helpforce champions


South Central Ambulance Charity & South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) Community Engagement Team >have been shortlisted for a Partnership Working in Volunteering Helpforce Champions Award 2019, providing national recognition of their fantastic contribution to volunteering in the NHS. 

The awards, which take place in central London on Friday 25 October, will celebrate the exciting ways in which volunteers across the country are giving their time to benefit patients, staff, and communities. 

South Central Ambulance Charity & SCAS  have been shortlisted for the work we all do with our Community First Responders and our Co-Responders. As Community First Responders and Co-Responders, our volunteers are trained by SCAS to respond to life threatening emergencies. Ongoing training and support is given to ensure our volunteers can support people in their local community, working alongside our frontline staff. Community First Responders and Co-Responders are ambassadors in their community, demonstrating life-saving CPR skills and delivering community defibrillator awareness sessions.  And on top of all that they actively fundraise for the Charity to enable us to fund their uniform and equipment for which no NHS funding is available. Our volunteers set a bench mark in the ambulance community and co-responder world in the UK, with the recently introduced non-injury falls programme. SCAS was the first trust to send our volunteers to low acuity calls helping elderly and vulnerable patients who have fallen meaning they now spend less time on the floor waiting for help. We also send them to concern for welfares ahead of an ambulance crew to rule out an accidental alarm call etc. again ensuring we get the right resource to the patient as quickly as we can. We couldn't ask for a better partnership between our trust, our charity, our volunteers and our communities. 

By shining a light on the range of ways that volunteers are involved in the NHS, the Helpforce Champions Awards will show that dedicated volunteers can contribute to a more compassionate care system for everyone.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of Helpforce, said: 

“It is fantastic to see so many brilliant examples of innovation, great practice, commitment, and real passion for patient care and support for staff across the NHS in the UK. It is a privilege to hold these awards and celebrate volunteers across the UK.”

‘We are delighted to have been nominated for this award and to celebrate the huge contribution our volunteers make both to our operational activity, supporting emergency patient care across our communities but also for going the extra mile as fantastic ambassadors and fundraisers for our Charity.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of them for the time they freely give to volunteer for SCAS”

SCAS Charity CEO Vanessa Casey & Nic Dunbar Head of Community Engagement