Who We Are:
The Irish Red Cross Society is a humanitarian organisation that upholds and works within the Red Cross Fundamental Principles by delivering a wide range of services within local communities throughout a network of local Branches around Ireland.
When joining the Irish Red Cross, you will be becoming a member of one of these local Branches, which are all local volunteer-led groups supported by the National Society.
What We Do:
Our local Branches each have their own identity, and the activities and opportunities they offer will vary depending on the needs of their local communities.
Irish Red Cross services fall under 3 categories: First Aid & Rescue, Community Support, and Youth.
First Aid & Rescue:
Our First Aid & Rescue section provides training and upskilling from basic First Aid up to EMT level. Our trained Unit Volunteers provide First Aid event cover at a variety of public events such as concert, sporting events and festivals. We also have specialised Rescue Teams located in Glen of Imaal in Wicklow (Mountain Rescue) and Lake Corrib and Mask (Lake Rescue).
Our Community Support section allows volunteers to help in their local communities as ‘Befriending’ Volunteers, Community Transport Services, offering support for Carers, Therapeutic Handcare, Skin Camouflage and Psychological First Aid.
Our Youth Section encompasses all of our members aged 4 to 25. Local Branches who have Youth groups offer a wide-range of age-appropriate activities and training courses. From our T-Bears groups for ages 4 to 9 years old, to our Youth Leadership Development Training for members aged 18 to 25, the Youth Section offers our younger members a fantastic opportunity of learn new skills and make new friends. There are several national Youth events which take place annually that bring all of our Youth Members together.
The Application Process:
The first step in joining is to contact your local Irish Red Cross Branch.
Please see the map to find the Branch closest to you. Once you know which Branch you would like to join, please contact the Branch Secretary at the e-mail address listed on the map.
They will be able to give you more information about the Branch activities and services they are involved in locally, and the days/times they meet, so you can ensure it will be good fit for you before joining.
All Irish Red Cross members over the age of 16 are required to complete a Garda Vetting application through the Irish Red Cross. The Garda Vetting application makes up part of the application process, and an ID Verification Form requiring the signature of a local Branch Officer must be completed for a membership application to be processed. The Branch Secretary will be able to assist you with completing the ID Verification Form.
Please see the National Vetting Bureau FAQ section for more information: https://vetting.garda.ie/Help/FAQ
How to Join:
After you have contacted your local Branch and decided you are ready to join, you will need to complete your membership application pack.
There are different application packs for different age groups, so please find the one that applies to you:
Annual Membership Application Packs 2021:
It is important that you contact your local Branch before sending in any membership application forms.
The National Services team is here to assist you during your application and beyond – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 01-6424600 if you have any queries along the way.
2021 Membership Renewal
Membership renewal for the remainder of 2021 is also free of charge.
For lapsed members looking to renew their membership, please download the 2021 Membership Renewal Form, and send the completed forms to Head Office.
You will also need to submit a new Garda Vetting application - please download the relevant forms below.
Renew Garda Vetting:
If your Garda Vetting is due for renewal, please download the relevant Garda Vetting Pack below, and complete the forms included. You will need to contact your local branch in order to have your ID Verification Form completed.