Did you know that August 2010 – 2011 is the UN International Year of Youth? Did you also know that 2011 is the European Year of Volunteering? Over the next year, Red Cross National Societies across the world will be celebrating the contributions of their young volunteers, and the British Red Cross is no exception.

The British Red Cross has over 4000 volunteers under the age of 26. Young people contribute to many services from providing first aid at events, helping loan wheelchairs or befriending vulnerable refugees. With so many young volunteers it’s important that we make our voice heard and get involved in decision-making.

As part of this, the British Red Cross is going to hold its largest ever youth consultation event: Red100. One weekend in January, 100 of our most active young volunteers will descend on the quiet market town of Grantham. Their mission? To discuss how young people can make a real impact at all levels within the British Red Cross. The volunteers attending will also be selecting peers to represent the British Red Cross at various international gatherings for young Red Cross volunteers. This includes the General Assembly – a gathering of all the Red Cross National Societies from around the world!

In addition, Red100 is being organised by a team of seven passionate young volunteers representing all parts of the UK. Our aim is to make the event interactive, fun and an amazing experience for all the participants. Grantham – here we come!

Find out more about volunteering for the British Red Cross.

Are you already a young volunteer and interested in the conference? If so, search for ‘Red100’ on RedRoom.