Volunteer with the British Red Cross

Find a volunteer opportunity near you with the British Red Cross. Join us as an ambulance volunteer, support refugees or help in a charity shop.

Why volunteer with the British Red Cross? 

Volunteer with us to help vulnerable people and make a difference in your community.

We have roles to suit everyone, no matter how much time you have to give and whatever your experience.

We are the world's largest humanitarian organisation, supporting people in the UK and across the world to get the help they need when crisis strikes.

You can volunteer in some of our services from age 15 and we have opportunities for young people to get involved with our work. 

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Ukraine crisis

Please note that we are not currently sending volunteers to Ukraine. This includes medical and logistics experts. Our teams there have told us that the best way to support the response in Ukraine is to raise funds. This is our focus, through our emergency appeal.

National Support line volunteer operators - Ukraine specialists

In the UK, we're looking for volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to people affected by the Ukraine crisis.

We are looking for volunteers who can provide help through our telephone support line for one shift a week, Monday to Friday. Shift times generally run from 10am-1pm, and 1pm-5pm. However, some flexibility around this is possible.

Fluency in Ukrainian or Russian is highly desirable, and training will be provided.

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We don’t have any other specific volunteering roles to support Ukraine in the UK. We are constantly monitoring the evolving situation and will keep this page updated with opportunities.

  

How can I volunteer?

You can help us in lots of ways. Our opportunities include: 

  • charity shop volunteer
  • ambulance volunteer 
  • refugee support volunteer 
  • wheelchair volunteer

You can even volunteer virtually from home by supporting vulnerable people through our national helpline.

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Benefits of volunteering

  • Make a difference to someone's life. 
  • Volunteer with other passionate people. 
  • Be recognised for the skills and experience you bring to our organisation. 
  • Learn new skills that could help your career. 
  • Be a part of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world. 

How to apply

We have roles that suit everyone, whether you can give a few hours or a few days a week. 

Once you have applied, you will receive a confirmation email where you can track your application. We will be in touch with you to arrange a telephone interview with one of our friendly recruiters. 

Depending on the role, we may need to do a criminal record check. Full training for the role will be provided. 

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What is it like to volunteer?

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