Over forty guests enjoyed cheese and
wine refreshments on the evening of Tuesday 3rd September to celebrate
the launch of HFR gaining its charity status. Display boards showing training
and first aid at events also included equipment wish lists (see links for
Our first newspaper mention came in
August following our success with Awards for All. We continue to highlight
safety as well as first aid in a recent article by Graham for the Hants
and Berks Rover Owners entitled "D is for Danger". Gillian also gave an
evening seminar in Kingsclear explaining our aims and scope.
HFR has now joined National Centre
for Volunteering, and our membership of Hart Voluntary Action has enabled
Graham to attend their Business Planning Course.
We have just run another Guide Leaders
1st Response, Basic First Aid course. Where we trained 18 adults
in a variety of first aid skills. We are also taking provisional bookings
from a number of other groups for 2003. So get in touch soon if you want
a course for next year.
We were very successful with our application
for money for an easi-loader stretcher. We were awarded £3,290 and
are in the process of purchasing this now. Thank you National Lottery.
We have started to put in place a
system to enable us to become a registered organisation via the Criminal
Records Bureau. This will be necessary as new members volunteer.
We are also in the process of consolidating
our insurance with one agent to minimise costs and streamline the whole
system from Public Liability to Medical Indemnity cover. We will issue
members with a summary of insurance details in the next month.
We have finally found an equivalent
qualification to Ambulance Aid level 2. This is the Wiltshire Ambulance
Service First Responder course, which takes place on 28 October-1 November
2002. Four members or HFR will undertake this residential course and further
places have been secured by Kent Priority Care and other voluntary organisations.