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Friends of humanity are monthly donors that support all humanitarian and reconstruction work of the Red Cross. The donations are divided equally between domestic and international projects.
Domestically, Friends of humanity support harm reduction services, civil protection services, support for refugees, the Helpline 1717 and the online chat
Internationally, Friends of humanity support the work of national societies to improve living conditions in their respective countries, emergency responses in areas affected by conflict or natural disasasters, as well as long term development cooperation in various places, including Malawi and Sierra Leone.

Friends of humanity support all projects of the Icelandic Red Cross

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One of our foundations is a diverse group of volunteers that represent the community and gives us the strength and possibility to work on our projects. We emphasize community engagement and provide volunteers with the tools and knowledge they need.

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Courses and events

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25 Jun

Sálfélagslegur stuðningur í verkefnum með flóttafólki

Þetta námskeið er undirbúningur fyrir verðandi sjálfboðaliða í verkefnum með flóttafólki og er góð þjálfun í því að veita flóttafólki sálrænan stuðning í gegnum verkefnin. Námskeiðið er kennt á íslensku

Location Efstaleiti 9, 103 Reykjavik
Time 18:00 - 21:00
Instructor Tinna Eyberg Örlygsdóttir
27 Jun

Aðstoð eftir afplánun - Seinni hluti

Námskeið fyrir þá sjálfboðaliða í verkefninu Aðstoð eftir afplánun sem lokið hafa fyrra námskeiði. Seinni hluti verður haldinn í Rauða krossinum Efstaleiti 9

Location Efstaleiti 9, 103 Reykjavík
Time 17:00 - 21:00
Instructor Jakob Smári Magnússon
15 Aug

Skyndihjálp 4 klst - Efstaleiti Reykjavík

Námskeiðið er ætlað öllum, 14 ára eða eldri sem vilja læra skyndihjálp og endurlífgun og öðlast öryggi, færni og þekkingu í að veita nærstöddum aðstoð í bráðatilfellum með því að beita einföldum aðferðum í skyndihjálp á öruggan hátt.

Location Efstaleiti 9, 103 Reykjavík
Time 17:00 - 21:00
Instructor Guðbjörn Ólsen Jónsson

What we do

People seeking international protection

The Icelandic Red Cross offers social support for people seeking international protection.

Refugees and migrants

The Icelandic Res Cross provides various services to refugees, f.ex. guiding friend, language training, recreational fund and more.

Clothing stores

We run stores all over Iceland that sell everything from high couture to linens, toys and more. Click here for locations of our stores.

Tracing services and family reunification

Icelandic Red Cross is part of the Restoring family links network and is the focal point for family reunification in Iceland. Please note that our services are open to all nationals and free of charge.

International programs

The Icelandic Red Cross is committed to providing technical input to ensure quality operations. We focus on areas where we have built expertise to provide added value and expert support to our partners.

Disaster and emergency services

Mass care centers are opened during crisis and disasters to offer shelter, food, clothing and psychosocial support.

Network after imprisonment

There are many things to keep in mind when imprisonment ends and it is important to have support when such a major change occurs. It can be good to have support and guidance. For that we have the project Network after imprisonment.

Clothing center

Icelandic Red Cross runs a clothing sorting center and has clothing containers all over. Click here for information on locations.

Psychological first aid

The Red Cross provides education in psychological support and provides psychological support after major accidents and catastrophes.

Harm reduction

The projects offer clean injection equipment, condoms and advice on safe injection methods in order to prevent bloodborne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

First aid

The Icelandic Red Cross supervises the teaching of first aid in the country. It trains instructors, supplies the material to be taught and makes sure the subject is taught by the most up to date methods.

Social isolation

The friendship projects of the Icelandic Red Cross take a variety of forms, but all have the common goal of reducing social isolation.

Our online training courses

IFRC Learning Platform

Sign up to the IFRC Learning Platform to join our humanitarian education community of practice and access our wide range of free online learning courses open to National Society staff and volunteers, partners and the public. Please note that to gain access to training courses created by the Icelandic Red Cross you must choose Iceland under the Division field. The Learning Platform is open to all.

Online training

Red Cross all over Iceland

The Icelandic Red Cross has branches all over Iceland that work according to our strategy in disaster services, with migrants, in health projects, clothing projects and more.


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Gifts for humanity

Running late for a birthday? Do you know someone who has it all but deserves the best? Give a well thought out gift.

Online Red Cross shop

Shop high couture, gift certificates, first aid producst and more.

2023 in numbers

Disaster response calls 108
No. of active volunteers 2.340
Number of people who recieved support after a serious incident 1.709
1717 conversations 23.392
Trained in first aid 8.848
Beneficiaries of Frú Ragnheiður 6.780