Irish Red Cross programmes and services aim to prevent and alleviate human suffering and work with vulnerable communities who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters in Ireland and overseas. The youth section, Irish Red Cross Youth (IRCY), takes part in a wide variety of activities, programmes, and training, which are both educational and recreational. IRCY groups focus on the protection of life and health, humanitarian education, health and social care, personal development, international friendship and carry out dissemination of Red Cross Principles.