Here at IRUK, as part of long-term commitment to volunteer development, we’ve designed a specialised two year programme to train volunteers to be able to respond to civil emergencies across the UK and become leaders for the future.

Our RespondIR programme trains IRUK volunteers to be able to respond to the country’s worst emergencies within a period of 48 hours, ensuring that we can serve as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. From flooding in the north of England to fires in London, in the follow up of any kind of local disaster, communities require assistance in their hour of need and our volunteers are on hand to step in!

What is the RespondIR programme?

RespondIR is comprehensive volunteer-led programme dedicated to creating trained leaders who can provide an emergency response during a crisis and represent the organisation through our national programmatic work.

This dedicated programme provides participants with the necessary skills and experience to support communities in need. Participants will develop and strengthen their skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas including:

  • Project management and campaigning
  • Providing emergency responses
  • Gender and inclusion
  • Crisis communication and leadership
  • First aid
  • Conflict resolution
  • Public speaking
  • Additional communication techniques

Over a period of two years, our chosen participants will attend 13 key training sessions to develop and review this range of skills, subject knowledge and programme participation to enable them to support communities in need through our emergency response programme and sustainable projects.

All across the United Kingdom, we partner with some of the most experienced organisations, to deliver projects aimed at relieving poverty and provide sustainable development. We also partner with organisations which provide us with support to deliver the best multidisciplinary training possible to our volunteers.

We’re creating dedicated, experienced and skilled volunteers and are confident that by the end of this two year comprehensive programme, our volunteers will be ready for any challenge they face!

Volunteers in training (2018 – 2020)

We want our volunteers to learn as much as possible throughout the programme. We therefore run regular training and monitoring sessions to ensure that we harness the skills and knowledge developed by of all our volunteers throughout our training sessions.

We’ll be providing regular updates, feedback and evaluation after each session via our website, blog and social media as the programme continues. In the meantime, please click here to download a copy of the calendar for our current 2018 – 2020 programme.

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