Red Cross Volunteers - Newport

Recruiter
BRITISH RED CROSS 11
Location
Newport (Casnewydd)
Posted
04 Dec 2018
Closes
08 Dec 2018
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Red Cross Volunteers - Newport

Would you like to volunteer in Newport but you're not sure where your skills are most needed?

Since 1870, the British Red Cross have been helping people in crisis. We pride ourselves on being a neutral, independent and impartial organisation, and our focus is simply on helping those that need it most.

We need volunteers to join us in our mission and we are looking for people from Newport to help us to support people in crisis.

Here's some of the work we do
Even if you're not sure how you could help, if you're 15 years of age or older and passionate about our cause we would welcome the opportunity to speak to you about how you could get involved.

Below is a summary of some (but not all) of the services we currently offer across the county:

Independent Living

  • Camau Cadarn Positive Steps - We support people over 50 years of age who have experienced a personal crisis and/or trauma, and need help to reconnect with their own community. This is a joint partnership between the British Red Cross and the Royal Voluntary Service
  • Support at Home - We provide support for individuals to enable people to return to their own home setting following a stay in hospital, or to prevent hospital admission. Our volunteers offer practical and emotional support such as essential shopping and helping to build confidence. Please note that our volunteers do not provide personal care
  • Community Connectors - Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone but especially older people, young mums, those who are recently bereaved, divorced or separated or "empty nesters". We help people who are lonely or isolated to extend their social networks and friendships, to get involved in their community and to access the help of other agencies.


Refugee Support and Restoring Family Links

We support refugees and asylum seekers in a wide variety of ways, such as offering emergency food and clothes to those facing severe hardship. Our drop-in clinic for refugees and asylum seekers is on Thursday mornings in Newport. We provide advice and casework as well as ESOL sessions.

The Restoring Family Links service helps people look for family members, restore contact, reunite families and seeks to clarify the fate of those who remain missing. We work with the ICRC and other national societies around the world to locate people and put them back into contact with their relatives, to reunite families, provide travel assistance in some cases and support with visa applications.

Crisis Response
We operate a 24/7 emergency response rota system which involves our volunteers being on call and ready to respond should we be asked to provide practical and emotional support to people affected by emergencies in the local area such as a fire or flooding. Our volunteers commit to a minimum of three shifts per month and need to be able to reach the M4 within approximately 30 minutes.

Mobility Aids
From our base in Newport we provide short term loans of wheelchairs and mobility aids equipment. This enables people to be discharged home from hospital quicker, to get back to work and school quickly, improves their mental health and wellbeing, speeds up recovery times and reduces isolation. We also sell a range of mobility and independent living aids at our Newport premises.

Going forward
We may not be recruiting to all of these services at the moment, but if you are interested in any of the above projects or have other skills you think you can help us deliver services in Newport please get in touch!

You can either submit a speculative enquiry by clicking "Apply Online" or alternatively send your CV to and someone from the recruitment and selection team will be in touch with you soon to discuss your interest further.

Connecting Human Kindness with Human Crisis

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