New St John Ambulance training centre
ST John Ambulance will be training a fresh crop of recruits as part of its new centre opening in Fremantle this month.
St Patrick’s Community Support Centre volunteers will be one of the first groups of trainees.
St John Ambulance general manager Aaron Harding said the existing training facility was too small.
“We’ve been looking for premises for a stand-alone first aid training centre for some time in the Fremantle CBD with capacity to also deliver the mental health first aid course,” he said.
“We think the inclusion of a purpose-built room for first aid mental health training will be great for local people and businesses who want to equip individuals with the skills to assist them to support those developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.”
Mr Harding said St John Ambulance offered training to many organisations.
“We see St Pat’s as having a huge role to play in the local community, especially with people in trying circumstances, something we also deal with as the state’s ambulance service,” he said.
“It was an ideal fit for St John’s to offer this training as a thank you to their volunteers for the great work they do. In the spirit of giving back to people who give their time, we often train not-for-profit organisation’s people at reduced rates that meet their budget.”
St Pat’s community support centre chief executive Michael Piu said the training would provide volunteers with additional skills.
“The skills are particularly valuable for our volunteers who we encourage to sit and talk with our clients, often with our trained staff,” he said.
Pumped up: St Pat’s community volunteer John Raykos with St John Ambulance first aid training team leader Nadine McLoughlin and St Pat’s community volunteer Amandine Hamilton-Smith.