St John Ambulance calls for more volunteer first aiders to help save lives in Belper

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People living in and around Belper are being urged to volunteer as a St John Ambulance first aider and help be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in their local community and across the county.

The leading first aid charity is calling for people to join as volunteers and learn valuable life saving skills that could be the difference for people around them – for people at public events where they can provide first aid services as well as for friends, work colleagues and loved ones.

A number of opportunities exist for volunteer first aiders to deliver first aid in the community and at public events.

Volunteers are being sought from across Derbyshire, but in particular in the Belper, Ripley and Heanor areas. Full training and ongoing support will be provided.

Carl Makins, District Manager for St John Ambulance in Derbyshire, said: ‘As a St John Ambulance volunteer you can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. If you’re 18 or over, energetic and committed to putting the needs of others first, volunteering as a first aider with St John Ambulance might be for you. There is lots to do at the local units and we are regularly in attendance at public events ranging from local village fairs, sporting occasions and large county events such as county shows, music concerts and fairs. We’d love to hear from local people interested in joining us as a volunteer first aider.’

St John Ambulance has more than 530 adult volunteers in Derbyshire, trained and equipped to help people receive crucial first aid when they need it. In the last year alone across the East Midlands St John Ambulance volunteers provided first aid to more than 5,000 people at public events.

St John Ambulance units meet weekly in various locations across Derbyshire including the Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Ripley, Heanor, Bolsover, Ilkeston, Matlock, Belper, Ashbourne, Hope and Buxton areas.

For more information on volunteering with St John Ambulance, and to find out about open evenings to be held in the area soon, visit, email or call 08700 10 49 50.