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Do you want to play your part and build confidence in your local community by sharing first aid skills? Are you looking for a flexible volunteering opportunity? Then join our team of Community Advocates and together we will build confident, more health resilient communities.

What? Community Advocates deliver first aid information sessions with the principle aims of providing skills, challenging myths, and growing participants’ confidence. Free community sessions can be delivered virtually or in person (adhering to social distancing guidance).

Where? Community Advocates have held sessions in community centres, sports halls, youth group buildings, and faith meeting places. Sessions are informal, there are no requirements of prior learning or literacy, and do not contain any assessments or practical elements, so it is fully inclusive for all.

Value? Community Advocates develop knowledge and skills in first aid, confidence in presenting and speaking, networking with local groups, and increasing their awareness of local health related issues. The community have an increased awareness of the health care services available, enabling people to become proactive health citizens, improving the health outcomes of themselves and their family. By using the right service, NHS can easier meet patient needs and ensure the most urgent cases are treated as priority.

Impact? The positive impact for communities has been proven, participant feedback confirms a greater understanding of first aid, increased ability to recognise and respond to every day first aid needs, and significantly improved confidence to react in an emergency.

Your role is to raise awareness of the importance of first aid, increase confidence by addressing misconceptions and myths, so people feel competent to recognise and respond appropriately to situations they may come across.

You’ll be sharing information and resources to the public and delivering sessions to community groups, you may know or discover, local to you.

Advocates may have the option to attend their local St John volunteer unit. This is a great opportunity to gain more skills, grow wider topic knowledge and confidence, meet other volunteers, and attend community events.

A Community Advocate is a fantastic local, flexible volunteer opportunity, providing your community with first aid knowledge and confidence to act. Community Advocate sessions are a great way to ensure local groups, clubs and organisations have access to short informal sessions, where they will receive up to date first aid information, discuss and challenge myths, and feel confident they could recognise and respond to an emergency.

St John Ambulance is inclusive, and we are keen to ensure all Community Advocates are welcomed, supported, and feel valued. Our volunteers will reflect the diversity in our society, celebrating lived experience and growing our knowledge.

To engage and respond to the needs of local people, we need volunteers who understand the communities they will meet.


What you would be involved in (responsibilities):

  • Raise awareness of the importance of first aid skills through engagement with targeted communities (e.g. adult support groups, places of worship groups, community centre groups). 
  • Provide first aid information to local community groups and associations through 1-hour awareness sessions.
  • Distribute promotional materials to promote St John Ambulance and advocacy.

 

What you would be accountable for:

  • Be prepared to volunteer in a variety of community groups and reach out to groups to plan sessions.
  • We ask you to honour the commitments to volunteer and deliver sessions as agreed with the community.
  • Enquiries from a centralised system may be sent to you, if you are available to deliver them.

 

What you will influence:

  • A friendly St John face in your local community.
  • Sharing of first aid skills in your area.

 

The training and support we will provide for you is as follows:

  • Welcome programme introducing you to the project & wider charity.
  • Training in appropriate SJA policies.
  • St John Safeguarding training relevant to your role.
  • Online, classroom and on-the-job training as a Community Advocate.
  • Out of pocket expenses.

SJA will provide uniform in this role.


This is the link to apply to volunteer at St John Ambulance https://www.sja.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-roles/

Please note that we have recently changed our application process. Applicants now join St John Ambulance as a general volunteer, rather than applying for a specific role. You will first meet your local unit and thereafter you can apply for a specific role. Please see more information here https://www.sja.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/becoming-a-volunteer/

 

 

Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  • Ability to motivate, inspire and support others
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of people
  • Enthusiasm for the work of St John Ambulance and the ability to model our values
  • Ability to work proactively and on own initiative, often alone
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to volunteer flexibly and across geographically dispersed locations
  • Strong listening, compassion and empathy skills (desirable)
  • Strong planning and organisational skills (desirable)
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office applications (desirable)


Details

  • Accessibility
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    We reimburse any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Our volunteers take on a lot of responsibility. That’s why we’ll support you every step of the way. We do this in a number of ways, such as: • providing you with all the training you need to excel in your role • opportunities to progress and develop as a volunteer with yearly development reviews • making sure you have local support and a point of contact • access to our intranet (Connect) which has plenty of resources to help you in your role and help you connect with a network of volunteers across the country • reimburse any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses • the opportunity to express your views and contribute your ideas about how St John Ambulance can improve • and much more!
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
    St John Ambulance will provide all the training and support you need to inspire others to gain first aid skills. No previous experience, certification, or training in first aid is required. This is a non – clinical volunteer role, so you will not be treating patients or physically need to demonstrate first aid techniques. . First Aid Training: Community First Aid for all ages (including AED). Online modules covering all topics part of the community sessions. Opportunity to learn and show CPR skills with an accredited St John Ambulance Trainer. (Certificate valid 3 years). . Volunteer Induction and Community Advocate Training: St John Ambulance new volunteer welcome presentation will give you insight into the organisation, its history and current opportunities and activity. Community Advocate training is an online session, delivered by the Community Engagement Team, giving an overview of the session content, first aid resources, processes, skills development, and support.
  • Volunteer induction
    Our volunteers take on a lot of responsibility. That’s why we’ll support you every step of the way. We do this in a number of ways, such as: • providing you with all the training you need to excel in your role • opportunities to progress and develop as a volunteer with yearly development reviews • making sure you have local support and a point of contact • access to our intranet (Connect) which has plenty of resources to help you in your role and help you connect with a network of volunteers across the country • reimburse any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses • the opportunity to express your views and contribute your ideas about how St John Ambulance can improve • and much more!
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

We ask for Community Advocates ideally to commit to at least two sessions per month. This is a flexible volunteering role. You will give the time which suits your lifestyle, work, family, and other commitments. We know each session makes a positive difference to an individual, family and community. Growing the numbers of Community Advocate volunteers across the country, together we will create a wave of first aid confidence.


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