Supervisors are needed for young ambulance group

IN TRAINING St John Ambulance 'badgers' learn lifesaving skills

IN TRAINING St John Ambulance 'badgers' learn lifesaving skills

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VOLUNTEERS are wanted to join a St John Ambulance group to supervise children.

The Havant branch of St John has appealed for volunteer youth leaders for its ‘badger sett’, a group of five to 10-year-olds learning life skills.

St John area manager Jenny Quibell said a small commitment would mean a lot to the 12 young volunteers who regularly attended the group.

Ms Quibell said: ‘We are not asking people to give huge amounts of their time, just one evening a week can make so much of a difference.

‘Potential volunteers don’t need to have previous experience of youth work or first aid as full training is given.’

Ms Quibell said training would be provided to any potential volunteers.

She said she encouraged anyone interested to get in touch to find out more.

Ms Quibell said: ‘Anyone interested in volunteering should be prepared to give a minimum of two hours a week.

‘All training, including a first aid qualification, essential skills for youth work and safeguarding children, will be provided by St John Ambulance.

‘The role may be suitable for someone who is seeking a career in youth work.’

A badge and certificate are awarded for each completed subject.

All members have a record of what they have achieved in their ‘badger passport’.

They also learn first aid at a young age and how to save lives.

Badgers can choose from 15 subjects to help complete their overall ‘super badger’ award.

Some of the badges the childen can work toward include ‘adventure badger’, ‘badger first aider’ and ‘wild badger’.

At the weekly meetings, badgers take part in activities to help complete each subject.

Badger first aiders can learn how to put someone in the recovery position, while creative badgers can try out printing and designing. Adventurous badgers can learn how to use a compass.

For more information visit sja.org.uk/sja/young-people/badgers-ages-7-10.aspx or call 08700 104950.

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