Wealden District Council

Become a Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer

News : 04 December 2017

The Red Cross is looking for Community Reserve Volunteers to support its trained volunteers in emergencies.

Red Cross Community Reserve

It wants to harness the goodwill of members of the public in advance of any crisis so that if there is an emergency, people registered in that area can play an active and immediate role in helping.
Typical of the behind-the-scenes practical help that Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteers can provide is filling sandbags, clearing roads and paths, moving furniture upstairs before a flood and sorting essential supplies and packing up vehicles.
Speaking the recent East Sussex Resilience and Emergencies Partnership conference, hosted by Wealden District Council, Tina Knight of the British Red Cross explained that the role of Community Reserve Volunteers was to free up existing Red Cross volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to people directly affected by a crisis.
“Community Reserve Volunteers work in small teams led by an experienced Red Cross volunteer,” explained Tina. “Volunteers are alerted by a text message and do not have to help if they are not available.
“You need to be 18 years old or over, and have a mobile phone. You will be covered by Red Cross insurance and provided with the equipment you need such as a high viz vest.”
Community Reserve Volunteers will give given simple training that reflects the nature of their role. The British Red Cross is aiming to sign up 10,000 Community Reserve Volunteers in the next two years.

You can find out more and watch a short online video here: www.redcross.org.uk/reserves ; or email reserves@redcross.org.uk