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 its like to be part of our hardworking team, read about the experience of our volunteer Rob Jordan.

Rob has been a volunteer at St John for eight years and is involved in many areas of volunteering.

One of his roles is as a Community First Responder (CFR).

Rob said: “Whenever a life threatening call comes in, I receive a message and if I am in a position to respond I let the control room know I’m on my way. Sometimes I can get there ahead of the ambulance to provide critical first aid.  If I arrive after the ambulance I can also support the paramedics with minor duties freeing up time for them to dedicate to the patient.

I work in the finance industry and have quite a specialized job – by volunteering for St John I feel I can offer something back to the community.  I also would like to think that in my time of need someone will be there for me; however I can’t expect that unless I am prepared to help my fellow islanders.

I love the feeling when I leave a patient and I know that I’ve made a difference. People are always so grateful when you arrive, and I have been thanked so many times by relatives for helping with their loved ones.

Although I leave my day job knowing I’ve done a good job, after responding to an emergency call, I leave patients knowing I have made a difference not just to the patient but to the family as well.

I would like to say a special thanks to all the employers of those who volunteer for St John.  Without their understanding and flexibility, being able to respond during working hours would not be possible.”

Photo by Steve Sarre 16-03-15 Hirzel Court Community first responders L-R Rob Jordan, Dean De La Mare and Mark Guilbert

Rob Jordan, Community First Responder Photo credit: Guernsey Press

Posted: October 22, 2015