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Red Cross invites potential volunteers to learn more about the charity at open events in East Sussex

13 May 2013

For immediate release  Monday 13 May, 2013
For further information  Samantha Whitwham
Contact number  020 7877 7463 or 07921 493 560

The British Red Cross is urging people looking for a new challenge to volunteer their time and skills to the charity this year.

Two open-house recruitment events are being held in East Sussex on Tuesday 21 May. The first will take place at the Red Cross centre in Heathfield between 3pm and 5.30pm and the second will be hosted at Uckfield Civic Centre between 6.30pm and 9pm.

Visitors attending either event can pick up first aid tips as there will be demonstrations of ‘Everyday First Aid’ techniques – the charity’s simplest form of first aid which teaches bite-sized tips designed to be easy to learn, easy to remember and short enough to fit in with peoples busy lives.

They can also hear about volunteering roles across the county. There are a range of opportunities available from providing potentially life-saving first aid at public events to making a real difference to the lives of the vulnerable people living in their own community.

Matthew Moors, community resilience manager at the Red Cross, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Red Cross and they are lifelines to all the people they help. We’re are looking for more people to join our first aid group in Heathfield and also need more volunteers for our Carers Support Service across East Sussex.”

Those interested are invited to drop into one of the open events and chat to existing volunteers about the work that they do. Potential volunteers need to be compassionate, enthusiastic and reliable. Full training is given so people shouldn’t be worried if they have no previous experience.

“People are often put off from enquiring about volunteering as they think they don’t have the right experience, especially with first aid” explained Matthew. “However, no experience is needed as the training offered by the Red Cross is excellent and there are plenty of opportunities to really develop and refine your skills if that is what you are interested in.”

For more information about volunteering opportunities in East Sussex, please call 0800 028 0831 or email

Alternatively visit for further information.

The open events are being held at the following venues:

• Red Cross Centre, Streatfield Road, Heathfield TN21 8LA, 3pm to 5.30pm
• Uckfield Civic Centre, Bell Lane, Uckfield, TN22 1AE, 6.30pm to 9pm


Notes to editors

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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