Amazing stories from our Volunteers supporting the COVID-19 response

Mon ambulance est une lumière dans la nuit

Pour moi, c’est simple. Tu appliques le protocole. Je suis préparé. Je suis formé. Pas besoin de réfléchir. Tu réponds… Read more “Mon ambulance est une lumière dans la nuit”

SISU
Croix-Rouge de Belgique
Généralement, quand il y a deux fous dans la pièce, ils finissent par bien s’entendre

Chaque cas est différent. Depuis le début de l’épidémie, le centre d’appel fédéral reçoit onze mille appels par jour. Nous, on… Read more “Généralement, quand il y a deux fous dans la pièce, ils finissent par bien s’entendre”

SISU
Croix-Rouge de Belgique
He visto los dos extremos del ser humano: el dedicado y solidario y el que da la espalda

¿Cuál ha sido tu experiencia de voluntariado en Covid-19?  Hola soy Sofia Mallorgas Formo parte del grupo de Voluntariado Social… Read more “He visto los dos extremos del ser humano: el dedicado y solidario y el que da la espalda”

Sofia Mallorgas
Spanish Red Cross
He aprendido que no es un juego, que no es un virus común y corriente

¿Cuál ha sido tu experiencia de voluntariado en Covid-19? Cuéntanos tu historia Actualmente estoy prestando servicio en lo que es… Read more “He aprendido que no es un juego, que no es un virus común y corriente”

Lennyn Bonilla
Spanish Red Cross
A dilemma between staying home or risking to Help

Most of the regions in the Philippines, if not all, are already under the Enhanced Community Quarantine which corresponds to… Read more “A dilemma between staying home or risking to Help”

Renz Jan D. Ontal
Philippine Red Cross
This virus which I haven’t seen with my eyes frightened me

I’m a young Red Crescent Çanakkale volunteer İslam Akçin. I have a Young Red Crescent Çanakkale volunteer for about a… Read more “This virus which I haven’t seen with my eyes frightened me”

İslam Akçin
Turkish Red Crescent
Nascite e Rinascite

Per noi di Croce Rossa Italiana comitato di Lecce 🕊 è il tempo della gentilezza …oggi più che mai… e… Read more “Nascite e Rinascite”

Mimma Antonaci
Italian Red Cross
Fighting doesn’t mean you’re not scared, for the contrary – you use your fear for something positive

When I joined the Red Cross I learned about the 3 F’s of Emergency: the so-called Fight-Flight-Freeze response. Flight stands… Read more “Fighting doesn’t mean you’re not scared, for the contrary – you use your fear for something positive”

Susana Costa
Portuguese Red Cross
I’m proud to be part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement COVID-19

In the three months of 2020, our work has changed, and the work is not like a normal office rhythm,… Read more “I’m proud to be part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement COVID-19”

Aisuluu Kangeldieva
The Red Crescent of Kyrgyzstan Society
To see the light at the end of the tunnel is a necessity

What has been your experience of volunteering in COVID-19? Tell us your story? My name is Monica Bononi and I’m… Read more “To see the light at the end of the tunnel is a necessity”

Monica Bononi
Italian Red Cross Society

Community Engagement

Going a step beyond offering psycho-social support, how can communities also be gainfully engaged that enables a wider range of services and a cross collaboration of likeminded to stay active and contribute meaningfully during this crisis? How can the crises help in rethinking engagement of volunteers?

Austria is scaling up activities and increasing its volunteer base via the Online platform “Team Österreich”. The platform has been created by the Red Cross and the Austrian broadcasting station Ö3 in 2007 and has around 65.000 members all over the country. Now, TÖ is bringing together short time (spontaneous) volunteers and people or institutions in need of help. Over 3.000 people have registered in the last days offering their support for people in quarantine or the elderly. 200 “Team Österreich” members have so far supported the national telephone hotline. In addition, helpers are available and connected with elderly people/people in home quarantine to do the necessary shopping. Via the online platform also elderly people or people in quarantine can register and ask for help. Support will be organised and coordinated over the platform.

In Switzerland, The App Five up is available as a matching platform for volunteers and people in need of services facilitating neighbourhood services. Launched by the Swiss RC and SGG, the ap registered an unprecedented surge in use in the previous week (more than 1800 matches were facilitated, 40’000 times downloaded in late March).

In Denmark, the Danish Red Cross Youth (DRCY) has initiated ways to engage young people through #CoronaVenner (CoronaFriends) reaching out to children and youth in special need of social, structural and homework support in order to make their current life at home manageable. Corona Friends offers services through local activities and at national levels, 1:1 online relations or online groups sessions focusing on the individual child’s needs – whether it is a daily wakeup call, some structural support to get through the day, online social gathering through music, gaming, videos etc. or homework support/tutoring and will be matched with the most suitable volunteer.

The CoronaFriends initiative has received a donation from the Tuborg Foundation on 500.000 DKK.

And extending the types of support to young people amidst the crises, DRCY shared online video tutorials on how to easily edit videos and tell stories via mobile phones. This allows young people to document experiences and ideas on handling the coronavirus challenge, while developing a relevant skill such as videomaking and storytelling through participatory media.

Links to tutorials (in English):

April 3, 2020
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