Thousands of people across London, including those who live in Wandsworth and around the Magdalen Estate area, are involved in volunteering; giving up their free time for the benefit of others, to gain new skills and make life-long friends whilst doing so.
For those still looking to get started in helping out in their local community, London Ambulance Service is currently on the hunt for new Community First Responder (CFR) recruits, to be trained in a variety of first aid skills and procedures, and to have the opportunity to work alongside the LAS and the St John’s Ambulance.
John Newman, St John’s Ambulance Community Response Lead explained to the Wandsworth Guardian, “This is a great opportunity for community-minded people to make a difference by learning how to save lives.”
Those who have already signed up for the scheme have spoken about how they now feel confident administering first aid in an emergency situation, and just one shift a week has opened their eyes to how vital this sort of work is; responding to those with breathing difficulties or experiencing chest pain, diabetic emergency and seizure patients really takes the strain off the Ambulance Service and helps one feel like they’re making a difference.
If you do some great volunteering around the Magdalen Estate area, please do let us know and we can give you and your good work a mention in our blog. Anyone who is interested in finding our more about the CFR post can contact Marian Thompson at St John Ambulance on 020 7258 7025, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/acr .Google+