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YAS Celebrates National Volunteers’ Week

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is celebrating National Volunteers’ Week from Monday 1 June to Sunday 7 June 2015 to say a big thank you to all its volunteers across the patch.

The Trust is extremely grateful to members of the public from all walks of life, who come forward and give their time for free to help people in their local communities. This can be as a Community First Responder (CFR) or a Volunteer Car Driver.

The Trust has over 1,000 CFRs who respond from their home address or place of work to provide basic life support including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation and oxygen therapy and are equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED), oxygen and a first aid kit. Our Volunteer Car Drivers help patients reach their vital hospital and treatment centre appointments.

Jo Halliwell, Associate Director of the Patient Transport Service at YAS, commented: “Our Volunteer Car Service drivers offer a valuable service to the Trust, supporting the wider work of our non-emergency Patient Transport Service and helping eligible patients to get to and from essential medical appointments.

“The scheme offers the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, face new challenges and gain experience volunteering in the NHS. Many of our volunteers have made lifelong friends through their work at the Trust and list meeting new people and doing something worthwhile to help others as some of the key benefits of getting involved.”

To join the Trust’s Volunteer Car Service, you need to be aged 18 or over, hold a valid, full UK driving licence with no more than three penalty points, have access to a car with a minimum of four doors, be happy to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and have an occupational health screening.”

Full training is provided and volunteers are reimbursed for the cost of miles covered under the scheme.

Jo Halliwell added: “Our volunteers covered over 1.2 million miles last year, mainly in Yorkshire and the Humber but also including a handful of trips to Exeter, London, Guildford and Scotland – a truly amazing result and something that is greatly appreciated by both the Trust and our patients.

“We currently have over 130 active volunteers, with 46 progressing through the recruitment process. We hope to continue to grow this number throughout 2015-16 so that we can extend the service to more patients who need help in getting around. We’d love to hear from anyone interested in joining the scheme and making a real difference to the lives of patients in Yorkshire and the Humber.”

For more information on joining the Volunteer Car Service, visit http://www.yas.nhs.uk/Volunteering or contact the team on 01924 584019 / PTSvolunteers@yas.nhs.uk

For more information about becoming a Community First Responder phone 0845 120 3155 or email responders@yas.nhs.uk

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, the Trust’s volunteering team will be out and about across Yorkshire and the Humber with the community and commercial education ambulance, speaking to local residents about what we do, the services we offer, public health messages and our Foundation Trust aspirations. There is a full list of event locations including, Wakefield, Barnsley and Scarborough Town Centres  http://www.yas.nhs.uk/foundationtrust/g_Foundation_Trust_Public_M.html


Produced By: Corporate Communications Department