Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising – recruitment is now open for face-to-face fundraisers

Recruitment for more RNLI face-to-face fundraisers is open until Sunday 15 April. If you know anyone with excellent people skills and a passion for helping others, please let them know about this great opportunity for one of the UK and Ireland’s best summer jobs.
Petrina Muscroft at the Face-to-Face Fundraisers conference in 2017

Photo: RNLI/Andrew Parish

Our fundraisers are so important for helping us create a sustainable RNLI as they encourage members of the public to opt in to donate and stay in contact with us. They also share water safety messages that play a vital part in our prevention work. In 2017 our face-to-face fundraisers encouraged over 16,000 sign ups and shared safety messages with 100,000 people.

To tell you more about what it’s like to be a face-to-face fundraiser, we’ve caught up with Petrina who joined the team for the first time last March.

What made you want to become a F2F fundraiser?

I’ve always supported the RNLI, so when I saw the job advertised on Facebook I thought that it looked like a great way to get even more involved with the charity.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis as a F2F fundraiser?

Each morning the team meets up to begin the day with a fun, energising activity. We are then briefed on what we’re going to do and how we’ll approach the day. Next we go out to the event or location we’re working at that day and start engaging with members of the public.

No day is the same, as you meet such a range of people – but I’ve always managed to have fun and a good laugh with my team and people I meet. It was important to learn how to tailor each conversation when chatting about the RNLI to make sure that you engage with people in the right way – and hopefully encourage them to sign up to support us.

What do you talk about to members of the public?

It really depends on the person you’re speaking to and the venue you’re at. Children are great to engage with, and I spent a lot of time last year making them aware of our Respect the Water campaign by sharing the ‘float to live’ message with them.

We also ask mini quiz questions about the RNLI, we share facts and figures, and we also talk about personal experiences and stories from crew members.

People we meet aren’t always as responsive as we’d hope. But even if they don’t sign up, I know that I’ve shared important water safety messages with them and spoken about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI. When you do get that sign up though, it’s an amazing feeling!

Do you enjoy being a face-to-face fundraiser?

Yes!

There’s a constant feel-good factor of knowing that you’re making a difference, which is very rewarding. I’m also surrounded by a fantastic team – who are more like a family. You work hard and laugh hard together. There’s always a smiling face, great communication and a shoulder to lean on. It’s definitely a unique family with a very strong bond and we take great pride in what we do.

How could I become a face-to-face fundraiser in 2018?

You can visit the face-to-face website here to find out what opportunities are available in your area. You’ll also find out more information about being a face-to-face fundraiser.

Applications close on Sunday 15 April, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to join the team this year!

Don’t forget to watch our video here to find out more.