accessibility & help

Who we are

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 help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.

Every crisis is personal

History and origin

Red Cross nurses with patients

Learn about our history and how we were formed. 

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The international Movement

Boy with aid parcels

Learn how we work as part of a global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

What is the Movement? >

The British Red Cross museum and archives contain a fascinating portrait of our humanitarian work, from our beginnings in 1870 to today.

Read about our leadership, our plans for the future and what we have already achieved.

We seek to ensure that our organisation and our services are relevant and accessible to all.

Our values point the way to how we behave in our daily work within the organisation and with those in need.