st john highbridge

St John Ambulance is to hold an open day at its local headquarters in Highbridge this Saturday (March 2nd).

The event will take place from 10.30am to 2.30pm at its Bank Street car park premises when all are welcome. It comes amid a recruitment drive for new volunteers.

A spokeswoman said: “If you have been to events in and around the Highbridge area, you may well have seen St John Ambulance volunteers out and about, providing first aid cover in your community.”

“Volunteers from your local unit – based in the centre of Highbridge – have been busy attending a wide range of events from speedway to panto and from Burnham Carnival to local athletics.”

“You may even have seen our volunteers doing CPR demos at the annual Burnham Rescue Services Day, helping spread knowledge of vital first aid techniques within the community.”

She added: “If you are interested in finding out more about what we do, we are holding an open day on Saturday 2nd March at our local headquarters located within Bank Street Car Park where our adult and cadet volunteers will be demonstrating first aid skills as well as casualty simulation.”

“We are currently recruiting for our Highbridge unit so come along and talk to our friendly volunteers to find out all about it.  If you can’t make the open day, don’t worry – you can find out more and apply via our website at sja.org.uk. Applications close on 13th March.”

“No previous experience of first aid is required – just enthusiasm – as full training will be given.  Once qualified, you will be provided with a uniform and will be able go out and use your new skills at events both locally, in the wider south west and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you.”

Good quality training will be provided to new recruits and those who sign up will eventually be able to help the organisation cover local events like Speedway, Triathlons, 10K’s and other running events in Highbridge/Burnham and around Somerset as well as national events like the London marathon and Cheltenham Festival.

Damien Macdonald, the area manager for Highbridge and Burnham, added: “No previous training is required – it will all be provided – we just look for a desire to help people and the readiness to deal with situations that can be distressing.”