WHEN natural disaster or an emergency occurs, it is common for members of the public to want to help but without proper training, most people are unable to be used by the emergency services.
Red Cross Regional Manager, Ms Judy Harper, said: “Disasters such as bushfires, floods, earthquakes or storms can strike at any time and it’s important to have a pool of volunteers ready to help locals in their own communities.”
One of the quickest ways to become a trained up helper and to be of assistance to those in need, is to attend a free one-day training course with the Red Cross and become a Personal Support member.
Ms Valerie Hussain, Team Leader of Wollongong North, said: “It is not a huge commitment with training sessions held just twice a year for the teams.”
During the training, volunteers will learn about the role of the Red Cross in a disaster and gain hands-on skills.
Volunteers may then be called on to meet people as they arrive at an evacuation centre, provide emotional support and a listening ear, or help with practical tasks.
The next free course will be run on Saturday, February 9, at the Illawarra Master Builders Club, 61 Church St, Wollongong from 9:30am until 4:30pm.
Please register your interest by Friday, February 1. Phone 4428 4900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org