Today marks the start of this year’s Volunteers’ Week and The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC), is starting the week by saying a big thank you to all our volunteers for their hard work and support over the last 12 months.
Marieanne Curtis, TASC’s Volunteer Manager, said:
“From signposting people to TASC and forming volunteer groups across the UK, to representing TASC at a meet and greet with the Duke of Cambridge and trekking Kilimanjaro to raise money for TASC, our volunteers have achieved some truly great things over the last 12 months.
Together, our volunteers have given over 2,100 hours in the last year and it’s their dedication and commitment that enables us to help more people in the UK’s ambulance communities in their time of need.”
Josh, an emergency medical crew member for an independent ambulance company in Hertfordshire, explains why he is a TASC volunteer:
“I decided to volunteer with TASC as mental health and supporting others is a key part of my job role and I would like to expand my knowledge and support more people. As a volunteer I have promoted the charity at work, represented TASC at events, and have hours available every month if people would like to talk. In my experience, volunteering for TASC is really easy and you are constantly supported by TASC’s volunteering team.”
Karl Demian, TASC Chief Executive Officer, said:
“Our volunteers play a crucial role in supporting the UK’s lifesavers and we couldn’t do what we do without them. In the last year our number of volunteers increased by almost 300% which means we’re able to reach and support more people when they’re in need.
On behalf of us all at TASC, I’d like to thank every single one of our volunteers for their continued support. The last few months have been especially challenging, with many of our volunteers working full-time on the frontline, and while we’re not out of the woods yet, together we can continue to provide a helping hand to those in need.”
Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s raising awareness in their workplace, encouraging others to get involved, supporting staff at events or speaking at conferences, all our TASC volunteers make a big difference to the people in the UK’s ambulance community. If you’re a serving ambulance staff member, we can also provide specialist peer support training so you can better support your colleagues when they’re in need. If you’d like to become one of our volunteering superstars, you can learn more and register to become a volunteer at: www.theas.org.uk/volunteer.