British Red Cross (Shetland)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037738

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.\r\n\r\nWe enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives


Current opportunities

We are looking for volunteers to assist in times of personal and community crisis. This may take the form of making food and drinks in a community hall or being trained in the use of community defibrillators.

Once full training has been given, voluteers will provide therapeutic care on a rota basis. Both training and delivery can be done during normal working hours or evening and weekends, to suit the voluteer; training can be provided locally. Volunteers are sought to join the teams in Lerwick, the North isles and the Westside.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives About Opportunity Volunteers are required to use their own cars to convey older/frail folk from their home to medically related appointments, i.e. Chemist, Dentist, Chiropodist, etc. This service is only available in Lerwick. All drivers are entitled to claim motor mileage allowance.

The Red Cross in Shetland is about to expand existing transport and escort service to include transporting North Isles and North Mainland patients to appointments at the Gilbert Bain Hospital. Volunteer drivers are required to transport these patients to their appointments. Patients will either need collected from their homes in the North Mainland or collected from the Toft Ferry terminal if travelling from the North Isles then returned again after appointment by the volunteer. Volunteers will use their own vehicle for this service and will claim back expenses through the Red Cross at 45p per mile plus 5p per passenger per mile. This will be a hands-off service only open to able bodied people. However, volunteers may need to provide emotional support to service users.