Volunteers needed to train as first aiders

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Newmarket’s St John Ambulance unit is appealing for more volunteers to be trained as first aiders.

They are needed to help the unit continue its work in the community and at events in its large catchment area.

Unit manager Paul Rayner said: “Being based in Newmarket means that we regularly work at the races, as well as supporting other events such as the town carnival in July.

“We cover a very large area and provide first aid in communities outside Newmarket.

“As there isn’t another St John Ambulance unit in the vicinity until you reach Brandon, Ely or Bury St Edmunds, these volunteer roles would be ideal for anyone living between those locations and Newmarket.’

Eleanor Liversidge, is responsible for training first aiders within the unit, which is based on the Newmarket Hospital site and said working with St John Ambulance was excellent for people thinking about becoming a healthcare professional, such as a paramedic.

New volunteers will be taught first aid and could become advanced first aiders after a period of around six months.

There will also be opportunities to learn other skills including advanced casualty management and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

The unit meets on Monday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm and it during these sessions that training will be given.

Potential volunteers do not need any experience in first aid, but will need to undergo an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

For more information about volunteering as a first aider, download the job description from the St John Ambulance website’s volunteering section, or contact Eleanor by email at elean or.liversidge@sja.org.uk or 
by calling 07976 908194, to find out more.