We have more than one thousand active volunteers performing essential roles across three areas:
· Community first responders (CFRs) / extended community first responders (ECFRs) within our paramedic emergency service.
· Volunteer car drivers within our patient transport service (PTS).
· Panel member within our patient and public panel (PPP).
Our Chief Executive Daren Mochrie says: “It is incredibly heart-warming to see hundreds of people volunteering their time and expertise ultimately to help others and support our services.
“Community First Responders are volunteers who live and work in local communities. They are trained and activated by the trust to attend certain calls, such as chest pain or cardiac arrest, where time to respond is critical and can make the difference between life and death. Over the last year, they have given up over 120000 hours’ worth of support, an extraordinary effort.
“We have currently more than 160 active volunteer car drivers working in PTS, some of whom are working every day, clocking up thousands of miles every month helping patients to a variety of medical appointments. I know that for our regular patients, the relationship they form with their driver is very important to them.
“And despite only being active for 18 months, we have over 150 members of our PPP. The engagement we have with the public is incredibly important. In the last year and a half, these volunteers have attended dozens of meetings and discussion groups to tell us how we are performing and how we can develop better care for our patients.
“If you are a volunteer at NWAS, even if you give up just a couple of hours a week. I want to say on behalf of the service, thank you!”
More information about getting involved with NWAS as a volunteer is available by clicking here.