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British Red Cross Volunteer Reviews

Updated 31 Jan 2019

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  1. "Refugee Unit"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic training and staff

    Cons

    None applicable Great organisation to be at.

    British Red Cross2018-02-27
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Worse place to volunteer and managers need more training"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Acocks Green, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leaving and never going back

    Cons

    The lack of training on the managers

    Advice to Management

    Leave and never work here again

    British Red Cross2019-01-31
  3. Helpful (3)

    "very poor"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Blackpool, England

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    No pro's come to mind

    Cons

    Manager promised training as volunteer which never occurred He then wanted me to run modules of training alongside him which I was not prepd to do without training He told me when I started that all those he worked with in Blackpool / Preston were ex's, very close friends,unsure why Manager talked about his private life I really didnt want/need to know He wanted to know all about my private life which I wasn't prepd...

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    Advice to Management

    Have some sort of grievance procedure given to all volunteers as soon as they start so they can do something about this kind of thing. Have some form of regular contact with volunteers so you know if people are unhappy.

    British Red Cross2016-07-11
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    Get a feeling of helping out with the local community and doing something worthwhile to help people around

    Cons

    Felt pressurised to commit time each week to the organisation, customers asking for a discount, training was rushed and I felt like I didn't know what I was doing

    British Red Cross2016-05-29
  5. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in London, England

    I worked at British Red Cross for more than a year

    Pros

    It just to gain experience.

    Cons

    There is no problem at the British Red Cross.

    British Red Cross2016-02-26
  6. "Great Workplace!"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Newtown, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great way to get experience with working with the public and handling stock. Really good social element to it. Definitely recommend it!

    Cons

    When it's not as busy it can get tedious, but this is easily remedied by the staff in charge who keep you busy with additional things to do

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    British Red Cross2015-12-30
  7. Helpful (1)

    "volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Carlisle, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross

    Pros

    I worked as a volunteer and put in the hours and was told that a forthcoming job was mine.

    Cons

    the company did not have courtesy to ring me and tell me I did not get the job. I had to ring them. They have not been in touch since so I will be looking for voluntary work elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Better management and less nepotism. Treat your volunteers with respect as they are giving you their time for free.

    British Red Cross2015-05-05
  8. "Friendly environment and great team"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Blyth, North East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Volunteer role No pressure with targets

    Cons

    No pay Some challenging co workers

    Advice to Management

    Consider training for actual employment

    British Red Cross2014-11-07
  9. "It sucks you in and it's very hard to leave"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British Red Cross part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is such a friendly, welcoming organisation with so many opportunities to get involved and so much you can learn and use in other aspects of life. All of its work is so important and with its strong history and principles, I am really proud to be part of the movement and of the work it does, and I always wish I could do more. It is getting much more recognition as an auxiliary emergency service, and is getting more...

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    Cons

    Like with any big organisation, organisation and management is an issue, more so before than now (it is definitely getting better!). Training has been a bit haphazard, and some volunteers/staff are not in it for the right reasons. It doesn't publicise itself very well or distinguish itself and its governance from other National Societies, so that it does't sell its good work and everything as well as it could. It still...

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    Advice to Management

    Although getting better, it is important to ensure young people are involved at all levels of governance and policy setting, especially as they are such a large proportion of your 'workforce'; get them involved in funding applications and setting up partnerships and projects as well. Show how red cross gets involved in crises at home, but through viral youtube clips that can be tweeted and facebooked as well, such as...

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    British Red Cross2014-05-19
  10. "I worked as a volunteer, a few times a week in one of the charity shops."

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    Former Employee - Volunteer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at British Red Cross part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get quite a lot of responsibility (good for CV).

    Cons

    Some questionable characters sometimes work here (doing community service?). Only £2 for lunch...

    Advice to Management

    Give a little more lunch money and perhaps work with some of the less popular charity shops to share stock (Red Cross always gets FAR too much - whereas Scope or Mind have less, I believe).

    British Red Cross2013-07-24
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