Volunteer with the British Red Cross

Volunteer with us and get back a whole lot more than you give. Meet new people, gain new skills and help your community.

This page is available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

There are so many opportunities to volunteer at the British Red Cross. However much time you have and whatever your experience, you can make a significant difference – especially during the current coronavirus pandemic

Volunteering gives you the chance to meet new people, learn new skills and help people get the support they need if crisis strikes.

Other ways to get involved

Be a volunteer driver

If you have a driving licence, you could help us deliver support to people who need it at home.

You could also deliver mobility aids, collect donations or support our shops.

Be an admin volunteer

If you want to help in one of our offices or support our services, you could volunteer your admin skills.

Help refugees and asylum seekers

Provide information, advice and support to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.


Be a volunteer trainer or teacher

If you have the time to share your knowledge, you could help train a new generation of humanitarians.

Support people at home

From making a cup of tea and having a chat to helping with shopping, volunteer to help people live independently.

Help find missing family

When families are separated by war or disaster, we need volunteers to help people trace missing relatives.

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Benefits of volunteering with us

You can expect:

  • to make a real difference to someone’s life
  • to be valued and respected, whoever you are and whatever your background
  • opportunities to expand your role and learn new skills
  • recognition of the skills and experience you bring to the organisation
  • to receive agreed out of pocket expenses when you give us your time

The widest range of volunteer opportunities

You can choose a role to suit you. You could connect families across continents or volunteer with the elderly in your community. 

You could help someone who has lost their home in a fire or have a chat with customers in a Red Cross shop. 

You can learn - and train others  - in life-saving first aid skills. 

Whether you’re 15 or 70+ you can make your volunteering role your own.

Join us

  • Be a part of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world
  • Meet like-minded people who will uphold our fundamental principles
  • Help us connect human kindness with human crisis


Over 90 per cent of volunteers are proud to say they volunteer for the British Red Cross
People survey 2017

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Volunteering abroad

We don’t usually send UK volunteers abroad - find out why.

If you’re aged 18-30, there may be opportunities with our international youth volunteering programme

Opportunities for young people

Volunteering at the Red Cross starts from 15 years old. If you are looking for other ways to get involved, find out about opportunities for young people.