St John Ambulance’s mascot Bertie Badger is hitting the road and heading for Telford.
Along with a team of human volunteers, Bertie is touring the midlands during the school holidays, raising awareness of St John’s work, teaching first aid skills and finding new recruits.
The charity will be in the Telford Southwater Square between 9.30am to 6.30pm on Thursday 25th April.
St John Ambulance is currently expanding its youth team with rewarding opportunities for adult volunteers.
Youth development officer Carolyn Bowers said: “By joining our youth team, you’ll be helping create a safe, inclusive, open environment where young people can learn important life skills, including first aid.
“It’s a team that empowers children and teenagers to care for others in their communities, enjoy a wide variety of new experiences, make new friends and reach their full potential.”
Additional youth leaders will create more places in the organisation’s Badger and Cadet groups for volunteers aged seven to 10, and 11 to 17, respectively.
You can find out more about opportunities for volunteering with young people at St John Ambulance’s, including details of how to apply for a role at:www.sja.org.uk/youthroles
The charity’s expansion of its work with young people across England is thanks to a £560k grant from the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) distributed via the Youth United Foundation (YUF).
St John Ambulance’s Director of Youth and Volunteering, Mark Farmer said: “We’re delighted to be able to make this significant investment in the future of our charity and the health of our nation.
“Many of the young people we work with progress to voluntary roles with St John Ambulance as adults, or find work as key members of vital health and care teams up and down the country, including the NHS.
“They often do both but, in every case these amazing young people make a real difference to the communities they serve.
“I hope that we find some inspiring new volunteers in Telford to help them fulfil their potential, as well as developing their own skills as part of our brilliant youth team.”