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Emergency Response Suffolk

Description of the role:

Could you help respond to emergencies in your local area?

Location: Across Suffolk

Commitment: Volunteers for this role must be able to commit to 24 hours duty per calendar month, which can be done in 4x shifts of 6 hours, 2x shifts of 12 hours or a combination of both, plus regular attendance at monthly team meetings which take place in Ipswich on the 2nd Thursday of each month, in the evenings. Minimum commitment of 12 months

Please note that those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (also known as shielding) are unable to volunteer for the British Red Cross unless in a role they can do from home. Volunteers who are clinically vulnerable, such as those who are over 70, pregnant or who have various underlying health conditions are able to volunteer in public facing roles providing the environment is Covid-safe, with social distancing and hygiene controls maintained, and a personal risk assessment has been completed

Volunteers for this role must be over 18. Driving is not essential, but non-drivers must be able to reach Ipswich East Fire Station

Opportunity Activities: Caring, Community Work, First Aid, General and Helping
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

Skills required include:
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.
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.

What skills will be learned / gained?

You will get the chance to work with a variety of different people from different walks of life and make a real difference to their lives. You will also get the opportunity to work with a range of external agencies and get comprehensive training so you can represent the Red Cross with confidence.

DBS Check Required: Yes
Driving Licence Required: No
Does this role have age restrictions?: Yes
Details of restriction:

To volunteer for this role you must be aged 18+.

Mandatory training required for role: Yes
Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: British Red Cross
Organisation Profile:

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, responding to disasters, conflicts and individual emergencies here in the UK and across the world. We enable vulnerable people to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people to recover and move on with their lives.