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Red Cross thanks its volunteers and encourages more to sign up

7 June 2012

The British Red Cross is marking national Volunteers’ Week in Cornwall by thanking the hundreds of people who give their time and skills to the charity.

It is also calling for more people to sign up and help vulnerable people in crisis living in the community and make a real difference to the lives of others.

The Red Cross in Cornwall offers a range of services and volunteering opportunities including health and social care, fire and emergency support, event first aid and retail. People are encouraged to learn more about the rewards of volunteering by calling the charity to discuss the opportunities.

Claire Willcocks, Red Cross volunteering support officer in Cornwall, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross and they are lifelines to the hundreds of people they help. We have more than 200 volunteers in Cornwall at the moment and we want to give even more people the opportunity to share the experience.

“Volunteering gives you the chance to meet new people and gain new experiences. We’re looking for people who want to make a difference in their own communities and to the lives of others.”

Anyone can volunteer and it can be for as long or as short a time as you want. It doesn’t matter what your skills, experience or background are, there will be something to suit you.

Kathy Glasson, from Camborne, volunteers with her husband Larry for the charity’s Care in the Home service.  She said: “After completing an assignment we get a great feeling of satisfaction knowing we’ve been able to help someone whose life is not currently as good as our own.”

The Red Cross offers a broad range of volunteering opportunities across the UK for people aged 15 and over. Cornwall is specifically looking for volunteers to help with Care in the Home, to help deliver simple ‘Everyday First Aid’ training and to get involved with a range of fundraising activities. In the near future, a team of volunteers will also be being recruited for the county’s brand new Fire and Emergency Support Service.

Those who wish to find out more can call Claire Willcocks on 01872 267961 or email cwillcocks@redcross.org.uk.  Alternatively visit www.redcross.org.uk/Get-involved/Volunteer for further information.

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Notes to editors
National Volunteers’ Week runs from 11 to 17 June

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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