Call for volunteers to join Red Cross first aid team

Dave Casey and Alan Blaney from the Isle of Man Red Cross patient transport service,  first aid trainer Val Culligan and first aid coordinator Sue Plant

Dave Casey and Alan Blaney from the Isle of Man Red Cross patient transport service, first aid trainer Val Culligan and first aid coordinator Sue Plant

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Do you have what it takes to be a hero in your community?

The Isle of Man branch of the British Red Cross is seeking volunteers to be trained to offer first aid services at events across the island.

The organisation might be better known for international humanitarian work, but the busy local branch provides community first aid training, offers patient transfers and maintains a fleet of three emergency vehicles for event first aid use.

Between cultural events at the Gaiety Theatre and sporting highlights like the Parish Walk, the TT and Southern 100, their team of volunteers also provide first aid cover for hundreds of local events every year.

Event first aid service coordinator Sue Plant is calling for new recruits to boost their ranks and help them provide better cover.

She said: ‘People often think of the British Red Cross as a charity that only works overseas. They’re not always aware of the Isle of Man branch, or everything we do in the island. All of our event first aid people are fully trained volunteers who provide a very high standard of care.

‘Volunteering with us is about doing something in the Isle of Man, for the Isle of Man.’

‘Our campaign is for a new year, new start, and a resolution you can stick to - become a volunteer with British Red Cross Isle of Man.

‘We’re looking for committed people with good interpersonal skills and a good sense of teamwork.’

No prior experience is necessary as a full training programme will be provided to successful candidates. The Red Cross also recognise existing first aid qualifications.

New volunteers will take part in a four day event first aid training course, and recruits are encouraged to regularly attend weekly training sessions at the Red Cross headquarters in Braddan.

Ms Plant continued: ‘The easiest way to volunteer is to fill in the form online at the British Red Cross website. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed and once accepted, given an induction and training in basic first aid.

‘Once the mandatory first aid training is completed there are a number of options for further development.’

To apply as a volunteer, use the job search function at www.redcross.org.uk or for more information email Sue Plant at SuePlant@redcross.org.uk

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