Community Trainer Volunteers – saving lives through education

The Community Training Team are a small group of volunteers looking to increase confidence within local communities in the basic skills of lifesaving i.e. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

There are about five million people living in the East Midlands, and our findings suggest that 60% have never had any CPR training and 80% have never been trained on the use of a defibrillator. 

To improve the rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, the Community Trainer role has been created to raise levels of confidence in bystander CPR and the basics of lifesaving. 

The role of the Community Trainer is:

  • To make contact and build relationships with local community groups, businesses, schools and other organisations within a defined geographical area.
  • To deliver high-quality training to community groups, businesses, schools and other organisations.
  • To collect data that demonstrates the number of people trained and increases in confidence.
  • Develop and plan public CPR and AED training and education.

How to become a Community Trainer

There are 30 Community Trainer volunteers throughout the East Midlands. They are spaced out to make sure that every community has an allocated Community Trainer. If you would like to be part of this team please email If there isn’t room at the moment, you will be added to a list and when a vacancy opens up we will contact you.

  • Full Driving Licence with no more than 6 points

  • Experience of arranging and running workshops or training sessions for groups of people
  • Experience of presenting information to colleagues and delivering education.
  • Experience of working within the Health Care Profession or the Voluntary Sector.

  • Coordinating, managing of individuals and tasks
  • Effective written and verbal presentation and communication skills
  • IT skills in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Professional and personal credibility
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work outside normal working hours (OOH) as and when the needs of the role requires (unsocial)

Training your community or business

  • Running an event to familiarise the community with what to do in an emergency is an important part of saving lives. 
  • We have 30 trainers throughout the East Midlands. Their remit is to run sessions that raise the confidence of the people attending. 
  • There is no age limit. We often find that people younger than 20 years old and over 60 years old tend to dominate the audience, so anything you can think of to encourage other ages would be appreciated.
  • If anyone has done this training before, they still need to attend. This session is as much a refresher as it is to learn something new.
  • On the day, the trainer will bring all the equipment needed for the demonstration. They will arrive about 20 minutes prior to the start of the session and may ask for your help with handing out questionnaires and managing the flow of people, depending upon numbers. People will be invited to have a go themselves after the main presentation. The session takes about one hour.
  • The sessions are free, but we do ask if you would consider contributing towards your local Community First Responder groups who are volunteers that attend 999 calls.   
  • The sessions are open to all.
  • To find out more and to be put in contact with your local Community Trainer please email

If you are interested in finding out the latest advice on how to save a life when someone is in cardiac arrest, then the following sites provide free videos and courses: