Red Cross on Campus is a very special society, affiliated with the British Red Cross, which makes us part of a large and international network of university volunteers across the UK and worldwide.
As a university society, we mainly focus our attention and efforts on awareness campaigns. Recently, we organised an extremely informative and insightful workshop by Mohammed Leily, a Syrian refugee currently studying Medicine at the University of Southampton. It is so difficult to fully understand the journey and struggles of a refuge-seeker, but listening to Mo speak first had was an amazing experience. He led several activities which engaged all those who attended, and answered all the questions asked about his experiences.
Another huge part of what we do as a society is First Aid. At the beginning of February, a delegation of 15 QMUL students from a variety of courses took part in an emergency first aid training, which upon completion, granted them with 3 years of internationally qualified status! The feedback from those that took the course was extremely positive, as “the training runs in a very serious way but in a friendly environment, without the pressure of remembering everything or the fear of failing”, one of our students said.
For those of you interested in volunteering, we also provide great opportunities, which are offered through the British Red Cross itself. All of our members are registered as University Volunteers and Community Reserve Volunteers, and can be called to action whenever a crisis is faced. For example, several of our members volunteered at the Grenfell Relief Centre, following the tragic fire last summer. They supported those who had lost their homes, as well as volunteers and workers. We are able to log our volunteering hours and find several exciting volunteering opportunities through the British Red Cross’ vInspired portal for students.
At Red Cross on Campus, we are very proud and excited to be part of such an incredible organisation — the largest humanitarian organisation in the world. If this sounds like something you would be interesting in doing, or share belief in the Red Cross’ motto, ’refuse to ignore people in crisis and provide help to everybody in need’, then don’t hesitate to contact us and get involved!
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