St John base is up for sale, but work will continue

St John Ambulance Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard

St John Ambulance Vandyke Road, Leighton Buzzard

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St John Ambulance is searching for keen, dedicated individuals in and around Leighton Linslade to lead its life saving voluntary work in the town.

The Leighton Linslade Units need volunteers aged over 18 to become unit managers for the badgers, cadets and adult groups.

The positions would involve taking responsibility for the overall management of the units, strengthening their presence in the community, and helping to equip more people locally with life saving skills. The adults, cadets and badgers all meet weekly for around two hours.

“Many volunteers say being part of St John Ambulance has changed their life – it’s a way to develop your own interests, learn new skills, meet new people and visit new places, as well as putting something back into the community,” said area manager Lee Grover.

“No previous experience is required as full training is provided. We just look for people who have a desire to help others and the readiness to get involved and support the work of our volunteers in the local community.

“For the cadets and badgers, who are aged from five to 17 years old, unit managers play a crucial part in their development,” added Lee. “They help to broaden their horizons and to realise their potential.

“Learning first aid improves self-esteem, develops confidence and fosters a sense of belonging and service in young people.”

Cadets and badgers work towards first aid and other qualifications as well as social activities.

Again, no previous first aid experience is required as full training is given. These roles would suit someone looking for experience working with young people or in a community setting and they would ideally have some experience of developing teams.

The appeal for unit managers comes following a review of the charity’s base in Vandyke Road.

A decision has been made to sell the building in 2015. However, St John Ambulance says it remains fully committed to continuing its first aid presence in and around the area and new hired premises will be sought to accommodate the St John Ambulance units.

For more information, call 0303 003 0101 and choose option 4, or email south-east-volunteering@sja.org.uk

For more information about St John Ambulance go to www.sja.org.uk