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St John Ambulance looking for lifesavers in Waveney

PUBLISHED: 11:10 11 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:10 11 March 2019

St John Ambulance is looking for volunteers in Lowestoft and Bungay. Picture: St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance is looking for volunteers in Lowestoft and Bungay. Picture: St John Ambulance

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St John Ambulance has launched a major recruitment drive as it looks to find volunteers in the Waveney area.

The service will be actively looking to recruit new volunteers over the next couple of months, with the deadline for applications set as Sunday, April 21.

In Waveney, specific opportunities exist for people to become adult first aiders in both Lowestoft and Bungay.

The charity also has volunteer units in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Framlingham, Sudbury, Brandon, Newmarket, Haverhill, Felixstowe, Saxmundham and Stowmarket.

Organisers are asking willing volunteers to step forward in order to be considered for induction events in May and June, where they will learn how to make a difference when it comes to saving a life.

Paul Greenwood, St John Ambulance’s new volunteer lead for the district, including Waveney, said: “We’re looking forward to a busy year in Suffolk in 2019 and want to make sure that we have plenty of new volunteers around the county so that we can grow our presence in local communities and continue with our life-saving mission.

“The induction events in May and June will act as a starting point for new recruits and I’d encourage anyone interested in joining us and learning first aid to check on our website for specific details and to start their application process now.

“Our units around the county are looking forward to welcoming new volunteers over the next few months.”

Those who volunteer will receive training in first aid and, once completed successfully, they will get the chance to take their newly-acquired skills to public gatherings in their local area.

Training will take place at a weekly meeting which falls on a specific day depending on the unit at which volunteers are based.

All volunteers are asked to offer a minimum of 60 hours per annum and all applicants will need to pass an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information about volunteering at one of the Suffolk units, please email Mr Greenwood via paul.greenwood@sja.org.uk for an informal chat or contact east-volunteering@sja.org.uk to register your interest.

Visit the St John Ambulance website to apply or to find out more about volunteering with the charity.

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