Training is long, detailed and intense, but once completed it gives you the ability to practise and perform lifesaving techniques on a daily basis giving everybody a confidence in their ability. Due to the friendly environment that is established from day 1. The RNLI are always happy to help come together to solve issues by working together as one unit.
Inspector (Former Employee) - National - 13 May 2020
Beset with issues but reliant on historical good will to maintain their supporter base. Very much rewarding of sycophancy over substance which has resulted in the better, skilled staff leaving and leaving them with a skills void which is easily seen in the difficulties staff have had in maintaining volunteer relationships.
Frequently funds were misused by management for personal gain but this was very much the norm and not challenged,. Salary was good although recently they have reduced many wages and the pension is world class.
Can honestly say it was an absolute pleasure to work for the RNLI. Supporters (customers) were all lovely, colleagues really include you from the get-go, management are clear in what they want and understanding if you have any problems, I had no problems whatsoever from them - I only wish I had worked there full time instead of on secondment!
The RNLI was a happy and easy place to fit in to however the role I worked in was stressful, fast paced and overly unorganised. Despite this working for the charity gave me positive vibes whenever resolving an incident.
The workshop is divided into Teams.Some of the work was working with my colleagues but other work relied on me setting my own pace to complete work. There were targets but they were achievable. The Management were very supportive
Crew Member (Current Employee) - Seahouses - 10 January 2020
Volunteer role as crew. Excellent group of volunteers. Management are approachable and fair, crew welfare is paramount & also health & safety. Although role is unpaid as a volunteer- all out of pocket expenses are always reimbursed
The pace of the organisation is very slow. Senior Management should be looking at the best way to deliver the service but seem more interested in building their "empire" rather than focusing on the tasks to deliver
I am currently a branch box collector in Bangor north wales looking after and sorting out charity boxes for this great cause.
Besides this I am also part of the committee that organises, fundraisers for and runs Moelfre Lifeboat Day once a year
Both of these roles have been absolutely amazing, working with great people for a great cause, everyone in the charity has a hirstoeu with the charity and everyone’s history is unique which makes the charity even more amazing.
National LIfesaving Charity founded in 1824. UK and Ireland coverage with over 200 lifeboat stations and seasonal lifeguarded beaches. Headquartered in Poole with approximately 1000 staff on a large campus which includes the residential RNLI College and sea survival centre.