Brigg needs volunteers to give 24-hour LIVES cover

LIVES volunteers needed EMN-150217-070050001
LIVES volunteers needed EMN-150217-070050001

Brigg LIVES Co-ordinator Chris Darlington is urging people to get involved with the local organisation and help extend cover.

“We simply need more people to join us, for we would like to provide 24-hour cover, that is our aim,” said Chris.

But what would be involved?

Chris is realistic in that many local people do not volunteer because they simply do not realise what is involved.

Responders need to be fit enough to carry the kit, perform CPR for up to 20 minutes, be over 18, able to drive and have access to a car.

They will also need to pass a CRB check, attend training, and wear a uniform - provided at no cost to the individual.

Most responders do at least one day a week, they can do days or nights to fit in with other commitments.

“There is no limit to how much time you can be on call, and there is no upper age limit, so if you have plenty of free time you can be on call all week if you want,” added Chris.

“As long as you meet the criteria, you could join us. LIVES saves lives.”

Volunteers also need to attend training in Brigg at least once every three weeks, with the initial training giving a level 2 qualification.

There is also the opportunity to progress to higher levels with further training and experience.

And as well as Brigg, responders are also needed in surrounding villages.

But it isn’t just about active responders.

“If you feel you are not fit enough, or don’t have the time to commit, we still need helpers for our fundraising and awareness events, you could help us in that way,” said Chris.

“Finally, as we are purely voluntary, and a registered charity we rely totally on donations to keep going, so great thanks go to the donations received since August.”

These included £250 from Brigg Town Business Partnership, £609.40 from the Christmas Market stall, £102.37 from the Thomas Bell LTD Charity Day, £100 from ‘Nisa’ on Queens St, and £522.48 from a collection day at Tesco.

Find out more about supporting Brigg Lives or becoming a responder, visit/www.lives.org.uk/ or call LIVES HQ on 01507 525999.

“Thanks also go to Barclays Bank for inviting us to hold an information/awareness day in their foyer recently,” added Chris.

“We were able to answer questions and give out information about our group, while we were on call.”