- Availability: All times – depending on community needs
- Time involved: As required - Varied Hours
- Location: Geraldton WA with potential deployment to other Mid-West communities
- Learn new skills and be prepared to assist when communities need you the most
- Contribute to Red Cross Emergency Services by helping before, during and after emergencies in a variety of roles
- Join a team of trained volunteers assisting communities throughout WA
Red Cross has been responding to emergencies and providing humanitarian assistance in Australia since 1914. We are committed to strengthening and extending our emergency aid services to assist all Australians in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. As part of our Emergency Services team, you will join a group of over 200 trained volunteers ready to assist locally and across the state in times of emergency.
Our work spreads far and wide, including supporting communities, groups, and individuals to prepare for emergencies, as well as assisting with response and disaster recovery. We also work with many stakeholders to provide training in psychological first aid, response, emergency management and recovery.
Red Cross provides a range of support to communities at-risk of disaster or that have experienced an emergency. We work in communities before an emergency assisting with individual and community preparedness, during an emergency providing support in welfare and relief centres and through our emergency phoneline, and after emergencies as communities move through the recovery process.
We are looking for people who are willing to be trained to provide this type of support to our communities across WA.
The opportunity requires volunteers to maintain their training so they can respond when needed. This is not a predictable volunteering opportunity as we don’t know when emergencies are going to happen. We are asking you to be prepared to respond when you are needed. However, you will have the flexibility to decide when you volunteer your time and what activities you would like to be involved with.
As a volunteer you will:
- join a local team which meets once a month to provide you with the support needed
- develop skills that allow you to provide psychosocial support, training programs and community development services in your own communities and beyond.
Successful volunteers are:
- open to working with all members of the WA community sometimes during very challenging times
- have strong interpersonal listening and communication skills
- be able to communicate in a respectful, sensitive, and supportive way
- enjoy working in teams and be driven to maintain their skills and knowledge.
- Basic computer literacy is required.
As a Red Cross Emergency Services Volunteer, you will have a direct impact with the members of your community. Whether you are providing personal support (Psychological First Aid) to people affected be emergencies, helping communities prepare before or recover after a disaster or support training and operations, you will be making a real difference.
Red Cross will ensure you have training, ongoing support, and access to other opportunities within the WA Red Cross.
To find out more about this opportunity please refer to the volunteer role description Volunteer Role Description Emergency Services general GERALDTON AND MIDWEST .pdf or contact Katie Heath on 0409 832 105.
Red Cross strives to create a safe and inclusive culture with wellbeing at its centre. We embrace diversity and welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people with different lived experiences, abilities, gender, ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation. We are a child safe organisation with zero tolerance of any harm to children. Our vision is to be trusted as the leading humanitarian organisation making a genuine difference in the lives of people and communities.
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