Logistics of disaster relief – part one


When disaster strikes, anywhere in the world, it’s likely you’ll turn on the TV and see the Red Cross is already there.

As you watch boxes of food, blankets and other life-saving items being distributed, have you ever wondered exactly how they got there so quickly?

This is the first in a series of podcasts exploring the role of our logistics emergency response unit and how it responds to international emergencies.



Spring cleaning through history


Posters from 1945 to the 1980s(Pool car whiff update: Mini valet completed. Pong reduced to week-old dustbin.)

The Red Cross recently redrew a branch boundary making me the right honourable service manager for a larger chunk of North Lanarkshire. The Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area now falls into West Central and South West Scotland complete with a large building and a small but dedicated team of volunteers.


Tales from the road (day two)


Three tubs of ice cream, 85 miles and one eventful day later…!

Day two of the roadshow took us to a community centre in Harlow, Essex. The centre accommodates homeless young people and helps them find employment and training. We ran two sessions (morning and afternoon) training some of the young people living in the centre. The young people really engaged with the sessions, one person even stayed for the whole day and helped us with the group! More

Rice has its uses in cricket

Three men playing cricket

I played cricket last Sunday for my local village team. And guess what? My first aid skills were put to the test.

One of my teammates, making his debut, opened up our innings. As he was turning for the third run his knee went from under him. He was in agony.

I rushed to my car to grab my first aid kit, then I realised I didn’t have any ice packs. This meant a bit of improvisation was in order. More

Tales from the road (day one)


Peer educator teaches young people how to treat a burn

Hello from Harlow (thats Essex by the way!)

Today was the first day of our Help a Mate roadshow around the southeast. Chris talked about this briefly in a previous post  but to sum up: we’re a team of peer educators travelling around the southeast teaching young people how to deal with road traffic incidents. The sessions we run have been designed by young people and helps them build confidence as we stage a mock car crash.


My special days of the week – Part 4



The Glasgow Festival

I am a first aid volunteer as well as a refugee support volunteer. On weekends, when the refugee unit is closed, I sometimes am on first aid duty.  I get to meet other Red Cross volunteers from different areas. When we are on duty, we always have lots of fun.

I have now been in Glasgow for three years but I did not know about all these local events before I joined the First Aid team. I have been able to see lots of different ones such as games, family fun, sports, concerts, festivals and so many more. More

Guest Blog: Respecting the Geneva Conventions


The following post is from Ros Armitage,  operations manager at the British Red Cross:

Last week was the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. To a non-lawyer such as myself the Conventions and their Additional Protocols are “the rules of war” and form the cornerstone of international humanitarian law. They are incredibly important as they are designed to limit how war is conducted and the effects of war. They exist to limit suffering and to protect people not involved in a conflict such as civilians (including health workers and aid workers) and those no longer taking part in a conflict such as the sick and wounded, shipwrecked and prisoners of war. 194 countries have signed up to the Conventions signalling the significance in which they are held worldwide. The Conventions cover mainly international wars, or wars between countries but one of the Additional Protocols specifically covers wars within countries. More

Monday Movement update #19


Rubble on a street in ChinaHere’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Typhoon Morakot: In Taiwan and China, Red Cross volunteers have been helping the emergency services with search and rescue operations, and delivering relief items. Read our disaster relief manager Pete Garratt’s blog about Typhoon Morakot.