Monday 14 December 2015

1st Birthday!

It is amazing to think that the Bradford on Avon Town Council Community Emergency Volunteers have only been going one year! We have packed so much into our first year including over 20 hours of training, a flooding table top exercise and crowd marshalling at 5 events that raised thousands of pounds for local good causes. We have established great links with over 15 local Cat 1, 2, & 3 responders in our area, and are already setting out our plan for training next year.

We have secured equipment and a storage container to keep it in as well as drawn up rigorous plans and systems for using them.

A big thank you to our volunteers who have 'stuck with the programme' over the past 12 months. Without your support this project would be nothing other than a pipe dream!

So what does the next 12 months have to offer. As well as refresher training to keep our skills up to date and to test our knowledge we also hope to try and undertake a live training exercise this year getting us out and about and testing ourselves in the field.

We are also making a grant application to the SSEPD Community Resilience Fund and if successful will be able to provide significantly enhanced equipment and mobility to the volunteers (Watch this space for updates). 
(We hope to Secure Funding For a vehicle next year)

If you want to find an exciting way to give back to your community during its time of greatest need or celebration then why not make your New Year resolution to join the Community Emergency Volunteers! We have vacancies not just for Boots on the Ground but helping the volunteers, whether that is managing equipment, raising funds, or spreading important safety messages on behalf of our partner organisations.

Merry Christmas & A Peaceful New Year to all our readers

Kind Regards

Paul Robertson

CEV Senior Coordinator

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