Greyshirt Reflections: Mike’s three weeks in Australia

Terrifying images of raging Australian bush fires dominated the news recently. It will take years for normality to return to these devastated communities. As a volunteer Greyshirt, I put myself forward to help with the recovery effort. Greyshirts come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many are veterans and blue light responders who work well in a crisis. As a surveyor I contribute my own specialist skills, whether help is needed at home or overseas. On this three-week operation I …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Training with the Gurkha Welfare Trust

I have been a Greyshirt with Team Rubicon UK since October 2018 and have now completed six overseas deployments as well as a number of responses and projects in the UK.  I was fortunate enough to be selected as part of a …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Phil’s First International Operation

I had been part of the Greyshirt family for only a couple of months when I found myself on a plane to Australia. My experience with Team Rubicon UK was limited to a community project in Devon but here I …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Compassion, Empathy and Hope

I leave Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills after spending a week volunteering on Operation Hannaford, proud of the work we achieved and inspired by the teammates and residents I met. 86 homes were destroyed by the Cuddlee Creek bushfire that …

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A weekend on the Induction and Core Skills Course

Every three months the grassed area outside the Hangar (our affectionate name for our training building) transforms into a sea of tents, more reminiscent of Glastonbury than Chilmark, as up to 50 people from all walks of life start arriving …

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Take to the Skies

If you’re looking for an exhilarating, adrenaline fuelled challenge and the chance to raise money for your favourite cause, then look no further! Sign up for a skydive and support Team Rubicon UK. Choose between the 7,000 feet tandem with …

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Returning to Nepal

On the 25th April 2015 a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing nearly 9,000 people and injuring over 21,000. As people on the ground emerged from the rubble and local responders were assisting those in need, the international humanitarian community …

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Greyshirt Reflections: Bringing Hope

Over Christmas I deployed with two other Team Rubicon UK volunteer Greyshirts to fly out to support Team Rubicon Australia with the relief effort in the wake of the devastating bushfires that are ravaging large swathes of Australia.  When the …

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Greyshirt Reflections; the Australian Bushfires

Greyshirt Maria tells us about her time helping Team Rubicon Australia with their bushfire recovery effort. The blazing fires have been tearing across New South Wales, Australia for weeks causing untold damage to people, wildlife and infrastructure. Smoke settled like …

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Tenacity, selflessness and going the last mile

Our CEO Richard reflects on 2019 and the incredible impact our volunteer Greyshirts have had on those whose lives have been devastated by disaster. As I sit in front of the fire at home in Cornwall surrounded by my family, …

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On the frontline: Abaco – A journal by Lizzy Stileman

The real work began when Paul and I were joined by 10 of the other Greyshirt volunteers. We all flew to Abaco, one of the islands severely affected by Hurricane Dorian and split into 4 teams, ready to head out …

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Flooding in Wainfleet

In June, the town of Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, was hit by severe flooding which left hundreds of resident dealing with the devastating after effects. Our Greyshirt volunteers didn’t hesitate to put themselves forward to help with the clear up.

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Greyshirt Reflections: Deploying to Mozambique

Mike Kalvis is a Senior Contracts Surveyor for Wiltshire Council and one of our Greyshirts. He found out about Team Rubicon in 2017 from his local paper and decided to sign up in the hope of learning more skills and …

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Team Rubicon UK is currently working closely with the Government on planning for the nationwide COVID-19 response.

Our fantastic network of Greyshirts have once more answered the call and are poised waiting to deploy on taskings UK wide.