5 Year Anniversary
On 1st August 2018 Newark Community First Aid celebrated the 5th anniversary of its formation. We would like to thank all our volunteers, local councils, local businesses, funding organisations, event organisers and members of the local community who have helped us to set up and develop our charity. We had anticipated covering about 100 events per year but in the last 5 years we have covered 1,642 events. We also expected to train 200 people per year in first aid, but we have trained 5,881 people. Our membership has increased by 60% and we have invested heavily in resources. We now have 4 treatment units, a Land Rover 4x4 and cycle response units a massive range of training and front-line equipment. This has taken a great deal of time and effort by our volunteers, but we know the service is greatly appreciated and we are pleased that we have been able to save lives and relieve suffering.

March 2018 - UHF Digital Radios
We would like to thank Morrisons Foundation for granting us £1,900 towards the purchase of new UHF - Digital Radios. These radios will allow our volunteers to have better range and clarity when providing first aid at events. This will be particularly useful at events such as road running, road cycling, long distance equestrian events as well as events in built up areas. As well as support from the Morrison supermarket group we have received funding from the Southwell and District Lions and the RAOB - groups we also wish to thank. With better communication our members can attend events quicker which in some cases will enable lives to be saved.

Community Lifesaver Courses
We have started delivering our FREE Community Lifesaver courses for 2018 after our Christmas Break. We have a large number of courses booked by community groups, youth groups and charities as well as our open courses for the general public. During week commencing 22nd January our training team ran 6 courses at venues in Collingham, Winthorpe, Kirklington, Muskham, Balderton and Averham - training 108 people. Those attending ranged from 8 to 94 years of age - they are now equipped with key life saving skills. We have other courses planned please keep an eye on our website and facebook pages for details of courses. We are also running training for sports clubs - details can be obtained by contacting us through email: or by phone 01636 683202

Southwell and District Lions
We are planning to purchase a set of 12 new digital UHF radios to improve our radio communications. These sets will have better range and can provide better reception in built up areas. The cost of these sets is nearly £4,000 and we are very grateful that Southwell Lions have made a generous donation of £500. We would like to thank all of their members for their support.

Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions
In January 2018 we received a donation of £1,488:00 from the Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions Scheme. The money was raised in store at Bowbridge road in the months running up to Christmas 2017. We would like to thank the customers, management and staff of the Bowbridge Road Co-op Store for this generous donation. These funds will be put towards our present appeal to raise £30,000 to buy a replacement Mobile First Aid Unit. This will ensure we can provide warm, hygienic and private facilities at events to treat patients.

Donation from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
We are very grateful for the generous donation made by the RAOB. The presentation of a cheque for £1,000 was made by Terry Bartlam one of the brothers of the Looking Ahead Lodge of the RAOB. The cheque was presented to Philip Jessop Operations Manager of NCFA who thanked the members of the Lodge and explained about the work NCFA does locally. The funds will be used by NCFA to further develop its services in the Newark area.

November 2017
Join us for our Countdown to Christmas Coffee Morning at the Vine Community Centre on Monday 27th November 10am - 12noon. The event will feature a range of homemade cakes and savoury delights with drinks in a great festive atmosphere. A raffle on the day with great prizes and the chance to buy one of our Christmas raffle tickets. The Vine Community Centre is on Barnby gate opposite the Co-op store.

November 2017
We have 6 new members who joined in September completing their basic life support course as part of their Apprentice First Aid Training. We always need more members to meet the growing demand for our services. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.

October 2017
Thanks to the Palace Singers who organised a Coffee Morning Concert on October 17th to raise funds for our charity. Over 100 people attended Newark Town Hall Ballroom, the event was opened by the Mayor of Newark. A great concert with a mix of music and song entertained the crowd and a retiring collection raised £300 plus £110 on the raffle. We are grateful to be the Palace Singers Charity of the Year.

October 2017
Our volunteers went into 5 local schools during European Restart a Heart Week centred on 16th October. We trained 224 children how to examine a collapsed casualty and how to perform a recovery position and cardio pulmonary resuscitation including using a defibrillator. All the children had a go at these key skills and were very enthusiastic. Since the launch of our Newark Community Lifesaver campaign on August 10th we have trained 693 people.

September 2017
We held our AGM on Monday 26th September at Newark Academy. Those attending heard it had been another successful year with 368 events provided with first aid cover. We had provided 48 FREE community courses in Newark and 18 surrounding villages training 778 people a rise of 5.4%. We had also seen a rise of 75% in people attending our workplace first aid and early years first aid training. The charity had purchased a £30,000 Ambulance to support its operation in Newark. The Trustees thanked the volunteers who gave 20,916 hours of service to the public a rise of 8.6% on the previous year.