Exmouth RNLI seeks volunteer manager for charity’s Queen’s Drive lifeboat station shop

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Exmouth RNLI is keen to recruit a volunteer shop manager willing to donate their time to help raise funds for the lifeboats.

The sea safety charity is seeking an enthusiastic, organised person, with excellent communications skills, for the volunteer role, based at the Queen’s Drive lifeboat station.

The shop currently has 44 volunteers, opens seven days a week, and is considered by the national charity as one of its ‘top shops’.

An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said a background in retail was not essential.

The new recruit will work with the deputy shop manager and other volunteers.

The spokesman said: “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.”

The RNLI shops started life as cake stalls, run by volunteers and charity supporters to raise money for the local lifeboats and stations.

From around 1920, the stalls began selling commemorative RNLI products then moved on to selling souvenirs and Christmas cards.

The first shop to be run within a lifeboat station opened in 1990.

To find out more, and apply, see here.

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