Volunteer Roles – Event first aiders

Being an event first aider with St Andrew’s First Aid

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for enthusiastic volunteers to train as first aiders throughout Scotland, helping to keep the public safe at some of the country’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.

Role description

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

Further information

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 and further development.

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!

What we look for from our First Aid volunteers

  • Enthusiasm
  • A willingness to learn and share new skills
  • Effective communication and teamwork skills
  • Reliability
  • A professional manner and appearance whilst on duty

How to get involved

If you would like to join the St Andrew’s First Aid, complete our volunteer enquiry form now.