We are a team of volunteers. We all have everyday lives and jobs. The only difference being we dedicate any spare time we have to being on call.
We come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, but with one common interest - to give something back to the community and help others.

WHO we are, and what we do.

The Woodley Community First Responders are a team of experienced and trained volunteers, responding on behalf of the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to patients within the Woodley and surrounding areas.

The team have all undertaken in-depth training, provided by SCAS, to equip us with the essential skills and knowledge to carry out the role. Some of our team are also progressing through, or have completed, a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification in Community First Responding. As well as this, we are required to attend regular training and re-qualification sessions, to ensure we remain competent and to develop our skills.

There are certain call categories we attend. Primarily, our focus is on life threatening calls, such as cardiac and respiratory arrests, although thankfully these make up only a small percentage of the usual jobs we attend. The other incidents we go vary but include; unconscious patients, chest pain, difficulty in breathing, strokes, seizures, broken bones, bleeding and falls.


Team Members

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Anne | Team Leader

Anne is one of our Team Leaders, responsible for the day to day running of our group. These duties include the expansion and development of our team, mentorship, fundraising and local networking opportunities. On top of all this, Team Leaders are also operational responders, so you'll often see Anne attending incidents.

Anne joined the team in 2012 and brings a wealth of experience working with all age groups, with a background of nursing and being a full time carer.

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Will | Team Leader

Will is our other Team Leader, also responsible for the day to day running of our group. The same administration duties apply, including the development of our team, mentorship, fundraising and local networking opportunities. Will also often responds to incidents for our team.

Will joined the team in 2013 and alongside volunteering with us, works full time on the front-line with the ambulance service.

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Neil | Community Responder

Neil is a community responder, attending 999 calls within the local area and raising awareness of our work at local events. Neil joined our team in 2016 and as his day job works as a sales manager for a international company - bringing excellent communication and people skills to our team.

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Tracy | Community Responder

Tracy is a community responder, attending 999 calls within the local area and raising awareness of our work at local events. Tracy joined our team in 2015 and balances responding with her busy working schedule. Tracy is a qualified early years practioner and therefore very experienced working with children and adults alike. Tracy has been instrumental in some of our most successful fundraising applications.

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Jamie | Community Responder

Jamie is a community responder, attending 999 calls within the local area and raising awareness of our work at local events. Jamie joined our team in 2017 after transferring from a neighbouring team when he moved house. Jamie ties his responding hours in with shift work, as he also works full time with the ambulance service.

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John | Community Responder

John is a community responder, attending 999 calls within the local area and raising awareness of our work at local events. John joined our team in 2017 and enjoys spending his available time volunteering with our group. John is semi-retired from a career in project management and has lived in Woodley for over 30 years.

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Gaby | Community Responder

Gaby is a community responder, attending 999 calls within the local area and raising awareness of our work at local events. Gaby joined our team in 2018 and brings a wealth of knowledge from her career as a lifeguard trainer. Due to the nature of her job, Gaby is proficient with and has access to an array of training equipment, and plays a key part in helping raise public CPR awareness.

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Mike | Community Responder

Mike is a community responder, attending 999 calls within the local area and raising awareness of our work at local events. Mike joined our team initially in 2013 after a long career in the London Fire Brigade, bringing a wealth of experience and skill to our team. Mike left us briefly in 2018 to live abroad for 6 months but we are delighted to have him back in our group now.