Shop Volunteers

Shop Volunteers

Volunteer area
North and East
Volunteer role type images
https://volunteering.rnli.org/incl2016/images/Shop%20AR%20Dunbar%20Shop%20Volunteers.jpg
Volunteer location
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Latitude and longitude (Vol locations)
54.2834129333496, -0.393094003200531
Time commitment
Flexible with weekly requirements
Team
Fundraising Marketing & Media
Responsible to
Volunteer Shop Manager
Safeguarding level
2: Awareness and understanding of safeguarding policy required and online safeguarding training module required to be completed upon commencement of role.
Closing Date
30-01-2022
Reference
V11958
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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 160 RNLI shops and this number is growing, 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 jam to clothing, and key rings to model boats, 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 shop volunteer you could be the person that engages them to support us now, and in the future. 

The impact you will make 

You will help save lives at sea by generating vital funds as well as promoting the work of the RNLI to customers and raising awareness of key safety messages. 

What you will be doing 

  • Interacting with customers, providing a high level of customer service and ensuring that the shop is a friendly and welcoming place
  • Operating the till (including end of day cashing up) and credit card machine
  • Alerting the Volunteer Shop Manager/Co-ordinator to any issues
  • Championing the RNLI, it's One Crew ethos and building its reputation in the local area

Find out more about becoming a shop volunteer 

What you need for this role 

  • Enthusiasm
  • Good communication skills and personable manner
  • Ability to contribute as part of a team
  • Confident handling money
  • Comfortable working in a customer service environment

What’s in it for you 

  • Join an inclusive and diverse organisation
  • Have fun, meet new people and join a motivated and enthusiastic team who are making a difference
  • Learn skills and gain experience to enhance your CV
  • Gain the satisfaction of giving back
  • Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided and reasonable out of pocket expenses reimbursed