Skip to content
Emergency Services

Australian Red Cross calls for volunteers in NSW

Australian Red Cross 2 mins read
Australian Red Cross Volunteer

As disasters become more frequent across Australia, the demand for Australian Red Cross emergency services is growing.

In New South Wales,1,200 Australian Red Cross emergency service volunteers play a critical role in supporting communities when disaster strikes, but more are needed.

Volunteers are vital in delivering Australian Red Cross emergency response programs. They not only support people in their own communities but are often deployed across the country to be where they’re needed most.

Australian Red Cross State Manager Emergency Services for NSW, Diana Bernardi is encouraging anyone with a passion to help and meet like-minded people to consider joining the volunteer community.

“Volunteering means joining a group of nearly 1,200 volunteers across NSW who are ready to assist locally and across the state and rest of the country in times of emergency,” Ms Bernardi said.

“As a volunteer this could mean supporting people in evacuation or recovery centres or supporting and delivering disaster preparedness activities and workshops in schools and communities.

“No matter your background, there is a role for you if you have the desire to help people in times of need”.

Australian Red Cross Emergency Services assist individuals and communities to prepare for, cope with, and manage the psychosocial impacts of emergencies – and right now needs volunteers more than ever. 

Volunteers gain access to internationally and nationally developed training to undertake their roles, including psychological first aid, community engagement and development, preparedness, and recovery.

There are more than 3400 Australian Red Cross emergency services volunteers around the country who are vital in providing critical support to communities. Becoming an Australian Red Cross volunteers means joining a movement that has been responding to emergencies and providing humanitarian assistance in Australia since 1914.  

 

For more information contact nswemerencyservices@redcross.org.au or see volunteer roles at www.redcross.org.au/volunteer


Contact details:

For media inquiries and interview requests please contact: Australian Red Cross media: media@redcross.org.au or call 1800 733 443.

Media

More from this category

  • Community, Emergency Services
  • 20/06/2024
  • 11:30
Monash University

Community-led disaster resilience model benefiting those that need it most

A new report from Monash University’s Fire to Flourish program has identified how a community-led approach to disaster resilience is delivering positive impacts for affected communities. As climate disasters become more frequent and severe, it is crucial now more than ever to support local communities and individuals in enhancing their preparedness, response and recovery efforts. The 2023 Impact Report from Fire to Flourish, which is part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, is based on a five-year collaborative program, aimed at advancing community-led disaster recovery and long-term resilience. A community-led model recognises that each community’s strengths and priorities are different.…

  • Emergency Services, Environment
  • 20/06/2024
  • 06:04
Climate Council

MEDIA ALERT: Fire, Health and Climate Experts call out Duttons nuclear scheme, say communities will pay the price

All Australians and every Sydney-sider should be extremely concerned about theFederal Opposition's scheme for nuclear power, even though the city isn’t a potential site for a power plant. Today at 9.30am, experts will explain how the true cost of nuclear power will be more delays to climate action, more climate pollution and more unnatural disasters for Sydney, NSW and Australian communities at large. Greg Mullins, founder of Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, will speak to the dangers of continuing to burn coal, oil and gas, while communities are forced to wait for a false climate solution. He’ll highlight the regions…

  • Emergency Services, Environment
  • 20/06/2024
  • 00:01
Emergency Leaders for Climate Action

CALAMITY HOTSPOTS: CLIMATE DISASTERS FORCE AUSSIES TO MOVE A QUARTER OF A MILLION TIMES

AUSTRALIANS HAVE BEEN FORCED to move more than 240,000 times in recent years due to worsening disasters, with the hardest hit communities experiencing extreme weather events at least 25 times. A new report by Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, 'Too close to home' steps the Australian Government needs to take to better protect communities from climate-fuelled disasters. The report reveals the communities hit hardest by consecutive disasters (see attached infographic and report), and makes the case for why more investment into community preparedness is critical. Greg Mullins AO AFSM, Founder of Emergency Leaders for Climate Action said: “As communities around…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.