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First-aiders are reaping the benefits of their new headquarters, with an increase in volunteers.

The new St John Ambulance building opened on Telford Drive, Newark, in November 2007.

Since then ten adults have joined and completed their training and another nine have started the joining process.

The divisional superintendent, Mr Philip Jessop, said this was the biggest annual increase in volunteers for 20 years.

The new headquarters was bought and refurbished with the help of local people and organisations who raised more than £170,000.

The purpose-built premises have meant more first-aid courses are offered and there are plans to further increase the number and range by 80% this year.

Youth sections are planning a big expansion.

The leader of the Badger section for five to ten year-olds, Mr Richard Wells, said now they had settled into the new building, programmes could be put together to benefit young people.

A wide range of subjects are planned including healthy eating, radio communications, and gardening.

Courses have attracted people from Cambridge and Leeds, and even someone from the Czech Republic.

New health and safety courses and specialist first-aid courses for sports coaches and schools are due to start this year.

A new training programme is due to start this month where volunteers will receive comprehensive training.

The division provided first-aid cover at 403 events last year.

Mr Jessop said: “Anyone looking for a challenge in 2009 will be more than welcome to join us.”

The Telford Drive premises replaced the ageing hut on Appletongate.

For more information on volunteering telephone 07973 904808.


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