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
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.
Other opportunities with British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area
- Help us to enable people to live as independently as they can at home
- Help us drive our Mobility Aids service forward!
- Help people to remain independent by becoming a Mobility Aids volunteer
- Become a Community Connector and help tackle loneliness and social isolation
- Make a real difference to the lives of refugees and asylum seekers!
Read more about British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area