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Health and social care

Independent living

A support at home volunteer visiting a client

We provide support at home, transport and mobility aids to help people when they face a crisis in their daily lives.

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Health issues

Young people learning about HIV in South Africa

We help vulnerable communities tackle health issues like HIV, TB and water and sanitation.

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Social support overseas

An elderly Mongolian lady stands outside her hut beside a Red Cross volunteer

We support elderly, socially isolated or otherwise vulnerable people around the world.

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Read stories of people we’ve helped

We helped Welsh Guard veterans, Ray and Arthur, visit the battlefields of Europe to pay respects to their fallen comrades.

After a heart attack and stroke, bowls enthusiast Connie thought she would never play the sport she loved again.

In Turkmenistan, help in the battle against TB can be life-changing – for carers as well as those with the illness.

Mother-of-two Larisa Pisareva was shocked to learn she had TB. The news meant months of treatment – and a long separation from her daughters.


Latest health news

As the political parties set out their plans for health and social care, the British Red Cross is calling for the NHS and local authorities to use the same language.

The government has given the British Red Cross £500,000 so our volunteers can provide extra support at 17 hospitals over the next 12 weeks.

The head of the IFRC has warned that there is no quick fix to halting Ebola.