We are inviting islanders to find out about the many volunteer roles within the organisation at an Open Day on 1 November. To give you an idea of what it’s like to be part of our hardworking team, read about the experience of our volunteer Jackie Pattimore.
Jackie is a Youth Leader for St John and runs a cadet section at the Sarnian Division.
Jackie said: “I make sure that the cadets are taught the different subjects for the Grand Prior Award scheme and that they have fun along the way. I also arrange for guest speakers to give talks as well as trainers and examiners to teach and assess the cadets.
We also organise events and courses for the cadets to help them with their development as cadet trainers and leaders. This allows them to progress to the next stage of being a Corporal, then Sergeant and eventually Cadet Leader.
We take the cadets on outings and I am currently working towards my “out and about” and “overnight warrant” so I can take the children away on residential and day trips out to Jersey.
My role also entails a little administration work – meetings, keeping records up to date, completing medical, event and photo release forms. We also work hard to fundraise by either doing cake sales, raffles or Christmas fairs. This takes a lot of organisation and management but is always good fun.
I have been a volunteer with St John since I was 13 when I first joined the cadets. I have grown up with St John and learnt valuable skills, met incredible people and made lasting friendships.
I love volunteering because I enjoy giving back to the community and working with children. It is very rewarding being able to share my knowledge and subsequently watch the cadets progress and grow into confident first aiders.
My favourite memory as a cadet was being a part of the competitions team and competing against other teams at interdivisional level in Guernsey, Jersey and UK.
I also like coming across accidents and knowing that I can help. I cared for a patient after they were involved in a road traffic accident a few years ago. I kept the patient calm while I assessed her injuries and reassured her until the ambulance arrived. Having the confidence to stop and help is very rewarding and knowing you have helped that person gives you a sense of purpose.”