Volunteers Week gives us the opportunity to say thank you and celebrate the amazing people that give up their time free of charge to help us and to help people in their local community.
Our volunteer car drivers enable patients across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex to get to and from planned hospital and other medical appointments. The non-emergency patient transport service we provide in those six counties carried out nearly 1 million patient journeys in 2018/19 and our volunteer car drivers delivered 8% of those trips.
Our volunteer community first responders (CFRs), along with our co-responders from the military, police and fire and rescue services, responded to 28,666 emergency 999 incidents for SCAS in 2018/19. These volunteers usually respond within three miles of their home or work base and can help patients suffering a life-threatening emergency such as a cardiac arrest, heart attack, breathing difficulties or stroke, by starting life-saving treatment often within a few minutes before our first ambulance response arrives on scene.
For more information go to https://scascharity.org.uk/volunteering/
Find our more about just a few of our amazing volunteers below.