Putting volunteers at the heart of our work.

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Volunteers are at the heart of the Red Cross, Red Crescent Movement and bring a unique perspective to our work. Volunteers are the gateway to the communities in which we work, having knowledge and skills that make our work relevant and meaningful. They bring diverse perspectives and have an emotional connection to the Movement and their communities. Volunteers are not only our service deliverers but also sources of inspiration and innovation, best understanding the contexts in which we work and offering solutions to overcome challenges.

The Volunteering Alliance is a global network of National Societies united by a common set of values, framed by the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Neutrality, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. United to prevent and alleviate human suffering – everywhere for everyone – while ensuring the safety and well-being of our volunteers.

About the Global Volunteering Alliance

The IFRC is coordinating an Alliance of National Societies to reflect on current trends and imagining the future of volunteering. Forming a common understanding of possible futures and understanding how to deal with the uncertainty and complexity associated with these challenges will be central to the success of National Societies. By collectively addressing the challenges, National Societies are more likely to overcome them.

Technical experts from National Societies across the globe have joined forces, through the alliance, to look at key challenges and inviting others, from within and outside the movement, to collaboratively assess the challenges and finding sustainable solutions, built on evidence. They are doing this by partnering with the academic and corporate sector, as well as other Volunteer involving Organisations, recognising that we as a movement alone may not have the solutions to the challenges we are facing.

The Alliance is driven by National Societies for National Societies. By joining the Alliance, National Societies will be able to learn from each other and lead in designing and testing new volunteering approaches while helping themselves and help others by working on all volunteering development issues. The Alliance will match National Societies’ technical expertise with technical support needs of other National Societies and facilitate support between them. Given the unique insights and expertise National Societies have through the different contexts they operate in, the more National Societies join the Alliance, the more successful and rich the Alliance will become.

 

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