New first aid cadet unit to open

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

ST John Am­bu­lance is pre­par­ing to open a new cadet unit in the town.

The char­ity is re­spond­ing to pop­u­lar de­mand by hold­ing three taster ses­sion on Fe­bru­ary 8, 15 and 22 at 23 High Street, Mac­cles­field, from 6.30pm – 7.45pm.

The unit is for young peo­ple aged 10 to 18.

Cadets meet weekly to get in­volved in a chal­leng­ing and var­ied pro­gramme that in­cludes: pro­vid­ing first aid cover at pub­lic events; learn­ing lead­er­ship and pub­lic speak­ing skills through teach­ing first aid to oth­ers; tak­ing part in week­end res­i­den­tial camps and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in in­ter­na­tional first aid com­pe­ti­tions.

Adults also in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about vol­un­teer­ing are wel­come to come along to the taster ses­sions and meet the team.

Ker­rie Gleave, district youth leader, said: “We are re­ally ex­cited to be open­ing the unit in Mac­cles­field. I was a cadet for seven years and have been a leader for eight. Hav­ing seen loads of cadets ben­e­fit from the SJA pro­gramme, I would en­cour­age young peo­ple and adults to se­ri­ously con­sider be­ing part of cadets, it of­fers a fresh break from the daily rou­tine and is truly worth­while.”

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