Emergency Response Volunteer - Colchester

As an Emergency Response volunteer, you may be providing much needed practical and emotional support to individuals, as part of a team, in support of category 1 and 2 responders and other agencies following an emergency or major incident.

In addition, you could provide "behind the scenes" support to the response.

You will need to live within 30 minutes travel distance from the ER vehicle location

Typical Tasks Include; Offering practical and emotional support to those affected by significant events or disaster. This may include; providing basic provisions and facilities, shelter, signposting to other organisations or assisting with seeking temporary accommodation. You may be providing emotional support to people who have been evacuated to a rest centre due to a flood in their home. Working alongside other voluntary organisations and local authority/statutory service partners.

Administration and maintenance of appropriate records.

Carrying out tasks as agreed with the team leader and as per skills and training.

Attending briefings and debriefings given by the team leader or responding agency.


We keep the service users at the heart of all we do working to understand their needs and the difference we make. As well as good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills, we are looking for people who have, or are willing to undertake further training, particularly any technical requirements.

Willing to respond if on call, including unsocial hours.

Able to support others in a calm, logical and responsible manner, with listening and empathetic skills, even when under pressure.

Able to follow processes that relate to the role.

Committed and available to undertake training and attend exercises which are appropriate to the role.

Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the Society's Equal Opportunities Policy.

This role requires a DBS/PVG check to the appropriate level.

Location: Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1XT (Vehicle base)


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
    Reasonable adjustments can be made
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 09/05/2018

End Date: 09/05/2019

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This opportunity is available in: Braintree, Colchester, Maldon

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