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Volunteers required for new Arran emergency care response team

We are looking for volunteers who live on Arran to join a new Care for People team dedicated to helping on the island in emergency situations.

Our Care for People team is responsible for providing a care response during an emergency situation in North Ayrshire, supported by the Ayrshire Civil Contingencies Team.

The types of situations we would envisage needing volunteer help are:

  • Helping to deal with stranded ferry passengers when the ferry does not sail
  • Helping people during severe weather
  • Helping people during prolonged power outages
  • Helping with evacuation of properties, should that be required

In some instances, we would require to set up a rest centre where people can be given immediate shelter and care provided until the situation resolves. The rest centre would usually be in a local community centre/school/village or games hall and would provide:

  • Safety and shelter
  • Information and advice
  • Registration and interviewing
  • First Aid, if required
  • Refreshments
  • Comfort and support

Volunteers will receive full training and take part in occasional operational exercises. Most roles do not require any specific qualifications, and you will not be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with.

While we cannot say how often you would be called to assist, this is likely to be occasionally at most, with time off in lieu being awarded for any call-outs that occur outside of your usual working hours or during weekends.

If you are a staff member who lives on Arran and would like volunteer, or if you require any additional information, please contact:

Julie Davis, NAHSCP:

Lynne Ferguson, NAHSCP:

Lesley Jeffery, ACCT:

Scenic photograph of Arran with hills, coastal housing and sea
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