Coronavirus: help and advice from the British Red Cross
Give help, get help or find more information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
For 150 years, the British Red Cross has supported people through crisis and coronavirus is no exception.
Across the UK and around the world, we are supporting the most vulnerable people by delivering food and medicine, making sure refugees and people seeking asylum are safe, and supporting the NHS to get patients home from hospital.
If you want to help us or you need help yourself, on this page you can find out:
How to give help.
You can sign up as a volunteer to help people in your community, donate to our emergency appeal or raise funds by shopping online.
- How to get help.
You can speak to someone on our helpline, get practical support at home and find useful links to help take care of yourself and others.
How to get the latest coronavirus updates.
Answers to commonly asked questions, coronavirus stats and the latest news about our work during the UK coronavirus outbreak.
- Information for current volunteers and staff.
Find guidance about working from home and how to tell us if you're showing coronavirus symptoms.
How can you give help and support others during the coronavirus pandemic?
Whether you donate, volunteer or shop, your kindness makes such a difference to people affected by coronavirus in the UK and around the world.
Supporting our coronavirus emergency appeal helps protect people in crisis around the world.
You don’t need any experience or any special skills - just sign up to help people in need in your community.
Have fun and raise funds by shopping in our online store for limited edition prints, posters, mugs, tote bags and more.
How can you get help during the coronavirus pandemic?
- Call our coronavirus support line if you feel lonely, need someone to talk to, or need help getting access to food and medicine.
- You can hire a wheelchair. We work with the NHS to provide wheelchairs to help people leave the hospital and recover in the comfort of their own homes.
- We can help you to find missing family members through our international tracing service.
- If you are a refugee or asylum seeker in urgent need of help, we may be able to support you.
- You can find guidance for parents and activities to keep your children and young people busy.
- If we can’t give you the support you need, we’ll help find someone who can.
Are you a Red Cross staff member or volunteer?
We have guidance about working from home, what to do if you are self-isolating, new training and IT support.
You can also let us know if you are a volunteer who has been affected by coronavirus.