Volunteering Archive

Congratulations to our new Fáilte Induction Presenters!

Welcoming new Irish Red Cross volunteers

There has been lots of activity all over the country over the past few weeks with the training of our new Fáilte Presenters.  Fáilte is a new induction programme which has been developed to welcome new volunteers, and provides an overview of the work of the Irish Red Cross both here in Ireland and overseas. […]

Volunteering – it’s a family affair

A shared interest between father and sons strengthens familial bonds whether it’s football or fishing. In the case of the Fogarty clan it’s volunteering with the Irish Red Cross. This week saw Finian, the older Fogarty, receive a medal for his astounding sixty years of voluntary service with the organisation. ‘My father was one of […]

Salah’s story: “The smile of the people when they get help is enough for me to go on”

Salah’s story: “The smile of the people when they get help is enough for me to go on”

“The smile of the people when they get help is enough for me to go on” - Photo: Jon Martin Larsen/Norwegian Red Cross

“Every day we go to work or go with the ambulances, we have more to do. The smile of the people when they get help is enough for me to go on and on.”

Eight Year Old Life Saver

Harry and Isabelle

Harry and Isabelle

Waterford school boy Harry is, in most respects, your average eight year old. He loves nothing more than playing football and playing with his friends. But unlike most 8 year olds, Harry is a lifesaver. In 2011, Harry’s family welcomed Isabelle, the latest edition to their family and the smallest as she was born premature. […]

Ennis Woman Saves Child from Choking On Bottle Teat

Read about how an Ennis woman saves child from choking on bottle teat...

Ennis woman Shirley Benson has been a volunteer with the Irish Red Cross for many years.  As an experienced instructor, Shirley regularly trains members of the public in first aid.  At a day out with her family Shirley found out how much of a difference that training can make. At a local fun day, Shirley […]

Fermoy School Girl Saves Mans Life

Meet Jemma, a Fermoy schoolgirl and a life saver...

Meet Jemma, a Fermoy schoolgirl and a life saver...

Fermoy schoolgirl Jemma Dearden is, in most respects, your average sixteen year old. But unlike most sixteen year olds, Jemma is a lifesaver. In the early hours of the morning, Jemma and her mother Julie were woken by shouts for help from the street below their bedroom windows. The teenager’s first aid training from the […]

150 Years of Youth: The Healthy Future of the Movement Depends on Listening to its Youth Members

By Dr Massimo Barra, Vice President of the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent The expression ‘Red Cross Red Crescent Youth’ has always had two correlated significance: what youngsters can do for the Movement on one hand and what the Movement can do for youngsters on the other. In the ideal […]

150 Years of Volunteering: At The Heart Of The Movement

  “I started as a volunteer for the Red Cross youth in 1969”, remembers Oscar Zuluaga who first encountered the Red Cross in his hometown Cali in Colombia. “We did first aid courses and community work in poor quarters.  While interacting with children and young people, working together in drug and violence prevention I have […]

Mongolia: extreme cold forces families from traditional living to urban slums

In Mongolian, dzud is a silent disaster. Very few people will know the word, even if thousands suffer from its consequences. It is not an easy word to translate. Dzud is heralded by a dry summer resulting in a poor harvest of hay for winter feed. Black dzud is characterised by extreme cold – down […]

Fermoy School Girl Saves Mans Life

Recovery Position

Recovery Position

On Saturday 23rd February, sixteen year old schoolgirl Jemma Dearden came to the rescue of a man outside her home in Fermoy after a bar brawl left him unconscious. Jemma and her mother were woken by shouts for help from the street below their bedroom windows.  The teenager’s first aid training from the Irish Red […]