If you are a student contemplating a gap year due to be entering retirement soon, or if you are simply interested in taking part in voluntary work, why not consider volunteering with the Red Cross? Engaging in voluntary work has multiple benefits and it is a great way in which to meet new people whilst giving something back. This article provides a guide to becoming a Red Cross volunteer.
About the Red Cross
Most of us have must have seen the Red Cross logo, sign, emblem or symbol either on the news, on television adverts or in newspapers and magazines. The Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation which helps people who are in crisis irrespective of where they are located. Red Cross donations are important because they are used to help people to prepare and to respond to emergency situations in their own communities. About Red Cross UK The British Red Cross is widely respected among British charities and helps people in crisis in a variety of ways such as through the provision of first-aid training, emergency responses and appeals, finding missing family, social support, health care, refugee services and teaching resources. As such, the Red Cross emblem or symbol is recognised all over the world as a sign of hope for those in crisis.
How to become a Red Cross volunteer
There are a number of ways in which to learn about how to volunteer for Red Cross jobs, careers and for other volunteer positions. The easiest way in which to get the latest up-to-date information and advice on the application process and current vacancies (both paid and voluntary) is to head to the British Red Cross website at Red Cross.org.uk. On the website, there is a section entitled 'How to get involved' which will help to answer your questions on voluntary work. Become a Red Cross volunteer The best way in which to become involved in helping the Red Cross is to start by making regular donations, raising funds and by donating unwanted gear to their charity shops. You can get in touch with your local branch of the Red Cross by looking in the yellow pages if you are interested in working for the organisation in your area. Those who are considering to work abroad as part of international relief efforts can learn more about training and opportunities through the British Red Cross website.