Katherine dedicates a significant part of her spare time during the week and weekends to attend to her duties with the Red Cross, whether it being a local gala day or a large pop concert. Katherine is fully trained as an Emergency Rresponder and can often be found during turbulent times providing help to effected people. Whatever the incident from floods, house fire, transport accidents, the Emergency Responders work closely with the emergency services to support their work during this time. During the 2010 snow storms, Katherine assisted stranded air passengers with food, water, blankets and pillows ensuring they have some basis comforts while being stuck in the airport.
Recently Katherine has used some of her annual leave, to attend a training session by the British Red Cross training department in Calmer Training. This course provides volunteers with in-depth skills in providing emotional support to casualties. Following the completion of the course Katherine is now a Facilitator in Calmer Training and is able to deliver these important skills to new volunteers.
Over the past two years Katherine has been keen to develop her skills and knowledge within the British Red Cross and is currently working on a campaign in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service. This initiative involves Katherine volunteering in the Ambulance Service local call centre handling non-emergency calls. This new role is challenging for Katherine as she has to use all aspects of her training while working under high standard set by the ambulance service.
When you hear about the British Red Cross you always think of the work they do internationally with natural disasters, famine and war. The vital assistance they provide throughout the UK is often over shadowed and forgotten about. In times of crisis, the BritishRed Cross are always committed to helping people without discrimination, regardless of their ethnic origin, nationality or religion.
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