Volunteers’ Week Blog
This week is the 30th anniversary of
Volunteers’ Week, and we want to thank our 20,000 plus volunteers
who work year-round to provide first aid in communities up and down
the country. Hear from our volunteers, in their own words, about
what their role means to them.
Carol Trigg, First Aid Trainer
After four decades with the organisation,
in 2012, I experienced major deterioration in my vision. This meant
my role as unit manager had to change.
Despte my vision loss I wanted to continue being a first aid
trainer. I attended a trainers’ weekend and went on to be appointed
as Area Training Specialist (ATS) for St John
Ambulance in South Staffordshire.
In my role as ATS I oversee the volunteer
units in my area, and help to maintain standards and training for
all of the volunteers. I love being part of the training team, and
knowing that I personally help volunteers to develop in their
It’s odd to think about, but I also set an example for other
volunteers who can see me and understand that having a disability
is not a barrier within our organisation.
Nowadays, my work with St John Ambulance
poses two main challenges: one comes from travelling to training
sessions with all my equipment and my guide dog, Flora. I must look
like a hiker with my rucksack and computer bag! However I’m now
fitter and stronger than I have been in a long time.
The second challenge has been overcoming a problem in delivering
training with Powerpoint slides. But now I just ask another
volunteer to read from the presentation for me.
I first entered St John Ambulance as a Cadet (one of our programmes for young people)
45 years ago. I progressed to managing and expanding youth units.
Last year I was awarded the Serving Sister recognition medal and
this year I was voted Volunteer of the Year. There have been so
many memorable moments over the years, and I continue to be
inspired by my fellow volunteers.
One of the proudest moments I’ve experienced was when three of
my Cadets helped a seriously injured man at a traffic accident. The
Cadets gave first aid treatments until the air ambulance arrived –
and help saved his life. They were given a commendation by the
local ambulance service and were then invited to London to receive
Carol has been chosen this year as a Volunteers' Week
Ambassador. She was one of 30 amazing volunteers selected
from across the country to mark three decades of Volunteers’ Week.
The week is an initiative of National Council for Voluntary
Organisations. To learn more about Carol’s role, please visit
our Volunteering section.