British Red Cross volunteers fully trained in advanced first aid are ready to help at any occasion across the UK, from a community event to a stadium-sized rock concert. When accidents happen or illnesses take hold, their knowledge can be vital in saving lives or preventing further injury.
The role typically involves:
- Helping other members of the team set up and dismantle first aid posts.
- Providing first-aid care in line with current protocols and Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.
- Completing all paperwork associated with first aid delivery.
- Using communication equipment, if required, in accordance with the radio licence and British Red Cross guidelines and keeping appropriate records of use.
Potential volunteers are encouraged to initially 'meet the team' on a Monday evening for a taster session or two before being required to complete application forms or undertake the comprehensive training in order to get a feel for the role and see if it's for them.....
You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills although full training can be given for any technical requirements. We keep the beneficiary at the heart of what we do, working to understand their needs and the difference we make.
Also someone who is:
- In possession of, or be willing to work towards, a recognised first aid qualification, or listed exemption, as laid down by the British Red Cross
- Understanding of the needs of service users of different ages, differing physical needs and varying background.
- Willing to regularly attend first aid group training and first aid events.
- Physically fit to undertake all of the procedures as detailed in the current edition of the first aid manual and in line with British Red Cross policy.
- Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhering to the Society’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
Six initial days of training which are fairly flexible in order to fit around a volunteer's lifestyle. The sessions/locations are planned locally and take place at weekends. Expenses to cover training are covered.
- Age restrictions
16+ - Parental consent, risk assessment and safeguarding apply to those aged under 18.
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Whilst on duty.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
Six days of initial training which takes place at the weekends. 9am-5pm - these can be spaced apart over a period of a month or so.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Ideally available for sessions every Monday evening 8-10pm for ongoing training/development Required to cover 1-2 events each month (typically one full day at the weekend)
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