This is Bob who works for the Red Cross and has been involved with the Night Café for 14 years (11 years of which he was employed by Red Cross). His role is to make sure this project runs smoothly. He is a warm and caring person that encourages young people. There are about 8-12 volunteers that help out with this project.
I was so excited when I received the call for an interview from the Red Cross crew. Now I work three shifts as a volunteer helping young people by providing them with a nutritious meal, showers, clothing, and referrals to services at the Night Café. This organisation supports young people aged 16-25 years old to pursue their goals for housing, education, training, and employment. The project is run jointly by the Australian Red Cross and Brisbane City Council with an aim to provide a safe space for homeless people at night.
After completing the volunteer registration on the Red Cross websites, they asked me to apply for a blue card which took four weeks to process. Before starting a shift, every volunteer can have a meal and connect with other volunteers and youngsters. The hidden rules for us are to be warm and welcoming with a smile. This is not only a safe place but also a warm workplace for volunteers. Everyone is friendly and willing to help each other. Being a Red Cross volunteer has been one of the most meaningful, rewarding and happiest memories during my studies.
If you are interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer visit the website.