St John seeks vol­lies in Bulls­brook

IT’S RE­WARD­ING, SAYS VOL­UN­TEER

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

ST John Am­bu­lance in Bulls­brook is call­ing out for vol­un­teers so it can con­tinue to pro­vide its vi­tal ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Matthew Guile has been a St John vol­un­teer for al­most a decade. He said the ex­pe­ri­ence had been re­ward­ing and had helped him con­nect to his lo­cal com­mu­nity.

He is now try­ing to en­cour­age oth­ers to vol­un­teer to im­prove the ser­vice and en­sure there is seven-day cov­er­age for Bulls­brook, Chit­ter­ing and Muchea.

“Bulls­brook is a vol­un­teer am­bu­lance ser­vice, so it’s run, man­aged and gov­erned by vol­un­teers,” he said.

“We do have gaps in our sched­ules where we don’t have peo­ple ros­tered on, so we’re try­ing to ad­dress that.”

Mr Guile said he had first started as a vol­un­teer in Man­jimup and had vol­un­teered in other WA coun­try towns.

“It’s a great way to meet peo­ple and to give back to the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“It’s the peo­ple you meet and the ca­ma­raderie you build with other vol­un­teers.

“It’s very re­ward­ing and you get so much out of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Guile said his back­ground was in re­tail and he had no med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence or train­ing be­fore be­com­ing a vol­un­teer.

“We are look­ing for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in giv­ing back and have time to vol­un­teer,” he said.

“Hav­ing a first aid cer­tifi­cate is pre­ferred but not nec­es­sary and there will be on­go­ing train­ing to be­come a vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cer.”

For more, call 1800 069 393 or visit change­lives.stjohnam­bu­lance.com.au

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d474391

St John vol­un­teer Matthew Guile.

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