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Takeover Day at British Red Cross

19 November 2013

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Anna MacSwan 0207 877 7519 /
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Young volunteers will oust the senior management team at the British Red Cross this Friday (November 22nd) in a friendly insurrection.
The Red Cross will welcome 12 young volunteers to its London head office as part of the nationwide Takeover Day initiative, which is championed by the Children’s Commissioner.

Travelling to London from as far as Aberdeen and Bournemouth, the volunteers will each take on a senior management role for the day. No position is out of reach - even the Chief Executive will be ousted.

The volunteers, aged between 16 and 24, will have an individual briefing with the ‘real’ manager they are to replace and a day’s leadership training on Thursday to prepare them for a specially convened senior management team meeting.

Friday’s packed agenda will include a debate on ethical issues arising from fundraising partnerships and a funding decision on how best to spend £1,000 on improving young people’s engagement with the Red Cross.

Participation and leadership coordinator, Anna Murphy-Giles, who helped organise our Takeover Day, said: “Takeover Day is a brilliant opportunity for these young volunteers to take their volunteering to the next level.

“It’s a chance for them to develop their skills and gain valuable work experience, while getting the chance to meet senior decision makers and other young volunteers in the process.”

Approximately 6,400 young people volunteer for the Red Cross as emergency response volunteers, in charity shops, in fundraising challenges, supporting young refugees or as peer educators teaching first aid.

To find out about the range of opportunities for young people to volunteer in the British Red Cross visit



For further information, photos or assistance please contact Anna MacSwan via email or call 0207 877 7519 or 077103 91703 out of hours.
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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
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