Red Cross and Thurrock Council are joining forces to create a community resilience team.
Anyone can be a lifesaver, given the right skills. A key objective of the British Red Cross is to equip people with life-saving expertise, to enable every community to withstand an emergency or crisis.
The charity has now teamed up with Thurrock Council and its sponsors Petroplus Refining and Marketing Ltd in a new partnership, which aims to build resilience within the local community.
Lynne Hartley, Red Cross emergency planning and response manager for Essex, explained: “We are looking for people from within the borough and beyond to sign up as emergency response volunteers and train in a range of skills from first aid to providing emotional support.
We believe this will improve the resilience of Thurrock local communities in the event of major incident such as severe weather or flooding.”
To find out more about the project, come along to their information session at the Thurrock Riverside Arts Activity Centre (near Tilbury Riverside Station) on Thursday 25 February 2010, 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
Alternatively email: bheER@redcross.org.uk or call 0844 412 2830 and speak to Lynne or Len.
Lynne added: “This will be the first of a series of informal sessions to give potential volunteers an understanding of what we are trying to achieve, how we aim to do it and how you can help create a resilient community in Thurrock.”