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Thank you for signing up as a Community Reserve Volunteer.

You are now ready to help people near you when a crisis hits.
We will keep in touch via email and text you when we need you.

The Red Cross is committed to helping people in crisis whoever and wherever they are. You are now a key part of this mission.

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A community reserve volunteer will be deployed if extra support is needed at emergencies in their local area. This may happen once a year or not at all. If you are looking for other volunteering opportunities in your area with a more regular time commitment, please visit our website.

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How often do you think we'll ask you to help in a crisis?

We will ask you to help when there is either a big crisis in your local community or a training exercise.

Where do you think we'll ask you to help?

We'll only ask you to help in your local community.

In order to help your local community, we will need your address.

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How do you think we'll contact you when we need your help?

We'll send you a text message when we need your help.

To text you in an emergency, we will need your mobile phone number.

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When you volunteer you may be asked to do some heavy lifting.

Which is the correct way to lift an item?

When lifting an item, make sure you're standing on even ground. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other. Keep the item you are lifting as close to your body as possible.

The nature of this role may require some heavy lifting or navigating through muddy or uneven surfaces. We will do our best to accommodate everyone and give them tasks they are physically able to carry out. With this in mind, do you have any health or support needs we should be aware of?

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If you’re called on to help as a Community Reserve Volunteer, do you think it's ok to bring pets or non-registered Community Reserve Volunteers with you?

Only people registered as Community Reserve Volunteers over the age of 18 can take part. Please leave pets at home.

We need to check you're over 18. Please enter your date of birth.

If you have additional skills, such as first aid, do you think you'll use them in this role?

You'll play a vital part in an emergency, but we won't ask you to go above and beyond the basics. Other trained teams will provide additional skills.

Only a few questions left.

We'll tell you where to meet in a crisis. Upon arrival you should:

When you arrive at the designated location, please make yourself known to the team leader. They'll sign you in, give you a British Red Cross tabard and any other equipment you’ll need. They'll also let you know what you'll be doing.

Finally, we'll need an emergency contact for you.

Please provide their name, their relationship to you and their contact number.

I agree to the terms and conditions of being a Community Reserve Volunteer.

I agree to the content of this form.

I agree to only deploy when I am asked to and only do what I am asked to do by the Duty Officer or Team Leader, within the limits of the training I have been given.

I agree to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and to conduct myself in a safe and respectful manner.

I understand that British Red Cross will use my personal information to process my application to volunteer and to contact me regarding my volunteering.

Your privacy

The British Red Cross is committed to privacy and will use personal data for the purpose it was collected or other legitimate purposes we tell you about: for example, to provide goods, services or information you have requested or to administer donations or services we provide. We may also analyse data we collect to better understand the people who support us or those who use or deliver our services. Sometimes this means us combining that data with information from reliable public sources. Our research allows us to tailor communications and services in a more focused and cost effective way, as well as better meeting your needs and the needs of others like you. However, we will never do this in a way that intrudes on personal privacy and will not use your data for a purpose that conflicts with previously expressed privacy preferences. For full details about how we use personal data, our legal basis for doing so and your privacy rights, please see our Privacy Notice.

Keeping in touch

The British Red Cross is committed to working with communities to make them stronger and more resilient.

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