The British Red Cross responds to various UK emergencies every year, from floods and house fires to major incidents. Their trained volunteers support emergency services, local authorities and other partner agencies which responding to crisis events.
As an Emergency Response Volunteer, you will be providing much needed practical and emotional support to individuals. As part of a team, we support emergency services and other partner agencies following a crisis, emergency or major incident.
Location:- this can be varied and may include incident scenes and Rest Centres or within Red Cross premises and vehicles.
Commitment:- they are flexible around your volunteering as this is dependent on your availability, but you will be required to perform a minimum of two rota duties per month and when additional incidents occur.
Offering practical and emotional support to those affected by emergency or crisis event:
> Supplying basic provisions i.e. food, drinks, hygiene packs and clothing etc. > Signposting to partner agencies regarding temporary accommodation > Providing emotional support in a Rest Centre i.e. after a flood > Working alongside other responders namely Fire, Police and Ambulance Services, Local Authorities and other voluntary agencies > Attend briefings, undertake training and complete administration tasks as required.
Service users are always their priority and they work to understand their needs, supporting them in making a positive difference. Responders need good communication, social and teamwork skills.
> To respond when on call or if required > Able to support other calmly and with empathy in crisis situations > Able to follow role specific guidance and instruction > To uphold the Fundamental Principles and Values of the Red Cross, whilst adhering to the Society's Equal Opportunities Policy > A DBS check is required for this role.
> The chance to work with different people from different walks of life; making a positive difference > Opportunities to work with a range of external partner agencies > Comprehensive training so you are properly equipped to carry out your Red Cross role; developing existing skills and gaining new ones > Working as part of an effective team > Payment of expenses when on duty
By being a British Red Cross volunteer you can proudly say you are a member of the world's largest humanitarian organisation.