Volunteer Community Safety Officer - Minehead (V9785)

Volunteer Community Safety Officer - Minehead

This vital role will help us save lives at sea by developing Community Lifesaving Plans (CLPs) in the RNLI’s bid to reduce the number of preventable deaths and incidents that occur within the local coastal and inland waterway environment.



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South West Region
Volunteer type
Community Safety
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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, saving life 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.  A Community Lifesaving Plan is aimed at reducing fatalities and serious incidents by targeting particular “at risk” groups with specifically targeted interventions.

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 will be responsible for a team including a volunteer who will deliver the interventions identified in the plan, another who will be seeking to develop further relationships within the community and finally a volunteer who will ensure that the team has a good administrative back-up.  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 IT 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 in particular the work of Community Safety.

Please apply online or for further information contact the RNLI’s Volunteering Team on 01202 663346 or by email on volunteering@rnli.org.uk.


This is a volunteer opportunity within the RNLI.  RNLI volunteers are people who, unpaid and of their own free will, contribute their time, energy and skills to support the purposes of the RNLI.  RNLI volunteers may perform a variety of tasks and duties, under direction and guidance, using their skills, knowledge and time to help the RNLI best achieve its objectives.

We respect and honour our volunteers by building trust and understanding.  Such a partnership is not intended to be a legally binding contract or to have mutuality of obligation, but instead express a voluntary two-way commitment where everyone gains satisfaction from being part of our organisation.

The RNLI is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.  We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting).   

Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards our goals of halving drowning in the UK and Ireland by 2024. This involves a growing commitment to preventative action, using our expertise to work in partnership with communities locally, nationally and internationally to prevent drowning.