10:53 Thursday 05 December 2013

Ambulance charity in plea for volunteers

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

AN urgent appeal has been launched to find volunteers to help train potential life-savers of the future.

St John Ambulance is in ‘desperate need’ of volunteers willing to help support its teenage cadets at its base in Burton.

While the organisation is not short of hopeful youngsters who are looking to become the region’s next paramedics and ambulance staff, there is a need to find more adults willing to become youth leaders to help the cadets towards their goals.

Youth leaders will be tasked with delivering training courses and helping the cadets, who are aged between 11 and 18, develop their skills.

Anyone over the 18 can apply for the roles, with no previous first-aid experience necessary as full training is offered as part of the role.

People interested in gaining experience working in the community or with young people are being encouraged to come forward.

There are nearly 1,500 teenage cadets across the West Midlands at present, as well as 777 badgers, who are aged between five and 10.

Burton’s cadets meet weekly to hone their skills at the town’s headquarters in Millers Lane.

The youngsters work towards first-aid and other qualifications as well as taking part in social activities.

Carolyn Zivoder, regional co-ordinator for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands, said the role being advertised plays an important part in developing ambulance staff of the future.

She said: “Youth leaders play a crucial part in the development of our younger volunteers by broadening their horizons and helping them to realise their potential.

“Learning first aid improves self-esteem, develops confidence and fosters a sense of belonging and service in young people.

“Becoming an adult leader will help support our young volunteers and provide more people with the life saving skills they need to be the difference between life and death.”

Anyone interested in applying for a vacancy should call Carolyn Zivoder on 0121 236 6660 or email carolyn.zivoder@sja.org.uk.

More information about the roles is available at www.sja.org.uk

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