Category: Volunteering

Seven spokes-a-shining


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


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


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


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

Help the hungry during your weekly shop

Family shopping in supermarket

Photo by thinkpanama

This weekend British Red Cross volunteers are taking part in neighbourhood food collections at Tesco, in partnership with the charity FareShare.

On 29 and 30 November and 1 December, the UK’s biggest ever food collection is happening at a Tesco store near you. Volunteers from the Red Cross, Trussell Trust and FareShare are all taking part. More

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

How the Red Cross eases burden on hospitals


Support-at-home-lady-BLOGAs rising admissions among the elderly push many hospitals to breaking point, our volunteers are providing a lifeline for patients returning to empty homes.

Put yourself in Elizabeth’s* shoes.

You are an elderly pensioner. You were mugged recently and broke your shoulder. You’re just now being discharged from hospital. You still feel a bit shaky, if you’re honest. You’re going back to an empty house. You have no family living nearby. There’s no fresh milk in the fridge. You’re a bit nervous about the journey home.

In such a case, it’s likely you’d also be pleased to see Francesca Dawkes.


Volunteer: go to cool events


Sam-ClewesSince becoming a first aid volunteer, 17-year-old Sam Clewes has hobnobbed with royalty at Buckingham Palace and rocked out at the Wireless Festival. Here’s his story:

Become a first aider with the British Red Cross, they said. You’ll get to see interesting things. They weren’t lying.

I live in rural West Midlands, so when the Red Cross asked if I’d like to spend a summer weekend at both the Queen’s Coronation Festival and the Wireless Festival, you can probably guess what my answer was.