Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, joined volunteers and representatives from the British Red Cross at a Parliamentary reception to find out more about emergency response volunteers and the organisations exciting new Community Reserve Volunteer initiative which empowers communities to respond to a crisis in their local area.
The community reserve volunteer program is a new volunteering opportunity allowing you to make a difference during a flood, fire or any other major emergency near you. Anyone can become a community reserve volunteer; no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene.
This event took place as new a new report published by the British Red Cross and Aviva shows that the majority of people in the UK want to help if disaster strikes in their community but would not know what to do. The report, ‘When Crisis Hits: mobilising kindness in our communities’, reveals that almost nine in ten people (88%) say that if an emergency happened in their community they would want to get involved, yet more than half (53%) of people would not know what to do if a disaster struck.
The British Red Cross, in partnership with Aviva, is calling on people across the UK to sign up to a new scheme called community reserve volunteers, to help create a national network of people ready to help in a local emergency. The scheme hopes to recruit 10,000 community reserve volunteers across the UK by the end of 2019.
The call for people to sign up comes after the British Red Cross experienced one of the busiest years since WWII, assisting 9,300 people in more than 1,500 emergencies across the UK in 2017, including terror attacks in London and Manchester, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire.
To find out more, or to sign up, please visit: www.redcross.org.uk/reserves
Andrew Gwynne said:
“We saw in the aftermath of last year’s Manchester Arena attack just how our community pulled together and helped those in need. That’s one of the reasons I’m proud to support The British Red Cross to promote their Community Reserve Volunteer Scheme.
“The time devoted by thousands of volunteers across the country makes a real difference during emergencies and we need to ensure we keep those numbers high.”