Fashion guru visits West Midlands
In Birmingham this week, fashion stylist
Gok Wan witnessed first-hand the life saving work performed by St
John Ambulance during a visit to launch a Vodafone volunteering
A World of Difference
Wan is touring the country to promote Vodafone's World of
Difference scheme, which gives applicants the opportunity to become
a two month intern with the charity of their choice. The scheme
produces 500 interns for charities nationally.
Birmingham opened its County Headquarters to Wan to demonstrate
what it takes to save a life.
West Midlands intern
With a successful applicant in the West Midlands in the scheme's
debut year, and a large volunteer base around the country, St John
Ambulance was the telecommunications company's first choice charity
when looking to launch the scheme in Birmingham.
Keen photographer Dave Pinfield-Wells, from Coventry, interned
with West Midlands St John Ambulance's operations department during
February and March. He is also a member of St John Ambulance's
Three Spires Division in Coventry.
Janet Catto, St John Ambulance's Commissioner for Training,
said: 'We had fantastic success with our intern Dave last year and
he became heavily involved with all aspects of the organization –
helping to set up a new first aid group in Redditch and take a
range of photos for our website and internal publications to help
showcase our life saving work.
'First aid has the power to change lives in communities across
the West Midlands. We intend to bring this experience to new and
diverse communities, particularly among young people, and to do
more of what we do best: teaching people first aid.'
Andrew Dunnet, Director of the Vodafone Foundation, said the
Vodafone World of Difference UK Programme, empowers individuals to
make a difference by working for a charity of their choice whilst
getting paid for it.
'The Vodafone Foundation was delighted to accept St John
Ambulance’s kind invitation to use their Birmingham HQ to help
launch the 2010 Vodafone World of Difference UK programme. St John
Ambulance is synonymous with helping others and making a difference
to people’s lives but like many charities across the UK, St John
Ambulance needs people from their local community to come forward
and help make this difference.'
St John Ambulance has over 3000 volunteer members across the
West Midlands who are trained and equipped to be the difference in
their community. They give their own time to learn crucial skills
they use as trainers, youth leaders and first aiders at local
events across the region.