Volunteer Roles – Event first aiders
St Andrew’s First Aid – Providing cover for the 2018 European Championships
We are pleased to announce that St Andrew’s First Aid has just been awarded the contract to provide first aid cover for spectators at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.
Being an event first aider with St Andrew’s First Aid
We are currently recruiting throughout Scotland for enthusiastic volunteers to train as first aiders, helping to keep the public safe at some of Scotland’s most high profile events, from the Scottish Professional Football League and other sporting venues, to concerts, fun runs and local community activities.
We are especially keen to hear from:
- People looking to be a regular volunteer at home matches in the Scottish Professional Football League, in particular for Celtic FC, Dundee FC, Dundee Utd FC , Hibernian FC and Rangers FC
- People who live in the Aberdeen area and would like to volunteer at events in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
- People who live in the Fife area to attend events from football and the Crail Raceway, to local community galas
As part of the team, you will be required to provide a high level of first aid cover to the general public at local and community events and where appropriate work within the guidelines of the Command and Control structure of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
On occasion you may also be asked to provide first aid cover at national events across Scotland. This can involve working alongside other first aid and public service providers.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Representing St Andrews First Aid in a professional manner at public events
- Undertaking training and development to gain the skills required for the role of volunteer first aider
- Working as part of a team in delivering first aid cover at public events
- Responding to the first aid needs of the general public
- Respecting confidentiality of individuals receiving treatment at all times
- Identifying and treating injuries presented to you
- Knowing your first aid limitations and summon assistance when needed
- Following St Andrews First Aid protocols and procedures
- Responsibility for St Andrews First Aid equipment during duties
- Assisting with setting up and taking down first aid posts and stalls at events
To support you in the role, we offer:
- Certified first aid training, guidance and support
- An opportunity to feedback about your activities
- Recognition of the role that you are carrying out for St Andrew’s First Aid
- Equipment and uniform required to carry out the role
- Out of pocket expenses for costs incurred during your volunteering
Being a first aider with one of Scotland’s most historic charities can be a rewarding experience. We make a significant investment in your training, uniform and equipment: it costs us around £2,000 for each new recruit.
To make this economic, we generally expect that once trained, our volunteers will give on average 50 to 60 hours of their time each year, although many provide much more, and we always recognise that individual circumstances may change. If this is too big a commitment for you, we understand.
Likewise, we do have to point out that the training provided for this role does not qualify you to be a first aider in your workplace. Our training company provides a range of Health and Safety Executive approved courses to meet your needs.
Many of our volunteers have gone on to careers in the NHS and emergency services, and if this interests you, then volunteering at events can be a great way to start. Unfortunately, we have had a number of enquiries from people who are simply ‘box ticking’ for a job application. We can and do supply references for our volunteers to our partners in the Scottish Ambulance Service and elsewhere!
How to apply
If you would like to join the St Andrew’s First Aid team, you can complete an application form online.
Once we have your completed form, we will be in touch within two weeks to introduce you to your local group, and to arrange an interview with you to discuss your application. This should take place no later than six weeks from the date of your application (remembering that the process relies on the commitment of our volunteer leaders).
The next round of training courses for event first aiders begins in March 2018. The course lasts for 4 x 6 hour sessions and is generally delivered over either two full weekends or four weekends. Timetables and locations will be confirmed in the New Year, but depend on both the volume of applications in a particular area, and on our priority vacancies. In addition to your initial training, you will be expected to meet with other volunteers at regular training sessions throughout the year, so as to keep your first aid qualification up to date.
Although we are happy to receive applications at any time, in order to be sure of a place in March, we ask that you submit your application no later than 12.00 noon, 21 February 2018.
Thereafter, we may have to add you to a waiting list and possibly defer your application until the next round of training later in the year.