Volunteering Awards

Our volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI. Without all our volunteers - crew, lifeguards, fundraisers, education presenters, shop, community safety, museum and others – the RNLI wouldn’t be able to save lives at sea.

Group shot of Lough Ree crew and station volunteers.

Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

We couldn't save lives at sea without our selfless volunteers

Volunteers deserve recognition for the incredible contribution they make.

With a range of awards for volunteers including informal thank yous, Long Service awards and Excellence in Volunteering awards, we try to ensure both service and efforts are recognised. 

Take a look at the headings below for more information, criteria and frequently asked questions.

Long Service Awards

Please only fill this form in if you are a voluntary Volunteer Manager or a staff Volunteer Manager.

Excellence in Volunteering Awards

With our Excellence in Volunteering Awards, staff and volunteers can nominate fellow volunteers who they think deserve special recognition for going above and beyond what is expected of them.

Please let us know of any individual or groups who have gone the extra mile by clicking on the above nomination form.  

To allow us to ensure we are providing the nominee with a fair award, we rely on the information given by the nominator. So the more facts, figures and information you provide the more accurate the result is in determining what recognition is appropriate. It is helpful to have specific examples of when the group/individual contributed more than what their role requires and what effect this had.

We aim to let you know the result of your nomination within 3 weeks.

The RNLI is proud to have such long serving volunteers. We recognize their dedication and commitment with Long Service Awards.

Please let us know of any current volunteer who has achieved 20 or more years’ service this year by clicking the ‘Request Long Service Award’ button. We will be taking requests until 19 February 2021.

Please look through the FAQ guide for eligibility (PDF 359KB)

We will soon be recognising 5 and 10 years' service too so please check back on this page for the latest development on this.

RNLI supporters are any person or business who is not registered as a volunteer but raises funds or awareness on our behalf. Examples of this could be a local business, an individual who has organised a one-off fundraiser or a school.

Please email volunteer_recognition@rnli.org.uk to request recognition for a Supporter.

We have a range of Thank You cards available on Marketing Unity and to order directly from Volunteer Recognition. Please email volunteer_recognition@rnli.org.uk more information.

Long Service enquiries: LSA@rnli.org.uk

Supporter Award enquiries: supporterawards@rnli.org.uk

Excellence in Volunteering Award enquiries: eva@rnli.org.uk

Anything else:


01202 663183 / 01202 336304