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Help us save lives - Community Champion Volunteers needed across South Gloucestershire

Help us save lives - Community Champion Volunteers needed across South Gloucestershire

Avon Fire & Rescue Service - 2nd December 2013

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is looking for volunteers who can raise awareness of their Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSVs).

The Care Forum is the lead partner in this new project with Avon Fire and Rescue Service and is working in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Partnership South Gloucestershire to promote the scheme through the four local Volunteer Centres/Volunteer projects across South Gloucestershire.

Community Champion Volunteers will be asked to spend around eight hours a month talking to local groups about the benefits of a Home Fire Safety Visit and encouraging people to sign up.

Referrals they take will be passed to AF&RS and fire fighters will visit people in their homes to discuss home and fire safety issues specific to their property and fit free smoke alarms where required.

Community Champion Volunteers will be providing a valuable service to local people by helping to increase fire safety awareness and prevent accidental fires.

AF&RS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Mick Dixon, said: “We are keen to spread the fire safety message across our local communities and have developed the Community Champion Volunteer scheme as a way to ensure we can reach those most in need. Community Champion volunteers have an important role to play in preventing fires and potentially saving lives.”

As a Community Champion volunteer you will have the opportunity to gain new skills, meet a wide range of people and make a positive contribution to people’s safety. If you feel confident talking to groups of people and would be happy to plan and carry out visits to local groups and events to promote AFRS Home Fire Safety checks please get in touch to find out more. No qualifications or previous experience are needed and full training and support will be given to all volunteers. (Volunteers are now being recruited throughout Bristol, Banes, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.)

For more information, an application pack and Induction training dates please contact the Volunteer Support Team at The Care Forum on 0117 9589308
or e-mail volunteering@thecareforum.org.uk