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What did you do today?

Felt the Monday blues? Enjoyed the sunshine? Had a day off?

A normal day.

Not for everyone. Every day, on average seven people die on our roads. Each year, 28,500 people are seriously injured and many of these casualties are children. roadsafetycrash

The British Red Cross is currently running a campaign called “Help a Mate”. The idea is for peer educators to teach young people in deprived areas how to deal with road traffic collisions. Next week, a team of peer educators (including me!) will be touring the south east visiting various youth and community groups.

Monday Movement update #18


Here’s your weekly update on what different members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement* are doing.

Rescuers try to reach a man clinging to a pole surrounded by waterTyphoon Morakot: The Red Cross has been distributing relief goods to families who were displaced by Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan, the Philippines and China (pictured right). The low loss of life in China is largely thanks to early warning systems. See a photo gallery on the Guardian’s website.

Turks and Caicos boat sinks: Volunteers handed out food, water, clothes and comfort to around 115 Haitian migrants after their overcrowded boat sank just off the Turks and Caicos Islands last week.


The times they are a bein’ developed through a period of consultation


(Apologies: colossalism.)

It’s a time of change in our patch. Having resolved the volunteer crisis in medical loan and regrouted the Great Wall of China I can turn my attention to another minor task: developing a new service. Glasgow & Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire branches have been waiting patiently while our neighbours launch care in the home pilots but now the wait is over and the work begins. More

Roll up, roll up.. ask your first aid questions here


Woman, blindfoldedAre you in the dark when it comes to first aid?

What’s the best brand of plaster to use? How do I put on a sling? What’s CPR?

Have you got a first aid question, like one of those above? If so, now’s your opportunity to get it answered. As well as offering you some insight into the world of event first aid, first aid training and first aid in general, I’m keen to answer all your questions related to first aid.

So go on – ask away!

Knee deep in the …


temporary latrines - Zimbabwe cholera response… mire! Various other phrases jump to mind to describe the work our sanitation emergency response unit (ERU) do when called to a disaster somewhere in the world, but none seems to, er, stick like this one. The British Red Cross keeps on permanent standby several teams ready to apply their technical skills and this particular team of four have the crucial role of ensuring that disease, one of the potential killers following a large natural disaster, is kept under control through the provision of toilet facilities and education messages on personal hygiene practices.

I was outraged recently when one of my Aussie friends joked about the down under perception of Brits struggling to find the right end of the soap bar when it comes to personal hygiene! More

Happy Christmas!


SantaOK, before you start writing letters of outrage to the papers or your closest Red Cross, I’m not being entirely serious about my festive greeting. I’m well aware that it is still August and most people are still thinking about their summer holiday and not Christmas.

Unfortunately over in Uttoxeter a British Red Cross shop managed to accidentally anger several residents when they decided to display a count down to Christmas – in the middle of July. More

Guest blogging from St. Vincent Youth Camp – Part 3


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Did you know that the British Red Cross has several overseas branches in the Caribbean? As part of the work going on there, the Red Cross is hosting a youth camp for young Red Cross workers in the Caribbean to have an opportunity to interact. The whole idea is to create international friendships, learn from eachother, and work together for the greater good.

Below, are some blog posts sent to me by one of the participants– Jiva Niles of the Anguilla Red Cross. I know this post is quite long, but I hope that it is the most user-friendly way to share his story with you: