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Develop your skills in first aid, communication and team work whilst helping to keep people safe

First Aid / Emergency help volunteers needed for British Red Cross – Thames Valley Area

If you want to help us keep people safe at events, we would love to have you on our team.

As an event first aider, you’ll provide first aid care to people injured at public events. This role can see you at sporting events, challenge events, flower shows and festivals, to name but a few.

You don’t need any previous first aid experience to become a first aider – we will give you all the training you need.

What you’ll get back from volunteering:

If you’re looking to develop your skills in first aid, communication and team work, this is the role for you. You’ll have the chance to volunteer alongside a great variety of friendly and sociable people, whilst becoming part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

We’re looking for someone who is:

Willing to undertake the 6-day training course, run at weekends. Training locations can be found here.
Willing to take part in weekly first aid training.
Willing to undertake 1 or 2 events per month, which would typically be a full day at a weekend.
Physically able to undertake first aid, including administering a minimum of 3 minutes of CPR.
Understanding of the needs of service users of different ages, differing physical needs and varying backgrounds.
Willing to uphold the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and adhere to the British Red Cross Equal Opportunities Policy.
Aged 16 or over. Parental consent, risk assessment and safeguarding apply to those aged under 18.

Tasks included in this role:

Providing first-aid care in line with current protocols and Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards
Helping other members of the team set up and dismantle first aid posts.
Completing all paperwork associated with first aid delivery.
Using communications equipment, if required, in accordance with British Red Cross guidelines, and keeping appropriate records of use.
This role requires an enhanced criminal record check (DBS/PVG).

Contact person firstname
Ben Weatherburn , Engagement & Development Manager
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07718 242801

Location description
Events Across Reading and opportunities beyond
Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Availability required
All of these times
Additional timing details
Volunteers expected to attend regular team meetings. Events are available choose events to volunteer throughout the year (mainly on weekends)
Task type?
First Aid / Emergency help
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedDecisiveSociableWants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outsideEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Training description
6 Days of free accredited training. 20 hours of continual professional development
Is support given?
Description of support
Volunteer Line Managers and Team Leaders. Volunteer support line.
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel and food expenses on events
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
18 December 2018