Volunteer Community Safety Officer - Minehead
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, but it’s not limited to launching a lifeboat or providing lifeguards to save lives.
Community safety fulfils one of the four strands of the RNLI’s concept of operations (Rescue, Influence, Supervise, Educate) saving lives at sea by providing free education and advice and facilitating other interventions through Community Lifesaving Plans.
The Community Safety Officer is a pivotal role in that you would be involved in the design and implementation of the Community Lifesaving Plan, liaising closely with the Area Lifesaving Manager and the local Lifeboat Station, as well as delivering RNLI Community safety advice directly to members of the community.. A Community Lifesaving Plan is aimed at reducing fatalities and serious incidents by targeting particular ‘at risk’ groups with specifically targeted interventions.
Since 1901 the lifeboat crews and lifeboats of Minehead Lifeboat Station have covered a stretch of the Bristol Channel from Lynmouth to Hinkley Point, where sailing, kayaking, kite-surfing and other water sports are among the main attractions. The Lifeboat Crew are all volunteers, headed up by the Lifeboat Operations Manager and Deputy Launching Authorities and supported by a Shore Crew team. The wider team includes volunteer fundraisers and shop volunteers.
This volunteer opportunity would suit somebody who has an understanding of marine based and waterside activity in the local area covered by the plan. You may be responsible for other volunteers who are also delivering the interventions identified in the plan, Good interpersonal and organisational skills will therefore be important and potentially somebody who has supervised a team although this is not a requirement to be considered for this role.
This is a great volunteer opportunity for someone who is a good communicator, is PC competent and can be effective both within a team and on a stand-alone basis; analytical skills would also be advantageous. If you would like to join a friendly, dedicated and motivated team and fit the criteria above or, have some of the required skills and would like to develop further in this area, we would like to hear from you. Training will be provided to ensure a full knowledge of the RNLI and the role.