British Red Cross (Aberdeen)

Charity registered in Scotland SC037738

The British Red Cross helps people in times of crisis, providing a range of services in local communities across the UK. We are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever people are.


Current opportunities

It starts with ‘Hello’. From new mums to empty nesters, it's often surprising who is affected by loneliness. That's why we're teaming up with The Co-operative. Together we want to reach out and reconnect thousands of lonely people with their communities, and tackle a problem that is shortening lives and eroding wellbeing. The aim of the Community Connector is to support people affected by social isolation and loneliness and to help them gain confidence and to reconnect to their community in partnership with existing and new partner organisations. We will place the person at the centre of what we do and help them by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support, for up to three months, depending on their needs. Full training and excellent support is provided to all volunteers. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the local community. All help is greatly appreciated. For more details please contact Ieva Nevulyte, Community Connector Co-ordinator at email inevulyte@redcross.org.uk / tel:: 07872 839864.

This is a very rewarding role providing much-needed support for people who are accessing our service. The main element of the role is to deliver or collect wheelchairs to/from people’s homes supporting them to maintain their independence, or you could choose to support members of the public from varying locations around the hub area (e.g., often using partner supermarket car parks) to enable them to obtain a wheelchair or other mobility aids equipment. You could also be driving between hub and spoke locations to transfer stock. This is the ideal role for someone who enjoys meeting people, can show compassion and empathy and who likes driving. It will involve driving a Red Cross or hire vehicle. A fantastic opportunity to help and make a real difference. All volunteers are greatly appreciated. For further details please contact us at email wheelchairvolunteer@redcross.org.uk or tel.: 03000 040309.

For people leaving hospital, adjusting to life at home can be a difficult time. Helping someone get their essential shopping, pick up their prescription or get the heating turned on can make all the difference for them to feel safe at home. This service is available in Aberdeen 7 days a week 9.00am - 8.00pm depending on needs. We would like you to : • volunteer at least 4 hours a week within the above times • to drive and have use of a car if possible, though this is not essential *Why we want you If you are compassionate and like helping and meeting people, then this could be the role for you. Volunteers like you support people who are leaving hospital, helping to build their confidence so that they can continue to live independently in their own home. *What you will be doing • Visit people in hospital as they are getting ready to go home. • Bring people home from hospital. • Help someone settle in when they first arrive home. • Support with shopping and collecting prescriptions. • Help people find further support if they need it. • Keep records of tasks. *The skills you need • Warm and friendly with empathy for others. • Good communication skills. • Encouraging and supportive. • Enjoy meeting and spending time with new people. • Can work independently and as a part of a team. • Able to commit to a regular shift. *What's in it for you • Meet new people and be part of a dynamic and inclusive team. • A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and gain new ones. • All training and induction for the role (there is no charge for training). • Reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses for the role including for attending training. • An opportunity to be part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and the knowledge that you are making a difference to people’s lives. All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. For full details and to apply please visit: https://volunteer.redcross.org.uk/opportunities/21249-independent-living-service-volunteer-grampian-2021-10-13

Are you looking for a volunteer role to challenge yourself? Would you like to gain skills that could really make a difference in your local community? Do you feel passionate about support others? If your answer is yes then this could be the role for you, we are currently expanding our service in your area and are looking for warm, friendly, compassionate, professional individuals. As an Ambulance Care Assistant Volunteer: • Supporting patients who are often vulnerable taking them home from hospital or to essential medical appointments • Sometimes supporting end of life patients, this could be locally however on occasions we do transport people long distance • Capturing relevant information accurately as required by the local health authority using tablets or specific report forms • Receiving or handover patients ensuring all relevant information is passed on regarding the individual and their belongs/ medications are received/ handed over • Using relevant equipment to ensure the patients safety such as stretchers, carry chairs and wheelchairs • Sometimes monitoring prescribed oxygen levels, patients health, give basic first aid seeking guidance and support where needed • Sharing the roles and responsibilities with your crew to ensure your vehicle is prepared pre-shift with all relevant equipment and that cleaning routines are adhered to throughout and post-shift ensuring that infection prevention and control standards are followed at all times • Achieving and maintaining competence in your skills and knowledge, completing annual modules and engaging in relevant CPD sessions either online or face to face to ensure you don’t fall into skill fade • Following our CQC guidelines as we are a regulated service So if you have the ability to: • Work flexibly in the ambulance environment • Communicate effectively • Ensure the patients in your care receive high quality care • Support your colleagues as well as your patients • Build and maintain effective working relationships and work as part of a team • Use online systems comfortably • Lift bending and carrying in the process of transporting patients …this could be the role for you. Our training will provide everything you need to know so no prior experience is needed. The training and support you will receive includes: • Online learning welcoming you to BRC and….. • Zoom sessions including roles &responsibilities, mental health and patient centred care • An accredited external MIDAS course which includes remote and face to face training • Four days face to face training to ensure you have excellent manual handling and first aid skills • Ongoing support through a mentoring programme once your core service training is completed The Ambulance Care Assistant Volunteer role is one of our main roles however we do have a progression pathway to an intermediate skill level for our dedicated crews enabling them to support patients further when in their care. As a service we support end of life care to and from appointments as well as transporting patients across the UK so that they are able to spend precious time with their families, we pride ourselves in the care and dignity we provide, we don’t just transport people we put the person at the heart of what we do. Our contracts vary and change and at times we could have shifts across the seven day ranging from 8 to 12 hours, we ask for a minimum commitment of two shifts per month contract dependant. You will be transporting people with very limited mobility, a lot of whom will need to be moved by stretcher and we also transport COVID positive patients. It can be a long physical day doing on average 6 to 8 transports in a twelve-hour shift so it’s not for the faint hearted! As this role includes driving you will need to have held a driving licence which allows you to drive in the UK for two years. A great opportunity to help and make a real difference for people and our NHS. For further information please contact Pauline Bartley, Volunteer Mobilisation Manager at email: Pbartley@redcross.org.uk or telephone: 07525902931.