Posts Tagged ‘volunteers’

Cheer for Good

30 November 2017  |  News  |  , , , , ,

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is delighted to be chosen as one of 210 charities around the UK as part of Starbucks Cheer for Good campaign!

We’re going to receive £500 of much needed donated money as a result which we’re really thrilled about. We receive no statutory funding and all our team members are volunteers. We do everything ourselves from fundraising outside supermarkets to applying for local grants, so it’s fantastic to have been chosen.

However, we could turn that £500 into £2,500 with your help! It couldn’t be simpler. The 30 charities out of the 210 who make the most noise on Neighbourly and on Twitter between now and 20th December will win the money. So please do get cheering and help us on our way.

Take a look at our Neighbourly page and comment, like or share our posts.

Hop over to our Twitter page and send us a tweet @wiltshireSAR and use #cheerforgood when you do

Thank you for your support.

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Saving lives

Volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue were called out last week to support Wiltshire Police to find an elderly man. Due to the immediate lifesaving actions by the team, the man was able to be safely transported to hospital by ambulance where he is now making a good recovery.

Adrian Sawyer, Chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, had this to say about the events, “When the call came through to us on the evening of 11th November, our volunteers were immediately sent to assist the police in the search. By planning sectors based on the available information, and putting the skills into practice that are learned through continuous training, the team was able to accurately identify the suspected location of Mr Paredes.

“This structured approach to searching is so vital during the early hours of any callout and greatly increases the chance of finding the missing person. Despite the darkness and dropping temperatures, the team was also able to rapidly search a river that was on the route, both from the bank and by entering the water in protective drysuits. It was a joint effort with the police in ensuring that together we had all possible locations discussed, prioritised and searched.”

Mr Paredes’ condition when he was found was of concern to the team, as he had been missing for several hours, was inadequately dressed for the poor weather conditions, and was dangerously hypothermic.

All of our team members are trained in basic life saving, and many of them to give more advanced medical care including joint training with the Ambulance Service. Treatment was immediately started, and additional lifesaving equipment was rushed to the scene. After Paramedics arrived, the team continued to assist moving Mr Paredes using a stretcher.

Wiltshire Police was quick to praise the volunteers, adding, “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers at Wiltshire Search and Rescue who in this situation gave us much needed extra people on the ground, working alongside our officers as colleagues.”

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a voluntary organisation funded entirely through voluntary donations. The team is professionally trained and is called out by Wiltshire Police to support with finding vulnerable and missing people. In 2016 over 10,000 hours of volunteer hours were given to the community by the team. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are united in their desire to be there when people need us most.

If you’d like to donate to the team to support our equipment, our vehicles and our training, please visit http://wilsar.org.uk/donate

 

Facebook: @wilsarteam

Twitter: @WiltshireSAR

 

For press information about Wiltshire Search and Rescue, please call Sarah Wolf, PR 07747 733216 or email pr@wilsar.org.uk

 

New Members’ Information Evening 15th March

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Fully operational members on an exercise on the Marlborough Downs

We’re holding a new members’ information evening on Wednesday 15th March at Devizes Town Hall between 1930 and 2200. This is an ideal opportunity to hear from operational team members about what it’s like to volunteer for us. All are welcome but please email membership@wilsar.org.uk to confirm your place and please read

our Frequently Asked Questions before making a decision!

If you are interested in attending then please arrive in good time so that the presentation can start at 1930. We do require all new volunteers to attend this session. Our training schedule means that we cannot join volunteers unless they attend our new members’ information evening.

We look forward to meeting you on 15th March.

New Members’ Evening

22 January 2017  |  News, Training & Events  |  , , ,

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Date for your diary – we’re holding an information evening for people interested in volunteering for us. It will be on Wednesday 15th March and if you’d like further details once they’re finalised, then please email membership@wilsar.org.uk