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Just One Inch of Water photography exhibition at the UN
The RNLI taking drowning prevention to the United Nations
The RNLI has launched our ‘Just One Inch of Water’ photography exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York. This event is the first of its kind for us and is a real achievement in raising awareness of global drowning prevention.
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Respect the Water campaign
What’s next for our Respect the Water campaign?
Thanks to the hard work of RNLI volunteers and staff members, our key Respect the Water campaign message of ‘float to live’ has been shared far and wide.
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Jock and Annie Slater - the RNLI's first Shannon-class lifeboat
Celebrating the fifth birthday of the Shannon lifeboat
Today (11 July) the RNLI celebrates five years since the first Shannon class lifeboat entered the fleet.
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Helly Hansen discount for RNLI volunteers and staff
As part of the RNLI’s new partnership with Helly Hansen, they will be offering all RNLI volunteers and employees two discount weekends each year.
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Children taking part in Swim Safe with the RNLI and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)
Book a place or volunteer at this summer’s Swim Safe
Swim Safe, the free outdoor water safety programme for 7-14-year-olds, is back for the summer. If you’d like to book a free place or volunteer to help run a session, then please read on.
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Research for the RNLI's 'float to live' message
The research behind the Respect the Water campaign’s ‘float’ message
As many of you will know, the RNLI developed its Float to Live message for the Respect the Water campaign last year. Since then, seven people have come forward and claimed the Respect the Water float technique helped save their life.
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GDPR
Helpful guidance for RNLI volunteers about GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force nearly a month ago, on 25 May.
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Help, support, advice and guidance signpost
Help and guidance for RNLI volunteers and staff during this time of high media and public interest
As you know, this week the RNLI has featured heavily in national newspapers such as the Sun and the Daily Mail. The articles are mainly focusing on the outcome of the appeal of two crew members at Whitby Lifeboat Station.
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Whitby Lifeboat Station
Outcome of the appeal raised by two crew members from Whitby
Following the RNLI’s investigation at Whitby Lifeboat Station that led to two crew members being stood down, they were given the right to challenge this decision and appeal against it.
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RNLI volunteers recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Five RNLI people recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
We are excited to announce that five RNLI people have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for helping to save lives at sea.
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Evan Crisp, a teenager from Gateshead who got into trouble on the Northumberland coast in early August 2017. The RNLI's Respect the Water Float messaging helped to save his life.
What to do when you hear stories of lives being saved
The most important thing we do here at the RNLI is save lives. Last year, seven people came forward unprompted and told us that messages from our Respect the Water campaign helped to keep them alive.
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The RNLI's Loud and Clear document for 2018 (Ireland)
Loud and Clear 2018 is now available
We know that it’s useful for your role to have facts and figures to hand when talking about the RNLI’s work whether you’re speaking to members of the public or for your work, so we’re pleased to say that the 2018 versions of the Factsheet and Loud and Clear are now available.
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RNLI Ambassadors (GAA and Respect the Water) during their training day in Corke
A lifesaving partnership: the RNLI and the GAA
The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) is celebrated as one of the greatest amateur sporting associations in the world.
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BBC Breakfast filming at Boscombe Beach on the launch day of Respect the Water 2018
Getting the word out about our Respect the Water campaign
Since the launch of our Respect the Water campaign almost two weeks ago (23 May), we’ve seen some fantastic media coverage of the lifesaving messages, as well as having a great response on social media by the public and from celebrities.
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Celebrating Volunteers' Week
Thank you for what you do for the RNLI
This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers’ Week in the UK, and so we’re celebrating the efforts and dedication of all our volunteers. Thank you for everything you do and the difference you make to help save more lives.
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The Daily Marine Forecast is available for you
Last year we shared some exciting news with you about being able to opt-in and register to receive the Met Office Daily Marine Forecast.
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The RNLI's Excellence in Volunteering Awards
Celebrating our volunteers
Our volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI. Without all our volunteers – fundraisers, education presenters, shop, community safety, museum, crew members, lifeguards, and others – the RNLI wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea.
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GDPR
A message from Paul Boissier about GDPR
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force, below you can find out more about what it means from our Chief Executive, Paul Boissier.
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The RNLI has updated its Privacy Policy
GDPR is now in force: Important RNLI Policies that have changed under GDPR
GDPR is now in force! To mark the date we wanted to share with you some changes that have been made to RNLI Policies that may affect you in light of the changes under GDPR and the revised UK Data Protection Act 2018 and also where you can find out more information about GDPR.
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National Library of Wales lit up yellow for Mayday
There’s still time to get involved in our Mayday campaign
Thank you to everyone who has hosted and got involved in Mayday events so far – the money you’ve raised and donated is going to a very worthy cause, to fund our kit.
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New iron-on badge for Rhyl
Good news for RNLI clothing: New iron-on badges
In the past we know our staff and volunteers have had issues with large stocks of personalised clothing for local lifeboat stations in our shops around the UK and Ireland. To help free up space in our shops for other products, we’ve made the decision to produce personalised iron-on badges for each shop that used to stock local clothing.
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Respect the Water campaign
What you need to know for this year’s Respect the Water campaign
With less than a week to go until our official launch date – 23 May – here is all the information you need to get you started for this year’s Respect the Water campaign.
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RNLI fundraiser
Sharing pride in all that you do for the RNLI
Volunteers’ Week is being celebrated this week in Ireland (14 - 20 May) and in the UK from 1 - 7 June. The RNLI is thankful every day for the commitment you make and is proud of the way you help support our vision to prevent drowning and save more lives.
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Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of the RNLI
Paul Boissier responds to the Daily Mail
You will most likely be aware from our previous news article and on social media that the Daily Mail published an article over the weekend that didn’t put across our side of the story in a balanced way.
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Daily Mail response – Q&A for staff and volunteers
We have now published our responses to some of the inaccurate statements in today's Daily Mail article. Please use this as information for yourselves and to help you answer any questions from colleagues or members of the public.
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Important update about RNLI media coverage for this weekend
You may have seen an article published by the Daily Mail this weekend about the RNLI. The newspaper contacted us for interview and since the article has been published we're now going to be addressing some of the points raised.
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Trustees of The Lifeboat Fund with the Local Operations Manager of Wells Lifeboat Station
Pushing the boat out for Wells Lifeboat Station
Civil Servants from across the UK have completed their goal to raise £1.1M, through The Lifeboat Fund, for a new Shannon class lifeboat at Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat Station in Norfolk. An extra £100,000 has also been generously given for the shore works at Wells Lifeboat Station – to house the new lifeboat.
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The RNLI's online shop has re-launched
Re-launch of our online shop: It’s back and better than ever
We have some good news to share – the RNLI’s new look online shop has reopened for business!
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Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of the RNLI
What is happening?
Paul Boissier updates us on what is behind the increased number of issues we are seeing play out in our coastal communities and in the media at the moment.
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Statement on Whitby situation
Following an investigation at Whitby lifeboat station, two volunteers have been stood down.
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Beach Buddies Seaside Puppet Theatre at Elmfield School
RNLI volunteers teaching children water safety through puppet theatre
A children’s puppet theatre, created, designed and run by two of our Education Volunteers has seen fantastic success as a water safety teaching tool, most recently at a school for deaf children.
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Leesa Harwood, Community Lifesaving Director
Leesa Harwood resigns from the RNLI
Leesa Harwood, Community Lifesaving Director has resigned from the RNLI.
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ON772 Elizabeth and Albina Whitley (Flamborough)
Introducing the HLF Beken Project
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Beken Project is an exciting digitisation and outreach project within the Heritage Team at the RNLI.
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12x10 inch Ambrotype by Jack Lowe of Female Aberystwyth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Crew
Exhibition of Jack Lowe’s lifeboat photographs opens next week
On 28 April, a free exhibition at the National Library of Wales will open to celebrate the amazing photography of one of our dedicated supporters, Jack Lowe.
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Exploring the third dimension
All set for drone test event
A special week-long event will run later this month to test the use of drones in search and rescue activity.
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Scarborough Lifeboat Station
Scarborough Lifeboat Station - further update
You may be aware that an internal RNLI investigation has recently been concluded into an incident at Scarborough lifeboat station and, as a result, the volunteer coxswain involved has been permanently stood down.
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Petrina Muscroft at the Face-to-Face Fundraisers conference in 2017
Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising – recruitment is now open for face-to-face fundraisers
Recruitment for more RNLI face-to-face fundraisers is open until Sunday 15 April. If you know anyone with excellent people skills and a passion for helping others, please let them know about this great opportunity for one of the UK and Ireland’s best summer jobs.
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Mayday is coming soon
Starting the Mayday countdown
Mayday is returning for the whole month of May!
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Respect the Water - float to live
Getting ready for our Respect the Water campaign
It’s confirmed – our Respect the Water campaign launches on 23 May!
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GDPR is coming into law on 25 May
A GDPR overview – what do you need to know?
From 25 May 2018, a new data protection law called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and this new law will impact the way many of us carry out our roles.
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Boscombe lifeguard James Wheeler on a rescue board
Our lifeguards are patrolling more than 40 beaches this Easter
With the Easter holidays about to begin, lots of families will be heading to the beach to enjoy the coastline. Our lifeguards will be patrolling almost 50 beaches this Easter, making it easier for people to stay safe by the water during the holidays.
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Clyde Class lifeboat, Grace Paterson Ritchie
An encounter that led to a legacy
As you may know, legacy gifts (gifts left to the RNLI in a person’s Will) are vital to sustaining our organisation.
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Announcing the Haven partnership with the RNLI
New corporate partnership! Haven picks RNLI as its new charity partner
We're excited to announce that leading family holiday company Haven has chosen the RNLI as its national charity partner for the next three years!
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The RNLI's new youth water safety messaging for 2018
New Youth Water Safety Messages
Our Youth Education and Community Safety Teams are working hard to spread our water safety messages. Recently they have been looking at our youth water safety messages to make sure they’re right for the audiences we need to reach. In an exciting step for the RNLI’s work with young people, these messages have been changed so that they are stronger, clearer and more consistent.
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The new All Weather Lifeboat kit by Helly Hansen modelled by Swanage crew member.
It’s a new look for our ALB Crew Clothing
We’re delighted to share the news that we will be upgrading the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) crew kit to ensure it meets the needs of all of our crew.
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International Women's Day 2018
Water women of the world
Today is International Women’s Day and to mark it we’re sharing the stories of four of our ‘water women’ who are defying stereotypes all around the world to change the lives of others.
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The RNLI's International training
The importance of safeguarding at the RNLI
Following widespread national media coverage of allegations of misconduct by Oxfam staff in Haiti, there has been further reporting of complaints and investigations relating to other high profile charities and their safeguarding procedures related to international operations.
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Celebrating 500,000 opt-ins for the RNLI
Half a million reasons for us to celebrate!
We have now reached a fantastic 500,000 opted in supporters which is a great achievement for the RNLI.
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Collecting personal information
Protecting our supporters’ data
Our introduction of Opt-In in January 2017 was well-received by our supporters – with almost 500,000 people opting in to receive communications from us – and shows respect for them and how we use their data. It has also put us in a good position for a big change in data protection law which is coming this year.
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The Queen's New Year's Honours List
RNLI volunteers and staff recognised in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year's Honours
We are very proud to announce the names of our volunteers and staff who have been recognised in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
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Leesa Harwood wishing RNLI volunteers a Happy New Year
Happy New Year from Leesa Harwood
Here’s a New Year video message from Community Lifesaving Director, Leesa Harwood talking us through what’s coming up in 2018. 
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The SHELL team
Keeping our volunteers safe 24/7
Like any emergency service we must ensure that our staff and volunteers are acting in the safest ways possible and don’t put themselves in any unnecessary danger. We know that saving lives takes bravery and courage but without you we can’t reduce drowning or save lives and this is why we make such a fuss of how important it is.
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Lifeguards and Face-to-Face Fundraisers at the beach
Recruitment is now open for RNLI Lifeguards and RNLI face-to-face fundraisers
Lifeguards and face-to-face fundraisers play a key part in helping to save more lives at sea. 
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RNLI Stuart Popham
A Christmas Message from Stuart Popham
Below is this year’s Christmas message from Chairman of the RNLI, Stuart Popham which celebrates some of the amazing achievements made by our people this year.
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The inshore lifeboat at St Helier Lifeboat Station
St Helier Lifeboat Station resumes service
Following several updates recently regarding our lifeboat service in St Helier, we’re delighted to announce that the inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat became fully operational on 4 December and the all-weather lifeboat, George Sullivan, returned to St Helier yesterday (5 December).
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RNLI St Ives Station and Volunteers
New Volunteer Family Support Coordinators
The RNLI Families Programme was introduced in 2015 with the aim of improving the way the RNLI engages with and supports the families of its operational lifeboat station volunteers and staff.
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The inshore lifeboat at St Helier Lifeboat Station
Returning the lifeboat service to St Helier
Today the RNLI’s Head of Lifesaving, Will Stephens, will be talking to our volunteers and supporters on Jersey about progress made in the last few days towards returning a lifeboat service to St Helier as quickly as possible.
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St Helier All-weather Lifeboat
Chief Executive update on St Helier Lifeboat Station
Chief Executive, Paul Boissier shares an update on the closure of St Helier Lifeboat Station.
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St Helier All-weather Lifeboat
St Helier Lifeboat Station update: station will close for immediate future
As you know from the update on Monday, St Helier crew met with the RNLI earlier this week and informed the RNLI of their intention to become an independent station.
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Portsmouth Lifeboat Crew Member and Lifeguard Kim Dugan
'I love what I do at the RNLI'
Last night (31 October) we saw the finale of what has been an incredible series of Saving Lives at Sea.
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Don’t miss out on having your say about Respect the Water
There’s less than a week until our Respect the Water survey closes – so don’t miss out on the chance to have your say about this year’s campaign to make sure that next year’s campaign is as effective as it can be.
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Protect the Protectors - a new Bill going through Parliament
Support our lifesavers: Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill
Today (20 October) MP Chris Bryant’s Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) private members’ Bill receives its second reading in the House of Commons.
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The LADBible and RNLI partnership
Record results for our Respect the Water partnerships with LADBible and Amazon
To help promote this year’s Respect the Water campaign to our target audience we have been working closely with the LADBible and Amazon and we’ve seen some great results from these partnerships.
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Fish supper images from Anna Heywood and Hastings Lifeboat Station
Thank you for hosting a Fish Supper
Now that the washing up is done and you’re full up on fish, we’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s RNLI Fish Supper fundraiser.
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Yellow wind warning from the BBC
An update on Storm Ophelia
We are glad to report that there have been no major incidents as a result of Storm Ophelia and there have only been minor impacts on our volunteers, staff and assets.
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A fish and chip dinner from St Austell Brewery
Floundering in the kitchen? Choose our dine out options for Fish Supper
We’re not all Michelin-starred chefs, so you may be glad to hear that you can support our Fish Supper campaign by dining out this weekend (13-15 October).
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An RNLI pager
Beep! Beep! Beep! The pager has sounded
When the pager goes off, our lifesavers drop whatever they’re doing to answer the call. It’s all part of being a lifeboat volunteer.
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Have your say about this year’s Respect the Water campaign
Our Respect the Water campaign is now in its fourth year and to make sure that next year’s campaign is as effective as it can be, we need your help.
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Nadia and Kaye's spicy seafood tagliatelle
Could you cook up a celebrity’s Fish Supper recipe?
We’ve got some fantastic celebrity support for this year’s Fish Supper campaign, and you have the opportunity to serve up some of their dishes if you are hosting a Fish Supper this weekend (13-15 October).
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IMRF exchange programme members
Volunteer crew from Europe on exchange with RNLI
The RNLI have hosted volunteer crew from seven countries across Europe as part of the International Maritime Federation’s (IMRF) European Lifeboat Crew Exchange.
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The words Anti-social behaviour stamped in big red letters on a white background
Anti-social behaviour survey results
Last February, we asked people about their experience of anti-social behaviour while working or volunteering for the RNLI. A total of 1059 people responded to the survey over 6 months.
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TV presenters Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams
Get your teeth into Nadia and Kaye’s Fish Supper live cooking demo
We’re excited to announce that TV stars Nadia Sawalha and Kaye Adams will be showing off their culinary prowess this Thursday to support our Fish Supper campaign and encourage people to host a fish-themed meal.
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Face-to-face fundraiser speaking to RNLI supporters at the beach
Lifeguards and face-to-face fundraisers team up to save lives
A family day out at the beach might have ended in disaster if it wasn’t for the face-to-face fundraisers and lifeguards on duty.
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RNLI Lifeguard supervising surfers
Lifeguards: Get your safeguarding check
As part of the safeguarding requirements of the RNLI, all lifeguards, senior lifeguards and lifeguard supervisors are required to have a current enhanced safeguarding check.
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Lifeguards and Face-to-Face Fundraisers at the beach
Season round-up: Face-to-face fundraisers and lifeguards
Lifeguards and face-to-face fundraisers: thank you for another brilliant season.
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Fish Supper campaign 2017
Don’t be ‘koi’ – spread the word about Fish Supper
The RNLI’s Fish Supper is back between 13 and 15 October and we’ve got some great recipes, fishy news and celebrity treats in store for you!
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Humber crew members reaching down into the water
What’s happening next for TRiM?
As you may be aware we have now reached the official end of our Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) pilot and a decision has been made to remain in the pilot phase until June 2018.
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A montage of RNLI volunteers
Could you be an RNLI Council Member?
The RNLI is seeking to recruit new members to our Council – a key governing body within the organisation.
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Olympian Steve Parry
Olympic medallist Steve Parry announced as Swim Safe Chair
Olympian Steve Parry has been appointed Chair of Swim Safe – our national outdoor swimming programme which teaches children aged 7-14 how to stay safe in open water – and will take up his role on 11 October.
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An RNLI pager
Answering the pager: family moments
When the pager goes off, our lifesavers drop whatever they’re doing to answer the call – even those important family moments. It’s all part of being a lifeboat volunteer.
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Freddie Hedger and Sean Deasy on patrol at Croyde beach
Lifeguards recognised for a courageous rescue
On 24 August 2017 Senior Lifeguard Freddie Hedger received the RNLI’s Alison Saunders Lifeguarding Award for his heroic actions last summer, when he risked his own life to save bodyboarder , Mary Harkin, at Croyde Beach, North Devon.
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Humber crew members reaching down into the water
The TRiM survey closes on Friday
If you have an interest or involvement in Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), don’t forget to fill in this short survey to help us make improvements to the support we offer.
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The RNLI's Respect the Water campaign
Your work this summer has saved lives: Real life story
As we near the end of another busy summer, here’s proof that the tireless work of our RNLI people, staff and volunteers, really is saving lives.
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Arriving at Lerwick Harbour: Lifeboat crew assist the fishermen off the lifeboat
'A boat's replaceable. Lives are not': Lerwick crew jump into action
On last week’s episode of Saving Lives at Sea we saw crew from Lerwick Lifeboat Station rescue the lives of five fishermen off a remote archipelago in Shetland. You can read about the rescue here…
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Young girl swimming in the sea
Safeguarding at the RNLI
New resources to help you protect and support young people and vulnerable adults.
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An RNLI pager
Pager moments: Answering the call for help
When the pager goes off, our lifesavers drop whatever they’re doing to answer the call. It’s all part of being a lifeboat volunteer.
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Photoshoot for new TV series 'Saving Lives at Sea'
Tune in to BBC Two tonight for Saving Lives at Sea
The 12-part documentary Saving Lives at Sea starts tonight at 8pm on BBC Two – will you be watching it?
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A welly amazing amount raised in our Mayday campaign!
For Mayday this year, you’ve helped us to raise an amazing £40,000 more than for last year’s campaign!
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Jeny, 19, trainee beach lifeguard from Bangladesh
A day in the life of a female swimming teacher in Bangladesh
To mark International Youth Day (Saturday 12 August) we’re sharing the story of Jeny, a 19-year-old trainee beach lifeguard, and swimming teacher in Bangladesh.
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Ramsgate Coxswain Ian Cannon and his daughter Becky
Dunkirk: Generations of lifesavers at Ramsgate
Ramsgate Crew Member Becky Cannon is following in the footsteps of her dad, as well as her great great great uncle Alf who went to Dunkirk with the Ramsgate lifeboat crew in 1940.
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Saving Lives at Sea - our crew and lifeguards at Hoylake
First episode of Saving Lives at Sea airs next Wednesday!
We’re very pleased to announce what so many of you have been waiting for: Saving Lives at Sea will be on your TV screen from next Wednesday (16 August) at 8pm on BBC Two!
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Pictures of Steve, Anton, Josie and Sam being interviewed about our Respect the Water campaign
Fantastic media coverage for our Respect the Water campaign
Did you see the fantastic media coverage of Respect the Water yesterday? We’re really proud that our important safety messages are getting the coverage that could really help save more lives.
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Humber crew members reaching down into the water
The TRiM survey: help us to improve the support we offer
In August 2016, we began a year-long pilot of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), a peer support system designed for people who have experienced traumatic events.
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Delay in re-launch of online shop and mail order service

In January we paused our mail order service, including the online shop, so that we could review the service to ensure it is the best it can be.

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Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station’s Lucy Lavers, photographed by Bekens
Lucy Lavers – the lifeboat with a story to tell from Dunkirk

The lifeboat Lucy Lavers was among the 19 lifeboats that joined the fleet of ‘little ships’ in one of the Second World War’s greatest rescues – Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk – and her story continues to this day.

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Ant Middleton talks about his support for the RNLI
You’ve seen celebrities supporting our Respect the Water campaign, and you can too!
For this year's Respect the Water campaign, we have secured fantastic support from a number of our celebrity ambassadors; from providing the voiceover for our cinema and radio adverts to tweeting about the campaign.
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Even more beaches with RNLI lifeguard cover this year

With the summer holidays about to begin, lots of families will be heading to the beach to enjoy the weather and coastline. This season we’re proud to be providing lifeguard cover for an additional nine beaches, making it easier for people to stay safe by the water this summer.

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St Helier All-weather Lifeboat
Update on the St Helier Station investigation

On 6 April 2017 the RNLI asked our volunteer Coxswain at St Helier Lifeboat Station to stand down from his position due to serious breaches of the RNLI Volunteer Code of Conduct which is in line with the RNLI’s Problem Solving Policy. Andy Hibbs challenged the decision to stand him down and as a result, a review was undertaken.

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Pwllheli lifeboats
Changes to Cardigan Bay

Last night (21 June), the outcome of the Cardigan Bay Coast Review was delivered to the three lifeboat stations that were reviewed – Pwllheli, Barmouth and New Quay.

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City of Sheffield lifeboat leaving Poole
The first ever modern RNLI lifeboat to be displayed in a museum

On Saturday morning (17 June), our retired City of Sheffield lifeboat arrived at the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield where she will be displayed for the next five years.

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John and Pam Francis with their Excellence in Volunteering Awards
John and Pam Francis presented with Excellence in Volunteering awards

Longstanding volunteers John and Pam Francis are the first RNLI volunteers to receive the highest level of award given in our new volunteer recognition programme.

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Children attending Swim Safe session at Groomsport Beach in Northern Ireland
Swim Safe sessions are in full swing

Swim Safe is off to a great start, with our first sessions taking place at the end of May in our new location at Groomsport Beach in Northern Ireland, and with some more sessions last week at Tinside Lido in Plymouth.

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Ron Cannon, Robin Cardwell and Paul Metcalfe
RNLI volunteers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

We’re thrilled to announce that three RNLI volunteers have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for helping to save lives at sea.

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Mayday collection in Dublin
Thank you for getting involved in Mayday – we’re welly proud of everyone’s efforts!

Our Mayday month has come and gone for another year, and we’re delighted to announce that the funds we’ve counted so far have reached an amazing £350,000! We want to thank everybody who has supported the Mayday campaign already.

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Shop volunteers at Walmer Lifeboat Station
Shop volunteers are playing their part in prevention too

Last month, Julie Bonner, Dawn Whitbread and Ann Austin - volunteers in the RNLI shop at the lifeboat station in Walmer - saw a woman walking in a swimsuit along the promenade looking fatigued and distressed while they were volunteering in the shop.

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RNLI St Mary's Severn class lifeboat out at sea
Crew member at St Mary’s has sustained a serious injury
A crew member from St Mary’s Lifeboat Station sustained a serious injury whilst out on service last night and an investigation is underway. However we would like to share what we know at this stage with you so that you are aware. 
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Nicholson's Pub
Our partnership with Nicholson’s pubs has launched

Promoting our Respect the Water campaign safety messaging to the target male audience is really important as men account for over three-quarters of coastal deaths each year. As part of the way we’re reaching this audience, this summer we’ve set up a six-week partnership with Nicholson’s pubs which launched on Wednesday (31 May).

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Celebrating Volunteers' Week in the UK
Celebrating Volunteers’ Week with stories from our volunteers

This week (1-7 June) is Volunteers’ Week in the UK, and to celebrate it we’ve talked to just a few of the thousands of RNLI people who are part of our amazing lifesaving team to find out how they volunteer and why they do it.

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Eastbourne Jane Holland showing the damage she sustained during the Dunkirk evacuation in May/June 1940
Marking the courage of our crews at Dunkirk

Tuesday 30 May marked the 77th anniversary of when two RNLI crews joined an armada of little ships in one of the Second World War’s greatest rescues: Operation Dynamo at Dunkirk. Did you know that two volunteer crews and 19 of our lifeboats were involved?

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Emergency services on high alert at the moment
It’s been an emotional week following the attack in Manchester and our hearts go out to all the families who have been affected.
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Respect the Water launch
Respect the Water: ‘fight your instincts, not the water’ to help stay alive

Today we launch our Respect the Water campaign to help prevent people from drowning. 

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Our lifeguards prepare patrol for Camber Sands

Today we have lifeguards starting their training at Camber Sands ahead of their first full summer season on the Sussex beach.

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Respect the Water Campaign
Coming soon – getting what you need to support this year’s Respect the Water campaign

You will all be familiar with our national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water. This year, the campaign launches to the public on Thursday 25 May. 

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Are you in the know about insurance if you fundraise for the RNLI?

The results of a recent internal audit show that it’s important that if you fundraise for the RNLI that you take a few minutes to refresh your knowledge about insurance guidelines and any forms you may need for these activities.

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The International Maritime Rescue Federation European Crew Exchange Programme 2017
IMRF European Crew Exchange Programme 2017

A volunteer opportunity has arisen to take part in the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) European Crew Exchange Programme 2017.

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Staff member Frazer Mulholland goes ‘half and half’ to support Mayday
Let Mayday Begin

With the month of May just days away, Mayday is nearly here! All around Ireland and the UK, staff, volunteers and the public are getting ready to hold fundraising events or join organised activities to do their bit to fund our kit.

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Voting
Visit requests by politicians ahead of June’s snap election

Prime Minister, Theresa May called an unexpected snap general election this week for Thursday 8 June which means that Saturday (22 April) marked the start of Purdah. Purdah is the period between an announced general election as well as local elections and the final election results.

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HRH The Duke of Kent visits Falmouth RNLI
Falmouth RNLI welcomes HRH The Duke of Kent

Falmouth RNLI volunteers gathered at their station on Monday 3 April for a royal visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent. The Duke took the all-weather-lifeboat to the station before meeting the volunteers to celebrate the station’s 150th anniversary and to officially launch their fundraising appeal.

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Mayday Cyclist
Less than four weeks to go until Mayday

With less than four week to go until Mayday begins, we’re inviting you to get involved and help us to kit out our brave volunteers who are ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice to save lives at sea.

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Barry Island's new visitor centre
Our first drowning prevention visitor centre opens on Barry Island

The RNLI’s Barry Island Visitor Centre officially opened on Friday 31 March, with Mayor of Barry, Councillor Charlotte Williams and RNLI Trustee Sonia Modray cutting the ribbon. Invited guests were then given a glimpse at its range of interactive displays and activities aimed at keeping the public safe in and around local waters.

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St Helier Lifeboat Station, Jersey
St Helier is back on service

You will have seen the news over the weekend regarding St Helier Lifeboat Station. Understandably many of you are concerned about the situation with the station and your fellow staff and volunteers. Here is an update with as much information that can be shared at the moment.

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Throw bag being used in Kingston
The public to the rescue with our new throw bag pilot

This May we’re launching an exciting new throw bag pilot in London and Kent to train local bar and security staff on how to use throw bags to save lives when people get into trouble in the water near their venue.

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Take our International survey
We’re keen to hear from you about our International work

I’m keen to hear your views on our International work.

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Workington's new Shannon
Workington welcomes new Shannon

On Wednesday 5 April, Workington Lifeboat Station in Cumbria received its new Shannon-class lifeboat (fleet number 13-19), named Dorothy May White.

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RNLI rescue stats 2017
558 lives saved last year, even more lives saved than 2015
In 2016 nearly 30,000 people needed the help of our lifeboat crews and lifeguards – so with this in mind we’re asking people to take more care at the coast and respect water.
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Islay Coxswain David MacLellan was presented with the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry
Coxswain David MacLellan awarded Medal for Gallantry
Last Saturday (25 March), Islay Coxswain David MacLellan was presented with the RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry – one of our highest accolades – for his display of great skill and seamanship during the rescue of a sailor in severe weather last year.
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A shot of Scarborough beach with a red and yellow lifeguard flag and a young child playing by the sea.
Take part in our new Instagram photo challenge
What do you love about the coast? Whether it’s spending time with your family at the beach, taking your dog for a walk along coastal paths or sunsets by the water, you can show us by taking part in our new photography challenge which starts this week. 
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Montage of RNLI Apprentices working in various roles throughout the charity
Celebrating our apprentices this National Apprenticeship Week
This week (6 – 10 March) we’re celebrating the work of our 25 apprentices as it’s National Apprenticeship Week! 
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Our great match with the Gaelic Athletic Association
We are excited to announce that the RNLI is partnering with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to promote our Respect the Water campaign to its communities across Ireland.
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Seasafe lifeguards with RNLI award
RNLI award for lifeguards who rescue 100 people from floods
A team of lifeguards in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has received the first international award for bravery from the RNLI after they rescued more than 100 people from a flooded village.
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Anti-Social Behaviour: Your views are needed
Anti-social behaviour towards RNLI people and property is on the increase. To find out more about any anti-social behaviour people have seen or experienced, we would like you to complete this short survey.
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RNLI Aith lifeboat crew of 1967
50 years on from Aith crew’s silver medal rescue
On 19 February, our most northerly lifeboat station Aith will be remembering a Silver Medal rescue that their crew took part in 50 years ago. Twelve lives were saved that day, but how did it happen…
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Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Group – Vacancy
The RNLI’s I&D Leadership Group is looking for a new member, and to maintain diversity we’re interested in hearing from a female who has a passion for the group’s focus.
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Give a #bravetag to someone you know
Courage can come in many forms, some people may be outwardly courageous and take part in the physical side of saving lives – perhaps as a crew member or a lifeguard – or they may speak up about something they struggle with, for instance a disability. Others may be inwardly courageous by facing their fears and learning to live with them.
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RNLI Sandstorm runners
RNLI Sandstorm beach-based assault course coming soon
At last, the challenge you’ve been waiting for – can you ride out the storm on Sunday 26 March?
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HM The Queen visiting St Peter Port Lifeboat Station
The Patron’s Fund presents our Heritage team with a £2,500 gift
Our Heritage team has recently received a gift of £2,500 from The Patron’s Fund which will be used to catalogue and digitise records in the RNLI archive relating to our Patrons from 1824 to the present day.
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Alice Price, RNLI Lifeguard
‘I attended my first major incident in my first shift as an RNLI Lifeguard.’
Hi, my name is Alice Price and I’ve worked as an RNLI Lifeguard for three years now and can’t wait to start my fourth year. I’d like to tell you what it’s like being a lifeguard and how to spread the word about recruitment for more RNLI Lifeguards like me …
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Mayday is coming!
This May sees the return of Mayday, the RNLI’s yellow welly-themed annual fundraising campaign, and we’re excited to tell you how you can get involved.
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Help us improve how we care for our supporters
Our aim is to improve our process to ensure supporters get the right help quickly. We’re trialling a new approach for 12 months.
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Three RNLI volunteers
‘Never before have I felt so appreciated and welcomed by complete strangers.’
Recruitment for more RNLI face-to-face fundraisers is open until Sunday 22 January and we need your help to spread the word to people who are looking for a job in face-to-face fundraising this summer.
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Pausing our mail order service temporarily
From Tuesday 17 January the RNLI will be pausing its mail order service, including the online shop. This is so that we can review the service to ensure it is the best it can be. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
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Become a face-to-face fundraiser
Recruitment starts to find more RNLI lifeguards and RNLI face-to-face fundraisers
Lifeguards and face-to-face fundraisers play a key part in helping to save more lives at sea.
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RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier at Tower lifeboat station.
A New Year Message from Paul Boissier
Hear from our Chief Executive, Paul Boissier as we look ahead to 2017 and reflect on some of the fantastic achievements of 2016.
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Understanding people’s experiences of serious water-related incidents
To gain a better understanding of what contributes to serious incidents at sea or out on the coast, the RNLI has commissioned new research.
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Six RNLI staff and volunteers are recognised in the Queens's New Year Honours list
Six RNLI staff and volunteers are recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list
Six fellow RNLI staff members and volunteers are being recognised in the New Year Honours list for their contribution to saving lives at sea.
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Quizmas 2016
Our Quizmas winner is...
This year we had a huge number of volunteers and staff members enter our Christmas Quiz – there were over 300 of you! In the end it was very close with three people scoring the top marks, but there could only be one winner…
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Christmas traditions from around the world
Christmas time is full of traditions. Whether it’s dressing up as a horse or decorating a banana tree, it seems that no matter where you are in the world there will be something you can join in with!
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A wicker hamper containing chutney, crackers, jam and fudge.
Let’s get quizzical this Christmas!
There are only 20 sleeps until Christmas, so to get you into the festive mood you have the opportunity to enter our Christmas quiz and be in with the chance of winning a Christmas hamper!
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Painting of the Nafsiporos rescue
The rescue of the Nafsiporos: 50 years on
Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the RNLI’s most remarkable rescues when three lifeboats were launched in hurricane conditions to rescue the crew of the Greek freighter Nafsiporos off the coast of Wales in 1966.
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Collection of road safety signs; pedestrian crossing the road, road works, cyclists and traffic lights
Top tips for staying safe this winter
It’s not just when you’re out and about by the sea or walking through the hills that you need to be safe this winter. Here are some top safety tips for those wintry days when you’re out and about volunteering wherever you are …
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Former RNLI crew member Willie Wright sitting on a boat
In memory of Willie Wright
It is with much sadness that we announce that former RNLI crew member Willie Wright has passed away at the age of 83.
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David MacAskill presented with Bronze Medal for Gallantry
David MacAskill presented with Bronze Medal for Gallantry
Last Friday (18 November) Lochinver Coxswain David MacAskill was presented with one of the RNLI’s top accolades – the Bronze Medal for Gallantry – for his courage and determination during a stormy night time rescue when four lives were saved.
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388,155 people have opted in to at least one channel
It’s the final countdown for opting in
The third and final wave of the opt-in campaign launches today as we contact our supporters directly a final time to ask if they will opt in to stay in touch with us in the future.
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Anti-Bullying Week: Use your power for good
Anti-Bullying Week (14 to 18 November) is an annual UK event which aims to raise awareness of bullying and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
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Introducing the sponsor of the new LGBT+ network
Anjie Rook, Business Services and Support Director at the RNLI, is the sponsor for the RNLI’s new LGBT+ network which Jacob Davies introduced last month.
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SeaSafe Lifeguard Jowel Juboraj in Bangladesh holding a plastic bottle buoy
RNLI wins the first IMRF Search and Rescue Heroes Awards
In the first ever International Maritime Rescue Federation Awards, the RNLI came away winners for an international project to design a bottle buoy.
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Paul Boissier holding a break the silence plaque
Break the Silence
RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier talks about why the RNLI is leading the response to tackle global drowning, a silent, but preventable epidemic that affects the world’s poorest the most, in particular children.
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Group shot of Exmouth RNLI volunteers on the beach holding an RNLI flag
New group launched for families of operational volunteers
A new way for loved ones of operational lifeboat station volunteers to support one another.
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Salcombe disaster
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Salcombe Disaster
On 27 October 1916, in the middle of the Great War, the community of Salcombe in Devon suffered a terrible loss when the lifeboat William and Emma capsized on Salcombe Bar after returning from an abortive mission. Of the 15-man crew, only two survived.
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Behind the scenes of Saving Lives at Sea
The BBC’s four-part series Saving Lives at Sea reached an audience of 32 MILLION and brought the RNLI unprecedented levels of awareness, donations, and volunteering enquiries.
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Loch Fyne Fish Supper
All dished up – thank you for hosting a Fish Supper!
Now that the washing up is done and you’re full up on fish, we’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s RNLI Fish Supper fundraiser.
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I squid you not – Fish Supper is nearly here!
This weekend (14 – 16 October) is the RNLI’s Fish Supper annual charity fundraising event. It’s the social event of the autumn calendar, but have you signed up to host a supper yet?
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Water Safety Pilot Scheme
Piloting a partnership to train children in water safety
Having seen the success of delivering Swim Safe at beaches over the summer, the RNLI teamed up with Stockport sport and fitness provider, Life Leisure to develop and pilot a water safety programme for children’s swimming pool lessons.
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The RNLI's LGBT+ Network is coming out
"Some of you will know me, but a much larger group won’t so I’ll let you know a few things about me.
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Fish Supper judges judging menus
The results are in – the Marvellous Menu Competition winners are…
With only a few days to go until the RNLI’s Fish Supper – 14 to 16 October – we are pleased to announce the three winners of the Marvellous Menu Competition!
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