December 11 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
TWO out of three St John Ambulance sections in Soham have been put on hold, after a crop of resignations left both cadets and adults without a leader.
The first aid charity is now desperately looking for volunteers to re-start the cadet section.
Tony Curd, the district manager for St John in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, said: “The cadets are temporarily on hold due to a shortage of leaders, to operate safely we need an adequate number of them.
“We do not have any leaders at the moment, after former leaders resigned for a variety of reasons.
“We would love to hear from anyone who is keen to work with youngsters. Full training will be given and we will give full support to anyone who can help us.”
The cadets, aged from 10 to 18, had been meeting weekly at Soham Village College until the summer. The Badger unit, for five to 10 year olds is still operating.
Mr Curd said the adult unit is no longer meeting. “The few remaining members decided to call it a day and go to other units, but that does not mean we cannot start up again if appropriate leaders come forward,” he said.
Mr Curd also stressed that St John was still able to meet its commitment for attending public events.
“We are covering events from Ely and Cambridge,” he said. “Events will still be covered in the Soham area, and we will continue to provide first aid training.”
For bookings, St John Ambulance can be contacted via their website, www.jsa.org.uk
Anyone interested in finding out more about helping re-start the cadets should call the regional headquarters on 01245 265678.