Category: Volunteering

Every crisis is personal

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Seven spokes-a-shining

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On the seventh day of helping, the Red Cross gave to me: seven spokes-a-shining

Volunteer cleans a wheelchair

We loan people wheelchairs, bath seats, walking frames and other mobility aids after an illness or surgery. Use your DIY skills to clean, fix and maintain this vital equipment and help people to live independently.

The ‘12 days of helping‘ are 12 ideas to help other people and change your world in 2014. Know someone who loves to talk?  Tune in tomorrow and see how a chin-wag can change a life.

Six schools-a-learning

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On the sixth day of helping, the Red Cross gave to me: six schools-a-learning
Primary children doing a floor activity

Become a school speaker and help children think differently about the world they live in. You could give a short talk or lead sessions that get students fired up about humanitarian issues such as child soldiers, disaster work, HIV and the laws of war. It doesn’t take up much time but it can be very rewarding for you and the young people in your community.

See our full range of volunteering roles.

The ‘12 days of helping‘ are 12 ideas to help other people and change your world in 2014. Tomorrow: know an inventor, a fixer or a gadget lover?

Four garden birds

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On the fourth day of helping, the Red Cross gave to me: four garden birds
Flowers at an open garden event

Every year, secret gardens that are usually closed to the public open their gates to raise money for the British Red Cross. So whether you’d like to open your garden or volunteer outdoors, meeting people and helping the event run smoothly, take a look at our Open Gardens scheme.

The ’12 days of helping’ are 12 ideas to help other people and change your world in 2014. Tomorrow: give a little, change a lot.

Generous shoppers help donate 4.3 million meals for people in need this Christmas

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Neighbourhood food collectionThank you to everyone who helped to donate a record 4.3 million meals for people in need this Christmas.

Tesco shoppers donated food to the Neighbourhood Food Collection, which took place across the UK earlier this month and was helped by Red Cross volunteers.

The 4.3 million meals include a top-up of 30 per cent by Tesco – equating to 32,000 trolley-loads of food. More