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Takeover Day – What happens when young volunteers take charge of the Red Cross for 24 hours?



©Matthew Percival/British Red Cross

Rémi-Adelé Kaz, in the green top, was director of communications for a day – ©Matthew Percival/British Red Cross

This is a guest blog by Rémi-Adelé Kaz, who took part in Takeover Day – a national initiative that saw 12 young volunteers take charge of the British Red Cross for a day last week. The 16-year-old student volunteers in a Red Cross shop in Bournemouth once a week.

Although I was aware of the fantastic work that the British Red Cross does for people across the UK and the world, I never realised just how much the Red Cross would do for me as a young volunteer. More

Photos: Red Crescent vaccinates children against polio


As part of a national campaign, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent is vaccinating children in areas of Syria that the government cannot access. Red Crescent volunteers have been immunising children up to five years old against polio, mumps, measles and rubella.



Paul Conroy Syrian refugee photo exhibition – image gallery


Copy of PC_532Acclaimed Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy today unveils a series of intimate portraits of Syrian refugees living in the UK.

The free exhibition tells the story of how the refugees came to UK and how the Red Cross has supported them along the way.

It has been a highly-emotional project for the 49-year-old photographer, who has a unique bond with the Syrian people. More

Typhoon Haiyan – devastation and fear in the Philippines


Two women stand next to a building that has been destroyed

“People are scared. They’re worried about the lack of food and water, they’ve got absolutely nothing.”

British Red Cross delegate Nichola Jones paints a desperate picture of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Some 11.3 million people have been affected in the Philippines and thousands are dead. The final death toll is yet to be established as the scale of destruction continues to unfold. More

In pictures: Red Cross sends supplies to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Supplies bound for the Philippines are loaded on to a truck at our warehouse

Supplies bound for the Philippines are loaded on to a truck at our warehouse

A British Red Cross flight carrying crucial supplies to the Philippines is set to leave the UK on Thursday morning.

Nearly 10 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan with more than 650,000 people displaced. More

First aid tips for young drivers

Young driver calls an ambulance for an injured cyclist

©Thompson, Layton (BRC)

A few days ago the government announced that it’s considering different measures that will affect young drivers. These include curfews and increasing the age when you can get a licence to 18. Why? Because young people are more likely to be in a road accident.

Although these government measures cannot prevent all crashes, every young driver can boost their knowledge of first aid so that they know what to do if an accident happens. Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at British Red Cross, has this simple advice for any driver who finds themselves at the scene of an accident. More

Kenya attack: how we’re providing emotional support

A group of men stand in the street as several fire engines pass behind them

©Kenya Red Cross Society

In the aftermath of disaster, the physical scars inflicted upon communities and their inhabitants are all too apparent. But emotional trauma can be harder to spot and can leave an indelible mark on an individual.

Providing emotional support to people recovering from a traumatic experience is now a fundamental part in the training of British Red Cross volunteers, who are there to help people in crisis.

Two volunteers have been sent to Nairobi, Kenya, as part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office rapid deployment team. More