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Pride: how promoting diversity helps people in crisis

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Being inclusive is a Red Cross value © British Red Cross/Diana Shaw

If you’re going to Pride this weekend, look out for the British Red Cross and say hello! Evy Bauwens and Olivia Cummins, who will be at Pride in London, explain why they are going.

“One of the Red Cross’ core values is to be inclusive,” Evy said.

“I think Pride is a key way to show our staff, volunteers, service users and donors – and the world – that inclusion is really important to us.”

Pride is an annual celebration for every part of the LGBT+ community and everyone who supports them.

Pride events throughout the UK give people the chance to celebrate what the LGBT+ community has achieved and what is yet to be done. Events include people of every race and faith, and disabled and non-disabled people.

Around 30 British Red Cross staff and volunteers from across the UK are coming together at the London Pride parade. More

‘We all have to work together’ – teaming up with local volunteers after Grenfell Tower fire

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Tanya Hedges sorting through donations at the Westway Centre. Photo credit: Matt Carter / British Red Cross

In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower is Westway Sports Centre, where people affected by the fire have been receiving support.

Two weeks after the fire, families are still coming to the centre to get the emotional and practical help they need.

Standing side-by-side with them are community volunteers like Abraham Chowdhury, who have helped collect donations and distribute to help the victims and their families.

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Shop for Grenfell: Why we’re turning donations into cash

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Items donated in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire – ©BritishRedCross/MattPercival

The local community response in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has been awe-inspiring. Tonnes of clothes and other items have been donated to help victims of the London fire.

The council asked people to kindly stop donating as they soon had more than enough donations.

Now the British Red Cross has been asked to help turn some of the remaining donated clothes into cash for people affected by the fire.

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Meet the former heroin addict helping Grenfell Tower fire victims

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Photo credit: Lexi Finnigan / British Red Cross

“If you saw me walking towards you at night you would be scared. The tattoos, the shaved head, the missing teeth. I get that, I understand that. People judge me by the way I look but once they speak to me I can explain. I’ve done a lot of taking in my life and now it’s time to give something back.”

Carl Chant is a 43-year-old ex-heroin addict from Llanelli, near Swansea. After being abused at the age of 12, he ran away from home and after living on the streets spent 13 years on and off in prison for robbery, drug dealing and burglary.

Today he sits at a British Red Cross table outside the Westway Sports Centre in west London – registering and supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Make time for a conversation this Refugee Week – part two

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Sometimes, they say, the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

Filmed in time for Refugee Week, this series of conversations give a voice to refugees, their families, their friends and those they live alongside.

Occasionally funny or moving, but always informative, these videos leave the viewer with a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary lives and journeys of refugees living in the UK.

We hope you enjoy them and make time for your own conversations this Refugee Week.

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Make time for a conversation this Refugee Week

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four refugees stand in front of Clifton suspension bridge in Bristoal

Sometimes, they say, the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

Filmed in time for Refugee Week, this series of conversations give a voice to refugees, their families, their friends and those they live alongside.

Occasionally funny or moving, but always informative, these videos leave the viewer with a deeper appreciation of the extraordinary lives and journeys of refugees living in the UK.

We hope you enjoy them and make time for your own conversations this Refugee Week.

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Why I’m volunteering to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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The incredible generosity in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has seen people from all walks of life volunteering to help. The British Red Cross drafted in trained volunteers from across the country to help. Three volunteers share their stories. 

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Debi Haden, 50, a psychosocial support team member, from Norfolk

When you see the enormity of the situation, you can’t be anything but compelled to do something. I can’t change what has happened, I can’t take away the feelings people are experiencing, or what they’ve seen.

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Grenfell Tower fire: ‘People must get the support they need after traumatic events’

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In the aftermath of terrible events like the Grenfell Tower fire and the recent London and Manchester terror attacks, it’s so important people get the support they need.

Sarah Davidson, head of psychosocial at the British Red Cross, explains how we can support ourselves and our loved ones in times of trauma.

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