Volunteer during an emergency
01/09/2019 - 31/12/2020
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer programme is a new way for local people to help out in their communities at times of major emergencies.
The programme is open to anyone who is over 18 and living in the UK and does not require any specialist skills from the volunteers.
In the event of a major incident or emergency, the British Red Cross will send out a text alert to volunteers and they will choose whether to help out at that time. There is no prior commitment required.
The volunteers will assist regular Red Cross Volunteers with practical tasks needed at the time such as, preparing kit and equipment, filling sandbags, sorting supplies and making refreshments.
Signing up to the programme is a short and simple process that is done online at www.redcross.org/reserves (external site)
You will watch a short video and complete a simple registration process with a mix of questions about personal information, contact details and questions that aim to inform volunteers about the role. The process should not take more than 10 minutes.
Several hundred volunteers have already taken part in the pilot programme, all with their own reasons for getting involved.