As part of a campaign to recruit volunteers, North Hampshire St John Ambulance are hosting two free demonstrations, the first of which is on Saturday 16th March.
You can meet the team and learn some skills between 10am – 4pm at The Malls where the event includes: first aid demonstrations in life saving skills such as CPR by the adult and cadet volunteers, ambulance tours and a visit from the charity’s youth mascot ‘Bertie the Badger’.
The first aid charity is keen to recruit local people (aged 18 or over) as volunteer first aiders and youth leaders or helpers.
Parents are welcome to bring their children along to explore the exciting Cadet and Badger programmes run by St John Ambulance.
Josh Hensman, Basingstoke Unit Manager, said: “We’re really keen to expand our friendly team, to enable us to get out and about to more events in our local area and to expand our youth groups, too. Volunteering with St John Ambulance is very rewarding and teaches you amazing lifesaving skills which could help you save a loved one, a friend or a stranger. Having more people trained in first aid in our local community is a positive step towards boosting community resilience and creating more life savers who live and work in the area.”
He continued: “As a St John Ambulance volunteer you can be called upon to support the NHS when there’s heavy snow, or help at a rest centre during a critical incident. It’s extremely varied and you really can make a difference by getting involved.”
St John Ambulance volunteers provide first aid at many local events, such as carnivals and concerts, and there are also opportunities to attend national events including the Virgin Money London Marathon.
The first aid charity also offers opportunities in its youth teams with roles for adult volunteers to help with its local groups, enabling it to create more places for Badgers aged seven to 10 and Cadets aged 11 to 17.
No previous experience is required as full training will be given free of charge, and volunteering is flexible, so people can give time in a way that suits them.
By talking to the existing team, potential volunteers can find out more and decide which role, from the many available, would suit them best.
Successful candidates must be able to attend a welcome event at a later date and will need to attend a series of training sessions in the following weeks.
Anyone interested in applying for a role as a volunteer first aider visit www.sja.org.uk and click on ‘volunteer’ and search for Hampshire. Alternatively, please call Josh Hensman on 07788 567 108 or email Joshua.Hensman@sja.org.uk for further information.
The second event will be an Open Day on 27 April at 10am – 5pm in Devonshire Business Park, Houndmills.