New St John Am­bu­lance train­ing cen­tre

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d485346

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.

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