Five ways to join our GroundCrew
Friday, 04 June 2021
Collectively known as our GroundCrew, our volunteers give their time to Wiltshire Air Ambulance to help spread awareness about our lifesaving work.
The time they give truly is priceless – but could you join them?
Volunteering gives you a chance to meet new people as you support our lifesaving charity. You’ll certainly get to enjoy new experiences and connect with the local community. It can also be hugely beneficial to your CV and career development.
In addition, our community team will support you with scheduled quarterly meetings - where you'll also get to meet other volunteers - plus training sessions about the use of equipment and technology.
Here are five ways in which you could get involved and help out your local air ambulance.
Attend an event
It's something we've all missed over the last 15 months since the Coronavirus pandemic hit, but there is light at the end of the tunnel now.
We're - hopefully - gearing up for a busy summer of events across Wiltshire and Bath and you could help us.
From local fêtes to scarecrow festivals, pub quizzes to duck races, we will have volunteers out and about at a wide range of community events all year round.
We often have a gazebo stand at these events, with merchandise on sale to raise vital funds. We need volunteers to man the stand and help answer questions about our charity.
There’s no minimum requirement on the number of events you attend, just speak to the community team to find out more.
Bring our mascots to life
We are very lucky to have two popular cuddly bear mascots, paramedic Wilber and pilot Marsha.
They are hugely popular with families, especially young children.
Our volunteers help bring our mascots to life and visit places from schools to sporting fixtures, as well as supporting other volunteers at community events.
Could you be the next Wilber or Marsha?
Talk about our lifesaving work
We have volunteers who will visit local community groups, such as women’s institutes, cub and girl guide groups or sporting clubs.
Since the pandemic hit, we've also been offering these talks virtually via Zoom, which has proved really popular.
We’ll provide you with full training, including a special video and Powerpoint presentation including all the key information about our charity.
These talks are sometimes combined with a cheque presentation following fundraising which has been carried by the community group.
Are you confident speaking in front of large or small groups of people and willing to spread our charity’s message?
Help out in our Devizes charity shop
Our shop manager Jo is supported by volunteers, who give over their time to help out behind the counter and dealing with stock.
People from across the county donate clothes, games and much more, creating a wide range of items that are sold to generate vital funds.
The shop, on Maryport Street, is always looking for more volunteers – could you help out?
Collect donations from the people of Wiltshire
Across Wiltshire and Bath we have more than 1,000 collections tins at a wide range of shops, pubs and other business premises.
The tins get packed full of coins and notes from visitors, helping to generate in the region of £500,000!
Those tins need to be collected regularly, with new ones left in their place. Could you help to distribute and collect tins for our charity in the future?