Dear Colleagues

RNLI Volunteers

My name is Tony Watson – I am a retired West Yorkshire Police Officer and member of NARPO.

I have, for more years than I can remember, been a member and supporter of the RNLI, and now my main volunteer role is that of Regional Lead Facilitator for their Young Adults Programme, which is delivered into Colleges throughout England and Wales. My region basically covers anything north of Watford to the Scottish Border, and (at the moment) most of Wales.

The Young Adults Programme is a long-term collaboration with colleges of further and higher education. It gives the RNLI an opportunity to reach out to tens of thousands of people in the 16–25 year age group who are about to enter adulthood and the workforce.

The programme is a learning package designed by the RNLI to deliver leadership and teamwork skills that meet not only the specific demands of course curricula but also the need for colleges to respond to government policy to prepare their students for the world of work.

The package comes in two parts. Firstly, a part-lecture, part-tutorial built around Respect the Water to give students a greater understanding of risk awareness and management, personal and peer group responsibility, behaviour change and decision-making within the context of water safety. And secondly, a facilitated half-day coaching session that immerses students in a fictional but authentic maritime search and rescue scenario to give them a real-world experience of making decisions under pressure and within a team.

Because of the popularity and uptake of this Programme by Colleges throughout England and Wales, we are needing to recruit more volunteer Facilitators to help us deliver the Programme into Colleges. Facilitators work in teams of two.

The role is voluntary, but mileage and meal allowances are paid. In some cases, Colleges require more than one day – sometimes up to a full week, and so hotel accommodation is booked and paid for by the RNLI.

I have already liaised with Terry Jepson of the Huddersfield Branch, of which I am a member, and as a result have recruited one new Facilitator for the programme.

There are no specific qualifications or requirements for anyone to undertake this role, other than the ability to talk to up to 250 students at a time for the Water Safety Tutorial and facilitate up to 36 students in the Workshop. No maritime experience or knowledge is necessary.

I have attached some further information which may be of interest, and I ask if it would be possible to circulate your Branch members with details and ask anyone who is interested to contact me for further details or just a chat about what it entails.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and I hope that you feel you can assist with this request.

Best wishes,

Tony Watson



If interested, or for more information, please email me, Tony Watson

Volunteer Role

Young Adults Programme Session Leader

RNLI Youth Education

Why the RNLI needs this role:

This role will help us save lives at sea and reduce accidental drownings by raising awareness of the RNLI and developing skills around decision making and personal risk management for young adults.

Potential time commitment:

Flexible (approximately 6-12 hours per month through September – April)


Youth Education

Responsible to:

Project Lead, Young Adults Programme

Role specific requirements:

An interest in the RNLI and working with young adults, ability to be able to volunteer in Further and Higher Education Colleges and Universities, Level 2 – RNLI Safeguarding.

This role involves:
  • Complying with the Volunteer Commitment
  • Presenting and delivering workshops and tutorials to 16-25 year olds in a Further/Higher Education settings.
  • Using water safety, drowning prevention and RNLI experience in search-and-rescue as the coaching framework to prepare learners for the world of work.
  • To travel to Colleges and Universities within locality (and beyond where necessary by prior approval with SYEM) and to develop continuing relationships with tutors/management teams.
  • To sell and promote the programme to Further and Higher Education Colleges and Universities within your locality.
  • To introduce fundraising and volunteering opportunities to Further and Higher Education Colleges and Universities when appropriate.
  • To act as an ambassador for the work of the RNLI to a Further and Higher Education audience.
Training and support:
  • Training on programme delivery by Project Leads and/or RNLI staff when appropriate.
  • The RNLI will aim to provide opportunities for personal development in your volunteer role.
What you will get from this role:
  • Make a positive difference towards raising RNLI awareness and reducing incidents of drowning among young adults
  • Have the satisfaction of giving back
  • Develop your skills and experience within the supportive environment of this leading national charity
  • Reasonable travel and lunch expenses covered – travelling outside of locality will require pre-approval from Senior Youth Education Manager

What you need for this role:

  • Good communication skills
  • Willingness to be proactive within the locality
  • Enthusiasm
  • An interest in the RNLI and its activities
  • Prepared to travel within the locality
  • Business experience
  • IT Literate (including an email account)
  • Experience of presenting to an adult/youth audience
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Experience of facilitating discussions/debates

RNLI Values:

The RNLI has set values as an organisation that we ask all our staff and volunteers to uphold:

Selfless: Willing to put the requirements of others before our own and the needs of the team before the individual, able to see the bigger picture and act in the best interests of the RNLI. Inclusive and respectful of others. Prepared to share our expertise with organisations that share our aims.

Dependable: Always available, committed to doing our part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise, continuously developing and improving. Working in and for the community and delivering on our promises.

Trustworthy: Responsible, accountable and efficient in the use of the donations entrusted to us, managing our affairs with transparency, integrity and impartiality.

Courageous: Prepared to achieve our aims in changing and challenging environments. We are innovative, adaptable and determined in our mission to save more lives at sea

Health and safety responsibilities:

To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of others with whom you volunteer, by reporting all potential and actual health and safety matters including accidents using the correct procedures. Induction training will be provided at site.


The RNLI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and comply with the RNLI Safeguarding Policy and Procedures to ensure safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

Level 2 requirements: Awareness, understanding and training in safeguarding is required upon commencement of role (to be delivered by RNLI).

If interested, or for more information, please email me, Tony Watson