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Emergency Response Volunteer

Organisation role · 6 hrs/Week
Livingstone Way, Staplegrove, Taunton, TA2 6BD, United Kingdom
Foreign aid and disaster reliefOlder peoplePeople with disabilities
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Summary

When there is a fire, flood or severe weather, we’re among the first to respond.

Detailed description

When there is a fire, flood or severe weather, we’re among the first to respond. From making a cup of tea to trekking through snow and sleet to deliver the essentials, we work with other organisations to do what’s needed straight away.


We are looking for people who:-

• Live within 30 minutes of the British Red Cross (BRC) office in Taunton (TA2 6BD)

• Can do one 6 hour shift per week or two 12 hour shifts per month on a 24/7 rota

• Attend meetings usually held on 1st Monday evening of each month either via zoom or at the Taunton office (approx. 1 hour)

• Have access to their own vehicle and happy to drive a BRC vehicle


Why we want you:


Working alongside the local emergency services every day, from house fires and flooding to power cuts and water shortages, the British Red Cross responds to an emergency almost every 4 hours.

As an Emergency Response Volunteer, you will give people the support they need at a time they need it the most.


What you will be doing:

  • Respond to emergency call outs in your local area.
  • Give emotional support to people and communities affected by an emergency.
  • Give practical support such as distributing clothing, food or water after an emergency.
  • Tell people where they can get extra support.
  • Collaborate with local government or emergency services staff.


The skills you need

  • Warm and friendly.
  • Calm and can follow processes under pressure.
  • Good listening skills and ability to empathise.
  • Can communicate in a calm manner.
  • Able to act responsibly.


What's in it for you

  • Meet new people and be part of a dynamic and inclusive team.
  • A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and gain new ones.
  • All training and induction for the role (there is no charge for training).
  • Reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses for the role including for attending training.


What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About British Red Cross

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need if crisis strikes.