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Helping hundreds of thousands of people every year

From bushfire-affected communities to the lonely and isolated, we support people in times of crisis. Check out this snapshot of what we achieved last financial year.

Every year we help tens of thousands of people affected by emergencies. We show people how to get prepared, we provide psychosocial first aid at the scene and then make follow-up welfare visits in the weeks afterwards.

Last year our teams were called to 48 major emergencies in Australia last year, including fires, floods and homicides. We also sent 83 aid workers to support emergency operations in 19 countries.

More than 2.5 million Australians are living in poverty and more than 116,000 people are homeless.

Red Cross’ runs community hubs in several locations, where people can get a meal, a shower, access services and find out what other help is available. As well, in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Adelaide and Perth we operate programs supporting young people with work, education and life matters.

We also provide vulnerable migrants and people seeking asylum with grocery vouchers, public transport cards, and help with emergency housing and other costs. 

One in two Australians often feels lonely and one in four feels socially excluded. At the same time, 25% of Australians aged 65 and older live on their own.

Every day our volunteers call older folks who live alone to check they’re okay. We also drive people to medical or social appointments if they don’t have a way to get there.

Red Cross teams visit people in their homes or in retirement centres for a cuppa and a chat. Alongside this we run community hubs where others get together to talk, relax and find services they need. Many people who use these hubs are experiencing hardship.

In remote areas we help young people with practical things like getting a driver licence or mentoring so they can finish school. Then when they enter the workforce we help with job readiness programs.

Our teams also run camps, drop-in services and cultural programs to help young people feel proud of who they are. And we support young parents to get the skills they need to raise their children.

Every day of the year we are connecting those who could help to those who needed help, individuals to community, innovative thinkers to good causes, and people to their own strength and capacity.

Together with our supporters we are working to make the world a better place.

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