Supporting the British Red Cross coronavirus response
British Red Cross employees and volunteers respond to an emergency every four hours, on average, in the UK – and this pandemic is no exception. Communities need more support than ever to get through this uncertain time.
Aviva and the Aviva Foundation 1 have committed an additional donation of £10 million to the Red Cross to enable them to accelerate their response, reaching more people – and quickly - to ensure those made most vulnerable by the outbreak can get the right support at the right time. This additional investment is one of the largest single corporate donations ever received by the British Red Cross.
Some of the funds will be used to establish a Hardship Fund, which provides support to individuals who were already financially at risk before the coronavirus outbreak, and whose financial situation has deteriorated as a result. Working in partnership with government and volunteer partners, the British Red Cross will identify those eligible for the fund - individuals will not be able to self-refer to the Fund. It will play a vital role in bridging the gap for those who are not receiving government support, enabling them to meet their essential living costs.
Additionally, in the UK the donation is enabling the British Red Cross to continue to support those most vulnerable shielding at home and coming out of hospital, ensuring they are safe and working with hospitals to ease the pressure. It is also expanding our existing support for the British Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer (CRV) programme – something that's more important than ever.
Maurice Tulloch, Aviva plc CEO said: "At this unprecedented moment we all need to act now - and act together - to look after each other. That's why we're strengthening our partnership with the British Red Cross. Since 2016 we've seen first-hand the incredible work they do to help communities here in the UK and around the world. This new funding will get vital help to the people who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic."
Working together to support those who need it most
We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the British Red Cross has been extended to 2021. As well as helping the charity build stronger and safer communities at home and abroad, we want you to be ready for life’s emergencies with confidence.
Only 5% of the UK population are confident, competent and willing to act in an emergency requiring first aid. We’re proud to support the British Red Cross in their mission to make first aid skills accessible. Find out more.
Whether it’s preparing for emergencies or responding and recovering after one, our partnership sees us share expertise and initiatives with far-reaching impact – our people have digitally mapped 300,000 buildings and 28,000kms of road in some of the most vulnerable places in the world, and we’re sponsors of the Emergency App.
Community reserve volunteers
We’re also helping inspire recruits to join the community reserve volunteer programme – empowering people to help during major emergencies as well as help communities that have experienced a disaster rebuild stronger than ever.
We've helped the British Red Cross since 2016 – from aiding disaster relief to providing strategic assistance, our expertise in risk, strategy and innovation are helping build resilience in the face of crises.
Tackling the issues together
Nine in 10 of us would want to help when crisis strikes our community, but more than half of us would not know what to do. Our partnership with the British Red Cross is closing the gap.
What we do
As well as contributing to the British Red Cross’s Disaster Fund, we use our shared knowledge and skills to take British Red Cross initiatives to new audiences. One recent example was trialling new first aid technology for training using virtual reality headsets, hosting a volunteering day at our London offices to test the system.
Inspiring new community reserve volunteers
Would you step-up and help if a crisis hit your community? The British Red Cross needs volunteers to provide urgently needed assistance in the event of an emergency. And with the community reserve programme, you can help make a real difference in your area.
Could you make a difference?
Get closer to your community and be a helping hand in times of need.
How can I become a community reserve volunteer?
Registering as a community reserve volunteer is quick and easy.
Share your details
When you’re ready to begin, you’ll need to answer a few signup questions. The British Red Cross will also need to confirm your phone number, so be sure to have it at hand.
Help your community
In the event of a crisis in your local community, the British Red Cross will text you detailing the emergency. The text will ask if you’re available to help – if you are, just reply ‘YES’ and wait for further instructions.
Become a community reserve volunteer
Ready to get started? Head to the British Red Cross community reserve volunteer page to register.