Appeal to young people to join St John Ambulance unit - open evening in Shortstown

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Organisers of the St John Ambulance unit in Shortstown are appealing for young people to join the unit and start training to become the next generation of life savers.

The nation’s leading first aid charity is looking to develop its Cadet and Badger groups in the town and is arranging a special open evening at Shortstown Village Hall on Tuesday, October 7 between 6pm and 9pm for the families of local youngsters who might be interested.

Cadets are aged between 10 and 17 years old and meet on a weekly basis. Youth leaders help them learn the skills needed to save a life, as well as guiding them through games and activities to work towards their Grand Prior Award, the highest accolade that can be achieved by a St John Ambulance Cadet.

Badgers are the youngest St John Ambulance volunteers, aged between five and 10, and work towards completing their Super Badger Award, which includes learning first aid as well as completing 12 subjects, ranging from Creative and Active, to Healthy and Caring.

This lively programme has been developed to enable young people to learn important life skills in a fun and safe environment.

In addition, the local unit is looking for volunteer youth leaders who can help existing and new Badgers and Cadets develop their skills. Potential volunteers do not need to have previous experience of youth work or first aid and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for all applicants.

Tim Barr, Manager of the St John Ambulance Shortstown unit, commented: ‘I’d really like to see our unit grow over the next few months with the enrolment of some new young volunteers. We are an active unit and young people who are interested in joining will have the chance to learn a whole range of different skills, including first aid, in a supportive environment. Our event on October 7 is a chance for local families to find out more about volunteering for St John Ambulance. We’re gearing up for this event and would encourage youngsters who wish to attend to bring a friend. You never know, they might also decide they want to join in!’

For more information about any of these opportunities, contact Tim on 07916 324043 or at tim.barr@sja.org.uk to arrange an informal discussion.

For more information about St John Ambulance or about first aid training, go to www.sja.org.uk or call 08700 104950.