For those who don't know, can you tell us about the South Western Ambulance Charity and what you do...
The aim of the South Western Ambulance Charity is to go the extra mile for the staff, volunteers and communities served by the South Western Ambulance Service. Although the Ambulance Service is funded by the government through the NHS, there is always a need for extra money to provide an even better service to patients.
We do this in three main ways:
We support our exceptional people
The Staying Well Service provides our staff and volunteers with access to sources of help and support with their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The importance of having a confidential lifeline for those people who are, by the very nature of the work they do, often exposed to traumatic and disturbing events, can’t be underestimated.
The Staying Well Service is funded by the South Western Ambulance Service with charitable income used to extend the support and services available to our exceptional people.
The charity also provides training and development bursaries to support the personal development of our staff and volunteers.
We support our volunteer heroes
Community First Responders operate within the communities in which they live or work, providing lifesaving emergency aid early and ahead of ambulance arrival.
The South Western Ambulance Service is supported by over 800 Community First Responder volunteers, attending around 40,000 incidents each year – helping to save lives, reduce pain and provide reassurance to those requiring emergency care.
Charitable donations are used to support our volunteer heroes by funding equipment and training over and above that provided by the Trust.
We support our communities
The South Western Ambulance Charity is supporting defibrillator placement, maintenance and training across the 10,000 square miles served by the Trust.
Increased public access to defibrillators results in more people receiving a life-saving shock as quickly as possible, giving them the best possible chance of survival.