Community Reserve Volunteer initiative

In the last few years, the UK has witnessed various large-scale emergencies, from severe flooding in Somerset to the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.

When crises like these hit, local communities naturally want to help. But it’s not always clear how to.

The British Red Cross knows that little acts of kindness can add up to make a real difference to people in times of need.

We’ve seen it time and time again when responding to emergencies.

And so we’ve come up with a new, innovative way in which people like you can be there for your community in the event of a large-scale crisis – as a community reserve volunteer.

There have been increasing calls to utilise the time and talents of the general public in times of disaster. This is our way of doing that.

To find out more information on how to become a Community Reserve Volunteer go to