Organisers of St John Ambulance’s Worksop unit are appealing for local people, to step forward and become a volunteer with the nation’s leading first aid charity. There are opportunities to enrol as an adult first aider or a cadet.
Adult first aiders go on duty at events and deliver life-saving first aid to people who need assistance. Events can range from local gatherings through to major sports matches in the local area. Adults who join St John Ambulance with no first aid experience can expect to reach a reasonable level of proficiency after six to nine months.
Cadets are St John Ambulance’s volunteers, aged between 10 and 17 years old. Youth leaders help them learn the skills needed to save a life, as well as guiding them through games and activities to work towards their Grand Prior Award, the highest accolade that can be achieved by a St John Ambulance Cadet. Cadets have a variety of ways to develop other life skills within the unit and could choose to learn how to be a Cadet Leader or a Peer Educator, giving them the skills to teach first aid to other young people in the community.
No prior first aid or volunteering experience is required for any of these roles as all necessary training will be given at a weekly meeting. All potential adult volunteers will need to pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Philip Moon, Manager of St John Ambulance’s Worksop Unit, said: “We’re an active unit with around 20 adult and younger volunteers and are keen to recruit more of both age group. Volunteering with St John Ambulance is a wonderful way to give something back to the local community and to meet new friends.
“Many of our cadets around the country enjoy the experience so much that they stay on as adult first aiders when they turn 18. In addition, many adults commit to volunteering with us for years and can give from 100 to 1,000 hours of service each year. We’re looking forward to welcoming new cadets and adults to the Worksop unit and to helping them embark on their volunteering journey.”
The cadet and adult groups both meet on Wednesdays at Bassetlaw Community and Volunteering Service next to the Priory Church. Cadets meet between 5.00pm and 7.15pm and adults between 7.30pm and 9.00pm.
If you are interested these roles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about St John Ambulance, visit www.sja.org.uk.