Category: Volunteering

How to take the perfect portrait photo (in six easy steps)


Canon-young-photographerWant to know the score before entering our young person’s photography competition? Canon’s resident expert, David Parry, has some top tips.

1. Watch the background.
Pay close attention to what’s behind your subject. Bright colours and patterns can be distracting, and will take away from the impact your shot will have. More

How your shopping trolley can help struggling families


FareShare-BLOGOur volunteers are currently collecting food donations at Tesco stores to support families hit by food poverty – and you can do your bit to help.

If you find yourself shopping at Tesco between now and Saturday, you could do someone a very good turn by throwing a couple of extra items in your basket.

A UK-wide food collection drive has just launched today, and our volunteers are on hand in many stores to accept non-perishable items. These include tinned goods, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, cereal and UHT milk. More

A student’s story: why I volunteer with refugees


Anna refugee volunteerEvery year, we support thousands of refugees and asylum seekers all over the country. Anna Bromwich, a student, tells us why she volunteers with this particular group – and how there is more to her role than meets the eye…

I volunteer for quite a few reasons. I volunteer to complement my studies. I volunteer so I don’t sit in front of a computer all day!

But I also volunteer because I want to help refugees and asylum seekers. More

Red Cross nurses recall D-Day landings


On the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings we take a look back to the mission and the aftermath during the Second World War with two former Red Cross nurses (VADs).

 An eventful 70 years have passed since Judy Stokes first signed up to be a Red Cross volunteer. Perhaps none more so than her first summer as a 19-year-old Red Cross nurse (VAD) in 1944 when the D-Day landings changed the course of the Second World War.

“I’ll never forget that wonderful announcement [of a second front],” said Judy. “It was a frenzy of excitement. The only thing like it was when the war had ended, and there was such, such happiness.”

 Judy Stokes in her Red Cross nurse uniform


Ellen’s story: volunteering helped me cope with anorexia


Volunteer Ellen Devine smiling in her Red Cross uniformEllen Devine explains why volunteering boosted her confidence – and how she uses her experiences of mental illness to help others.

Living with anorexia can feel like existing inside a glass bauble: you can see out and into the ‘real’ world, but you cannot touch it, feel it or fully experience it. Fear keeps you inside. More

Join the great British grub grab!


Lloyds_31259_JoelFrom 3-5 July, there will be a huge food collection drive to help the increasing number of families hit by food poverty. Registration for this event has now closed but do take a look at other volunteering opportunities.

Have you noticed we don’t hear much about the recession anymore?

These days, the news bulletins are full of housing bubbles and improved employment figures. All seems rosy again.

But for millions across the country, living with the effects of the recent downswing is still a daily struggle. And nowhere is it more visible than at the meal table. More

Young snappers: win a fabulous camera!


Young-photographer-BLOGIf you’re aged 25 or under, here’s a tempting prospect – simply take a photo, send it to us and you might end up winning an awesome camera.

Say cheese!

The British Red Cross’ brand new young person’s photography competition is looking for keen-eyed snappers who can capture something special through the lens.


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