The work of the Red Cross (Röda Korset) is to prevent and mitigate human suffering. The goal is to protect people's life and health, create respect for the value of human life and promote peace. The organisation works all over the world, including locally in many places in Sweden. There are local Red Cross branches in most municipalities in Västra Götaland county. These run many different activities such as the venue and charity shop Kupan, language cafés, homework help and internship or mentor programmes.