RED Cross recently hosted a networking event to further strategic connections for its Community Connectors Programme.
Explaining the importance of developing a strategic network for the programme Senior Fundraiser, Red Cross, Charlotte King said: “While the Red Cross is obviously well known for our work overseas, including responding to situations like the recent, devastating Cyclone Idai, our volunteers are also very active locally. We are currently supporting lonely and isolated people as part of our growing Community Connectors programme, helping people to gain confidence, try new things and get out and about to socialise again.
“We are also helping patients at the Ulster hospital to get home sooner by providing an assisted discharge service. And of course, we are always on standby to provide emergency response support across Northern Ireland to people affected by fire, flood and a host of other unexpected emergencies.”
Charlotte added: “Like any programme of activity, for the Community Connectors Programme, it is important to have a strong network of contacts in the private and public sector to successfully deliver meaningful support. Networking events like this one help to expand our base and enable us to do more.
“We do have an extensive range of donors, who provide vital funds to allow us to run our programmes and we are very grateful for their commitment and input, though we are always seeking new donors and sponsors and networking events like this help us in this regard.”
Speaking after the event, President of the Red Cross in Northern Ireland, Dr Terry Cross OBE commented: “Red Cross is working across Northern Ireland and it has a strong, active team of volunteers. Some people, groups and organisations are not aware of how they can get involved and networking events show stakeholders just what’s possible. I would like to thank everyone who attended.’’