We welcome applications from people over the age of 16 who wish to become volunteers with Newark Community First Aid. Volunteering offers you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends, help those in need, help your own community and have fun.

You do not need to have any experience of first aid as we will provide your training. Those who have existing valid qualifications may be able to use them and move through the training process more quickly. We will though assess all candidates at stages to ensure that we continue to meet our own high standards.

To start the process of joining you will need to fill in our volunteer enquiry form, which can be downloaded from this page, it can then be emailed or posted to us. We will then send you a Joining Application Form, Medical Declaration Form and a Nottinghamshire County Council Form to allow us to obtain an enhanced disclosure of any criminal records you may have had. The criminal record check is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service and before we finalise the form we will ask you to attend an interview. During the interview we can explain about our organisation and you can ask questions, if by the end of the interview you have decided you would like to join we will need to see some evidence to prove your identity - details of which will be sent to you.

Once the joining administration has been completed you will be able to attend our weekly training sessions and you will undertake some induction training before starting on our First Aid Apprentice training. This training will provide you with basic first aid knowledge as well as important information on health & safety, safeguarding and event administration procedures. During this period we will provide you with a uniform and identity card.

Once your Apprentice Training is complete you will be able to attend events but you will be supervised by a fully trained first aider. You will also now be able to start your first aider training, which will include a 3 day First Aid at Work course plus training in paediatric first aid, defibrillation, event first aid and the use of stretchers. Assessment will take place at various stages of your training and once you have successfully passed all the modules you will be able to attend events unsupervised.

Members can develop their skills further and become an advanced first aider but they will need to attend events and gain real experience with casualties for at least a year before applying. To move to advanced first aider, members will need to demonstrate a high standard in first aid skills and knowledge through pre course assessment. This is again to ensure we maintain high standards but also to protect members from stresses caused by taking on a role to which they may not be suited.

As well as uniformed first aiders we also need support staff to help with fundraising, public relations, radio communications etc. These roles are very important and we welcome applications from people interested in helping us in this way.

If you are interested in joining please download a joining form, complete and post to 6 Mount Road, Balderton, NG24 3HF.