Caring for Volunteers

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A Psycho-social Support Toolkit:

It is of course difficult to prepare for every type of event and to include every single volunteer.
But it is possible to be prepared, both for supporting the well-being of staff and volunteers, as well as for the many other aspects of disaster response.

A 2009 report with 19 participating National Societies showed that preparedness for psycho-social support to volunteers had often been developed AFTER a major disaster, but that most had wished they had had plans in place BEFORE.

In other words – and as is said on airplanes every day, “Put on your own oxygen mask first, before assisting others.”

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