Community responders all over London volunteer in their spare
time to attend patients in their area.
Our Community Responders
Below are some real life stories of community responders
explaining how they fit volunteering into their lives.
David Forward (Enfield)
David is a community first responder in Enfield and found
out about the scheme after doing a St John Ambulance first aid
at work course. It gives him an opportunity to use his
skills and he is a believer in helping his community.
Responders are required to commit to four hours a month
but David volunteeres up to 18 hours a week.
Pamela Chamberlain (Romford)
Pamela became a community first responder in
Romford after reading about the scheme in her local paper. She was
keen to learn a new skill and be able to help people in her
local community. She does at least one shift a week and has been
called to people who had fainted or were unconscious.
Pamela's full profile
June Bedding (Havering)
June is an ex-auxiliary district nurse who wanted to go on
serving her community. Because she is now retired she has more time
to volunteer and manages two shifts a week, in the day or
evening from Monday to Friday. She has attended many incidents
and once helped to resuscitate a man in the street.
Pauline Chapman (Croydon)
Pauline is a lay chaplain who sees the
scheme as an excellent way of serving her community. After picking
up a leaflet in her doctor's surgery, she was inspired by the warm
welcome she received at the first meeting. This encouraged her to
sign up straight away.
Ajaz Khan (Chessington)
Ajaz is an IT consultant who wanted to give something back to his
community. He's on duty between four to eight hours per
week but also does extra shifts.He enjoys the work as it's so
different to his day job. He finds the job really rewarding, and
especially welcomed the medical training.
Kelly Hayes (Waltham Forest)
Kelly is a pastoral manager for children who volunteers
around twenty hours a week. She really likes the flexibility of the
roster which means she can fit it in with her day job. Kelly is
called out almost every time she is on shift and has attended all
kinds of incidents including seizures and cardiac arrests.
Read Kelly's full
John Jeal (Harrow)
John is an engineer who found that volunteers with training can
have a really positive impact on critically sick people. He does a
shift in Harrow for four hours a week and believes it's really
important for Community Responders to have good communication
Read John's full