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British Red Cross supports schools after Manchester attack

A British Red Cross resource is available to teachers to help pupils come to terms with the Manchester Arena bombing

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 30, 2017 | People, policy, politics

The British Red Cross has launched a free educational resource for teachers to help young people come to terms with the bombing at the Manchester Arena last week. 

Newsthink: Manchester attack will be sent to secondary schools and is designed to help pupils aged 11-19 share their feelings about the attack, consider how to respond in a crisis, and explore the needs of young people caught up in a similar incident.

British Red Cross staff and volunteers have been providing practical and emotional support to people affected by the attack.

The We love Manchester Emergency Fund, launched by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross, has so far raised over £3 million to support people affected by the attack.

Mike Adamson, chief executive at the British Red Cross said: “The people of Manchester have suffered a terrible tragedy and crises like this can be understandably difficult to explain and understand, particularly for children. We hope this resource will help teachers to help young people to talk about this tragic event and think about how we can respond to events like these with acts of humanity.”

Using real life examples, the British Red Cross teaching resource provides a unique perspective on how individuals and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from similar attacks.

The resource will help pupils:

•               Share their feelings about the attack

•               Consider how to respond in a crisis

•               Explore the practical and emotional needs of people caught up in the incident

•               Gain insight into the role of the Red Cross in emergency response and recovery

Teachers can download the resource on the British Red Cross website.

To donate to the appeal go to or call 0300 456 4999.

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