7 January 2010
BRCVolunteers are braving the snow and ice to provide extra support for vulnerable people across the county as more cold weather hits the Nottinghamshire area. Eight volunteers and members of staff have been supporting the East Midlands Ambulance Service with Red Cross 4x4 ambulances. According to Sue Thompson, senior services manager in Nottingham: “Our dedicated volunteers responded without hesitation despite the hazardous and cold conditions and are out helping vulnerable people during this spell of bad weather.”
Volunteers are supporting carers in the area, transporting them by 4x4 vehicles to vulnerable people who need support. The carers are involved with the Red Cross crisis intervention community support service (CICSS), which supports GP practices and community practitioners throughout north east Nottingham.. The twelve-month pilot scheme was launched last summer.
Helping vulnerable people at home
The CICSS service includes a telephone number specifically set up for GP practices and community practitioners to offer patients support in their homes in times of need. It has already delivered immediate benefits in supporting vulnerable people and has contributed to a significant reduction in hospital admissions. The service is part of the Nottingham North and East Practice Based Commissioning (PBC) Consortium.
Across the North, the Red Cross has mounted a concerted response supporting ambulance services. Teams are also active throughout Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Find out more about the Red Cross emergency response service and volunteering.