For immediate release: Friday June 24, 2011
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Contact number: 0117 3012624 07525 128297
Volunteers and staff from the British Red Cross are organising a fun event in Stafford on Saturday 2 July to show local people what the organisation does in their area and sign up new recruits.
The free event, between 11am and 4pm, at Weston Road High School, Stafford, will feature a range of fun activities including face painting and simulated wound demonstrations, a game inspired by the TV show The Cube, and the opportunity to learn vital first aid techniques. But visitors to the Red Cross event will also be able to find out about a range of exciting volunteering opportunities in Stafford, including becoming a first aid volunteer covering public events in the region.
Red Cross volunteers help at everything from community events to stadium-sized rock concerts. When accidents happen or illnesses take hold, their knowledge can be vital in saving lives or preventing further injury.
26-year-old Lee Gauntlett, a computer programmer, is an active volunteer for the Red Cross in Stafford. Lee provides help, support and treatment to the public at a range of events such as Staffordshire Bike Show, road races, fireworks and bonfire displays and community fun days. He has helped more than 20 casualties, dealing with everything from basic dressings to helping a man who was in danger of slipping into a coma.
Lee chose the Red Cross because he was impressed by the volume and quality of training on offer but equally excited by the level of responsibility event first aiders are given once trained. He likes the variety of activities involved and believes voluntary work has improved his interpersonal skills and confidence. Lee says “Being an event first aid volunteer is much more rewarding than I ever imagined. The team in the centre is highly professional, diverse and they are all super people to be around. I have made many new friends.”
The Red Cross is also looking for new volunteers to join its fire and emergency support service (FESS). Volunteers, trained in skills such as emotional support, are called out by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to help people cope after a fire or flooding incident, providing practical help, advice and comfort.
FESS volunteers need to live within 30 minutes of Stafford fire station, in Beaconsfield, Stafford, and be on call for three 12-hour shifts per month on a rota basis.
If you only have a few hours a week to give there are other volunteering opportunities that might suit, including helping to run the Red Cross medical equipment service, based at 13/14 Parker Court, Staffordshire Technology Park, Beaconside, Stafford, ST18 0WP.
The Red Cross provides short-term loans of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, for people with a disability or illness and the service is in increasing demand so more volunteers are needed.
To find out more about the range of volunteering opportunities available in Stafford, come along to the event on July 2 or contact one of the Volunteering Team on 01785-279840. For more information, please visit redcross.org.uk
Notes to editors
Interview opportunity: Representatives from the Red Cross would like to invite journalists to the Red Cross event to find out more about our work and interview staff and volunteers. To arrange this in advance, please contact Rebecca McIlhone on 0117 3012624 or 07525 128297.
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit: www.redcross.org.uk
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