Volunteer Shop Co-ordinator - Tighnabruaich, Scotland
The RNLI shops started life as simple cake stalls, run by volunteers and their supporters to raise money for the local Lifeboats and stations. These stalls started selling commemorative RNLI products in around 1920 and quickly moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards. The first shop to be run as part of an actual station opened in 1990.
Today we operate in excess of 160 RNLI shops based inland and on the coast across the UK and Ireland, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jams to clothing, and key-rings and buckets to model boats and sweatshirts, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards.
For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our charity, and as a volunteer shop manager/co-ordinator you could be the person that engages them and the other shop volunteers to support us now, and in the future. Your welcoming, organised and efficient nature will ensure that our shops are a friendly and attractive place to shop, fully representing the RNLI values.
Could you donate your time to the RNLI to manage the shop and co-ordinate the volunteer team in Tighnabruaich in a volunteering capacity? A background in retail is not essential but the ability to get on with people from many walks of life, to manage and motivate other like-minded volunteers and to be able to deal with problems in a calm manner is.
The satisfaction of running a successful shop that contributes to saving lives at sea and being part of the RNLI, one of the United Kingdoms most respected and recognised charities is all part of what volunteering for us is about.