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Fire Service calling for new volunteers

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Cumbria residents interested in helping keep their communities safe are being encouraged to mark Volunteers’ Week by coming forward and teaming up with the county's fire and rescue service.

New faces are needed to join the service’s community safety team and assist in a variety of roles, from carrying out home fire safety checks and fitting free smoke alarms to delivering HeartStart life-support courses.

They are also involved in:

- Assisting at events and community days

- Helping with fire safety campaigns and speaking to residents about community safety issues

- Supporting delivery of the Dementia Friends campaign

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is a national campaign that celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. As well as celebrating what volunteers do, it’s also an opportunity to raise the profile of volunteering and recruit more people to the cause.

Each member of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service’s community volunteer team is given varied training, a uniform and expenses and operates within a formal structure to ensure high standards of service are maintained.

Currently Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has around 85 volunteers county-wide and is looking to boost that number by taking on new volunteers.

“Our volunteers do a great job and play a vital role in the work of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service. Fire prevention and educating people about the dangers of fires is a major focus of what we do, so our volunteers are absolutely key to enabling us to get out into communities and deliver the fire safety message that saves lives.

"Volunteers’ Week is an ideal opportunity for those thinking about volunteering to get involved, so I’d urge people to contact us and find out more.”

– Cllr Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for the Fire and Rescue Service

Anybody interested in becoming a Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service volunteer should call 0300 303 8623 or email for an application pack or to find out more information.

Volunteers needed for new West Cumberland Hospital

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Volunteers are being sought to help out at the new £90million West Cumberland Hospital when it opens this autumn.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding a recruitment drive next month to encourage people to find out more about what being a volunteer involves.

Volunteer roles are varied but the Trust is especially looking for approachable people to meet patients and visitors when they enter the hospital, answer queries and be a welcoming face.

The volunteers’ recruitment drive takes place from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 June 2015 to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 2015, which runs from 1 to 7 June.

Volunteers from across North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust have also been invited to events held in both Whitehaven and Carlisle next month to meet volunteers from other departments and celebrate the contribution they make.

“The opening of the new West Cumberland Hospital is an incredibly exciting time for the community and volunteering to be a part of it is a great chance for local people to get involved. “We already have a fantastic team of volunteers working throughout the Trust and the events next month are a way of the Trust thanking them for their time and commitment, and for volunteers to meet volunteers from other departments.”

– Claire Unwin, volunteer and charity development officer North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Anyone interested in volunteering at West Cumberland Hospital and booking a place on the recruitment event to find out more should email or call 01228 814567.