West: Red Cross Need New Volunteers

30 April 2014, 12:50 | Updated: 30 April 2014, 13:06

Red Cross Volunteers

A charity that helps people across Bristol when they are most in need are telling Heart they need more volunteers.

The British Red Cross are on the hunt for more fire and emergency service volunteers who can be deployed when disaster strikes. They are specially trained to give practical and emotional support to people after fires, floods and other emergencies, and played an important role in relief work during the recent bad weather across our region. The team also works with power companies to support vunerable people during power cuts.

Hazel Fletcher has been volunteering since 2007. She says:

"Anyone who has experienced a house fire will understand the devistation it can cause. We are able to relieve some of the anxiety by signposting those affected into other services that can support them or simply just sitting and listening to them talk. It can make such a big difference and people really do appreciate the service we offer."

The charity is holding an open evening for people to find out more about the service on Thursday 1 May at their offices in Caxton Business Park, Warmley 19:00 - 21:00.