Advantages learn first aid, meet new people, youth organisation from 5 yrs
Disadvantages don't get paid, may be unpleasant people or situations to deal with
ST JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE
We are part of an organisation that teaches First Aid, among other things, to people aged 5 plus.
Anyone who joins at an overlap age is encouraged to join the older group, e.g. a 10 year old would join Cadets not Badgers.All sections wear uniform at Remembrance Parades and other functions in our area.
New members always welcome.BADGERS
In our unit we have a Badger Leader (who is also Divisional Officer) who runs the Badger Sett with the help of 2 Assistant Badger Leaders and a Badger helper.Badgers can learn First Aid and other subjects once they have completed a Welcome Paw award in the first 6 weeks of joining, by then working towards Badger Awards - learning about 12 out of a possible 15 subjects, which includes First Aid, Caring, Communicate, Active (games), My World, Safety, Creative, and Healthy.
Once 3 subjects are gained, a Bronze Paw Award is presented and for every 3 additional subjects they receive a Paw Award until gaining 12 when they are awarded the Super Badger Paw Award. If there is time, a Badger may work to obtain all 15 subjects.9-year-old Badgers who have been present for one term can become "Follow Me" badgers to gain more responsibility (e.g. helping Leaders, becoming a Badger Buddy for younger badgers). It also enables them to learn more about Cadets and they are entitled to wear Follow me badger markings (shoulder flashes called epaulettes).
They can meet other Badgers at special events e.g. Badger Bashes (craft days) and Bonanzas (overnight stays) and some see Bertie Badger, the national Badger mascot.CADETS
Our Divisional Superintendent, and another Divisional Officer, run the Cadet Unit, assisted by any other member, as required.Cadets complete a First Aid qualification and they can learn up to 24 subjects, for their Grand Prior Award.
In order to obtain this Award, they complete Cadet Proficiency subjects, which come in 3 levels. If they choose to do a subject at Level 1 or 2 for their Bronze Award, they can reuse it at a higher level for their Silver or Gold awards, but if Level 3 is used for their Bronze (or Silver) award, it can not be reused. To obtain each award (Bronze, Silver or Gold) they need to complete 8 subjects per award (but these can be repeat subjects). Subjects include Knowledge of the Order, Casualty Simulation/Make-up, Radio Communication, Map-reading, and Sign Language.They have to attend First Aid or Caring Duties at local events, as part of their training and to obtain Service Hours shields, which can be worn on their uniform.
There are sometimes countywide events e.g. camps, County Competitions or training events.ADULTS
The Adult unit assists the youth sections and completes training in a variety of topics e.g. First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Child Protection, Manual Handling and Caring for the Sick at our Church Hall or County Headquarters, Chesterfield in the evenings or weekends. Occasionally we do training/exams at other locations with other units.Young Adults (aged between 16 and 25) can also study for other awards including the Sovereign's Award and the Amalfi Challenge Award.
Older cadets (16 plus) and adult members must have a Criminal Records Bureau check and attend local duties e.g. Bonfire Night displays, fairs/fetes, 5 a side football, blood donor sessions, and Stainsby folk festival.We sometimes cover duties at Pilsley, North Wingfield, Mickley, Morton, Tibshelf, and Clay Cross and have members from these areas. We are sometimes asked to attend meetings, training sessions or events further away, e.g. Chesterfield and Derby football matches or the London Marathon!
MEETING DETAILSWe (i.e. our Division) meet once a week in a local church hall in a Derbyshire village and the charge is £0.75p per week (first week free).
Every year we have a "Coming Back" party in January (a fancy dress themed evening), an outdoor games evening in July, yearly presentation nights, and monthly uniform nights every first meeting of the month.All members take part in First Aid and other practical work, which may involve practising and demonstrating on each other.
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