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What does being a DWST member involve?
Being a DWST member involves wanting to help the community. Whether that be during a disaster where we provide support such as a temporary place to stay, making them feel comfortable or providing them with psychosocial support to help them through their experiences and trauma. After the emergency or disaster, it is about finding ways to help the community get back together. We train to be prepared to respond during disasters, so we can be as best prepared as we possibly can be to help our community. What inspired you to begin volunteering?
I love helping people and I was really interested in the way Red Cross helps people. They deploy to disasters and give the community as much as they can. I was also interested in the skills that being in the team could give me. Being in the team is giving me experiences I would not have been able to gain elsewhere and has helped me realise what I want to do with my life after I finish high school.
What do you know now that you didn’t when you started volunteering?
As I am quite shy, being in the team made me more confident to talk to others. Through the psychosocial support training I have gained, I have learned to open up and talk to people about their experiences and provide them with support. I now feel more confident in my skills and abilities to help others.
What is your favourite part about being a Red Cross member?
The people that I meet within the team, other teams and members of the community. Everyone has their own story and experiences with Red Cross and I have enjoyed hearing about their Red Cross journey and it has made me realise how far I want to go in the DWST team and the experiences I hope to gain in the future.
Our Disaster Welfare and Support teams are made up of highly committed, multi-skilled volunteers. Read more about their responsibilities, training and how you could join the team.