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Could you help provide practical and emotional support in a crises? Become an Emergency Response volunteer

Support volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area

The British Red Cross responds to hundreds of UK emergencies every year – from major floods to house fires and transport accidents. Our trained volunteers are always available to help, working closely with the emergency services, local authorities and other agencies to support their work responding to crises.

As an Emergency Response volunteer, you may be providing much needed practical and emotional support to individuals, as part of a team, in support of category 1 and 2 responders and other agencies following an emergency or major incident.
In addition, you could provide “behind the scenes” support to the response.

Typical tasks might include

  • Offering practical and emotional support to those affected by significant events or disaster (This may include providing basic provisions and facilities, shelter, signposting to other organisations or assisting with seeking temporary accommodation; you may be providing emotional support to people who have been evacuated to a rest centre due to a flood in their home)
  • Working alongside other voluntary organisations and local authority/statutory service partners
  • Administration and maintenance of appropriate records
  • Carrying out tasks as agreed with the team leader and as per skills and training
  • Attending briefings and debriefings given by the team leader or responding agency

What we are looking for

We keep the service user at the heart of all we do working to understand their needs and the difference we make. As well as good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills, we are looking for people who have, or are willing to undertake further training, particularly any technical requirements.

  • Willing to respond if on call, including unsocial hours
  • Able to support others in a calm, logical and responsible manner, with listening and empathetic skills, even when under pressure
  • Able to follow processes that relate to the role
  • Committed and available to undertake training and attend exercises which are appropriate to the role
  • Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy

Additional information

If you have a full UK driving licence, you may be asked to drive a BRC vehicle. You may be required to wear personal protective equipment in accordance with local arrangements.

Contact person firstname
Jacqui Halpin,
Lastname
Their phone number?
01235 552 669

Location description
Reading
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Support
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeSupportiveEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Approximate training hours: 24
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Full support from service co-ordinator and/or lead volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reimbursement of travel expenses to and from training
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
5
Opportunity added on
18 May 2017