Category: Volunteering

Fake car crash tests our volunteers



You’re a volunteer at a motor racing event, when there is a high-speed collision. The vehicle skids off the track and hurls into a dense crowd of spectators. It bursts into flames. People panic as they try to evacuate…

What do you do to help? Can you act quickly and decisively?

To test people’s reactions in an emergency, a huge mock-up of this very accident took place recently. More

Time to give up? Helping young refugees to volunteer

Refugee volunteer

© Najeeb Mirzada and British Red Cross

A new report reveals what it is like to volunteer as a young refugee or asylum seeker – and also what stops many from doing it in the first place.

Refugees and asylum seekers flee traumatic situations, and usually arrive confused and grieving for what they have left behind. They often speak little, or nothing, of their new country’s language. They may be alone or with limited family support. Their new country can seem alien, with different customs and culture.

As Student Volunteering Week shines a spotlight on young people and volunteering, new research shows that volunteering can help refugees and asylum seekers slot into their new society. More

Teen lifesaver supports campaign for young volunteers

Dionne with HRH Prince Charles, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and young volunteers.

Dionne (holding the ‘up’ sign) at the campaign launch with Nick Clegg, David Cameron, HRH Prince Charles, Ed Miliband and young volunteers.

Dionne Burns saved a man’s life as a Red Cross first aid volunteer when she was 17 years old. Here she explains why volunteering still gives her such a buzz – and why she is encouraging other young people to take part in a brand new campaign.

Being a Red Cross first aider is always interesting – you never know what you are going to be dealing with. When I joined as a young 16-year-old girl, I never expected that in a few years’ time I’d be chatting with Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace!


The big truck with a global reach


UNIMOG-BLOGWhat’s the difference between our response to a major disaster overseas and a crisis right here at home in the UK? Sometimes, very little.

The British Red Cross’ moving new TV advert shows how a crisis can happen anywhere, to anyone.

Understandably, the advert paints a picture of large-scale operations overseas and more intimate levels of help for individuals in the UK. Here in this country, we’re fortunately not too troubled by earthquakes and droughts. More

Every crisis is personal


At the British Red Cross we believe that every crisis is personal.

A crisis can be a catastrophic event like the recent typhoon in the Philippines, which destroyed livelihoods and buildings.

Or it can be much smaller – like a woman stranded at home because she doesn’t have the confidence to get out and about after an illness.

A crisis can happen to anyone at any time. It doesn’t matter to us how big a crisis is or how many people it affects. What matters is that someone needs our help. More

Twelve drivers driving


On the twelfth day of helping, the Red Cross gave to me: 12 drivers driving

Two drivers by Red Cross minibus


You can volunteer to be a chauffeur with a difference. By driving a car for the Red Cross, you can offer door-to-door assistance for those in need. By giving people a lift to their medical appointments, taking them shopping or just allowing them to get out and about, you can change people’s lives for the better in your community.

The ’12 days of helping’ are 12 ideas to help other people and change your world in 2014. Read the full list and see what you can do.

Eleven relatives reunited


On the eleventh day of helping, the Red Cross gave to me: eleven relatives reunited

Two refugee girls smilingMany families have spent time together in the last few days, but across the world people have lost contact with their loved ones after conflicts or natural disasters. Can you volunteer to help us put families back in touch? Find out more about being an international family tracing volunteer.

The ‘12 days of helping’ are 12 ideas to help other people and change your world in 2014. Tomorrow: give someone a lift and be a chauffeur with a difference.

Eight teas with milk in


On the eighth day of helping, the Red Cross gave to me: eight teas with milk in

Volunteer drinks tea with someone who needs help at home

Visiting someone at home who has just come out of hospital, is recovering from an illness or is going through a life-changing event can make a real difference to their lives. Making a cup of tea, helping with the shopping, playing a board game or just going for a walk can really brighten someone’s week and give them back their confidence.

Find out about volunteering to provide support at home.

The ‘12 days of helping‘ are 12 ideas to help other people and change your world in 2014. Tomorrow: a fantastic opportunity for young dancers.