Volunteering Opportunities

Stokenchurch Community Library

So that we can be sure to get fully back to normal once the pandemic is over, we are urgently in need of more volunteers to work in the library and in several other roles. If you are interested, please e-mail committee.scl@gmail.com with your name, a little bit of information about you, and a phone number, so that we can call you.

More details about the library can be found on the Community Library website (opens in new window).

Patient Support scheme

When someone is newly diagnosed with a medical ailment this can be quite traumati. Therefore the Stokenchurch Patient Participation Group would like to assist newly diagnosed patients with the option of being able to talk and discuss their ailment with patients who already have the same medical condition.

This discussion of medical conditions will not be able to give medical advice but solely on how the patient who already has the condition has managed it over a space of time. This scheme has the full support of the Stokenchurch Medical Centre

We are looking for volunteers who are willing to discuss their condition, which can cover a vast array of ailments, with newly diagnosed patients. Full confidentiality between patients will be given and no information will be shared apart from between the the patient sponsor and the newly diagnosed patient.

Connection Support

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Volunteers required to become community first responders in Bucks

South Central Ambulance Service are currently looking for volunteer Community First Responders and I would be grateful if you could distribute the details below to your colleagues and also if possible as an article on your newsletter.

SCAS encourages members of the public to become Community First Responders in Buckinghamshire

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is encouraging members of the public to play a valuable role in their Buckinghamshire neighbourhoods by becoming Community First Responders (CFRs).

CFRs are volunteers available to be dispatched by the ambulance Emergency Operations Centre to attend appropriate medical emergencies in their local area. Volunteers undergo two days of training at one of our training centres, explaining how to recognise and treat many serious and life threatening medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrest to strokes in the elderly through to infants, to name but a few of the situations the volunteers may face.

Dave Johnson, a Community First Responder for the Wendover area and also a Buckinghamshire Governor for SCAS, said: “The role of a CFR is to provide assistance to those with a medical emergency and most importantly to start and maintain the chain of survival in cardiac arrest patients until an ambulance crew arrives.”

Dave went on to explain why an early response is vital.

He added: “Our Community First Responders continue to support our frontline operations and we are encouraging new volunteers to join the service. These are valuable volunteer CFRs in local communities who are able to respond to appropriate incidents and assist patients in a serious or life threatening condition before the arrival of an ambulance crew. They make a real difference by saving seconds and minutes which can make the difference to the patient’s outcome.”

Anyone can become a community first responder, as long as they are aged 18 and over and have held a full UK driving licence for a minimum of one year.

No previous medical experience is needed and the ambulance service provides a comprehensive training course and continuous support, together with flexible hours.

Community First Responders log on when they want to, for as long as they want to on the days that they want to. They work in and for their local community.

For further details please go to http://www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/our-services/communityresponders.ashx

The Trust also welcomes residents who would be interested in getting involved with fundraising, attending events etc. Contact 0800 587 0207 or cfr@scas.nhs.uk to find out more.

Many thanks

Monica Moro ACIM

Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer

Communications and Marketing department

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 | monica.moro@scas.nhs.uk | www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk |Twitter – follow us @scas990

Urgent appeal for help - Stokenchurch Community Transport

Stokenchurch Community Transport (SCT) provides an essential service to our village. They provide mobility to the elderly and disabled enabling them to get to appointments at the Medical Centre, do shopping and meet friends and acquaintances at the Day Centre. Without the SCT many would be left without any form of transport.

SCT is desperately short of drivers and helpers. If you think you can spare an hour or so of your time on a regular basis, please contact DOUG TUCKER on 01494 482211 or 07799 881682