A SERIES of development workshops is on track for the 15 branches of the Fiji Red Cross Society following its inaugural workshop in Tavua last week.
Yesterday, the workshop was held at the society's Lautoka branch where director general Filipe Nainoca was present.
In an interview, Mr Nainoca said one of the main purposes of the workshop was to train their volunteers.
"We want the volunteers to know more about who we are and what it means to be a volunteer of the Red Cross," he said.
One of the major focus of these branch development workshops would be how each branch could offer services to the community through the volunteers.
"We want to help them get low cost branch activities where volunteers can be involved in activities like cleaning of drains, helping the underprivileged and so forth," Mr Nainoca said.
"These volunteers can also help by identifying which people are the most vulnerable in society and how they can reach out to these people and offer them help."
Mr Nainoca said this was a time when natural disasters were bound to happen brought on by climate change but when there was no disaster, the volunteers should be involved with community projects.
"That is why we need to keep our volunteers trained and ready."
He said there could be between 200 and 400 volunteers at all the 15 branches throughout the country but more were always welcomed.