To mark the launch of Volunteers’ Week 2012 our spotlight is on St Andrew’s First Aid Volunteer Allan Barton
Allan Barton is one of our most valued volunteers within St Andrew’s First Aid and as Friday 1st June marks the start of Volunteers’ Week, today we would like to say a huge thank you for his work and dedication in support of our charity.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event on 1-7 June, which celebrates the fantastic contributions that millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, whilst inspiring others to get involved too. Throughout the week we will champion some of our most valued volunteers.
Allan has been a volunteer with St Andrew’s First Aid for around 6 years. After participating in a Health & Safety Course which he enjoyed immensely he decided to join our St Cuthbert’s Company and volunteer his time. Since then Allan has become one of our most valued members helping at various events, often coming in at the eleventh hour, and has done some wonderful work helping to organise and move equipment to venues for larger events such as the marathon and the tattoo.
Currently Deputy Commandant and Duty Secretary for St Cuthbert’s, Allan particularly enjoys getting out in the community, meeting people and hearing their stories. He says: “You are always meeting different people from all walks of life and always learning something new. One of my most memorable occasions so far has to be my first ever Highland Show. It was fascinating to learn how such a big event was organised and although it was a bit scary and a little eventful at times I found it amazing how it all came together in the end. I still love to attend this event.”
On a personal level Allan loves his two cats which he rescued and enjoys his work as Peer Support Worker where he is on the committee and is the treasurer. Oh and one other thing he supports the Hibs (oh dear) well he says someone has to!