South Central Ambulance Charity raises funds to support South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. All the money raised by our Charity are used to fund services, projects and equipment that is not supplied by Government NHS funding. Without the money we raise people in our communities would have to wait longer for help which could affect their recovery.
The Charity works across Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as well as supporting our Patient Transport Services in Surrey and Sussex.
The charity has 3 key objectives
To provide equipment, uniform and training for our volunteer Community First Responders
All our Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers, and they come from every walk of life. What they have in common is their desire to make a difference by volunteering in life and death situations. CFRs assist the Ambulance Service by attending emergency calls in the areas where they live or work. As they are local, they can often reach a potentially life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew can get to the scene.
To build awareness of life-saving skills and defibrillators in our communities
A little bit of knowledge goes a long way towards saving a life. We want to deliver:
- Basic awareness training about public access defibrillators in every community where we have installed one.
- First aid and basic life-saving training in schools and communities.
- Access to lifesaving skills and information for everyone by making basic training available online.
The NHS does not fund the ambulance service to provide this. With your help, we can give local communities the skills they need to help themselves, and each other, in a life-threatening emergency.
To support SCAS staff with new equipment and better working environments
Our ability to provide life-saving care is increasingly dependent on our ability to make sure our staff have access to all the latest technology. The NHS funds us to make sure everyone has the basic tools they need to do their jobs. With your help, we could give our staff access to equipment to allow even better care of patients.
Can you help?
The South Central Ambulance Charity helps the local ambulance service by recruiting, training and equipping the volunteers who support the vital work the ambulance service delivers across our region.
It doesn’t matter how much or how little time you have, or how fit and able you are. We have volunteering opportunities to suit everyone – all you need is a real desire to help. Contact us for more information.