EMAS secures over half a million pounds for volunteer schemes and vehicles

EMAS secures over half a million pounds for volunteer schemes and vehicles

Community First Responder working alongside ambulance crew with patient

We are delighted to announce that the EMAS Community Response team has successfully secured £607,000 in charity grants to launch new volunteer projects and fund defibrillators and electric vehicles across the East Midlands.

Thanks to the hard work and partnership of the EMAS Charitable Funds and Community Response team, in total, an NHS Charities Together grant of £509,000 and an NHS England grant of £98,00 have been awarded to them.

These two Community Services Grants will be used to fund a number of different projects at EMAS as part of the Community Response Volunteer Strategy.

With the help of the NHS Charities Together grant, the Community Response team can now:

  •   establish eight new community first responder (CFR) schemes in currently underserved areas in the East Midlands
  • provide 10 new fully electric multi-capability (Medical and Falls Response) CFR cars
  • introduce 126 new community public access defibrillators (CPADs) predominantly in rural communities where there are above average occurrences of chest pain and sudden cardiac arrest, as well as ensuring all EMAS buildings and ambulance stations have a public access defibrillator on site, available 24/7
  •  equip a Volunteer Doctor Critical Care Car for EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) to provide an enhanced critical care response to patients requiring support across the East Midlands.


Using the funds from the NHS England grant, the team will also:

  •  establish 48 new CFR dispatch points, including the issue of 48 responder kits complete with response bags, full medical equipment, defibrillator, and observations/diagnostics equipment
  •  introduce a Community Resilience Volunteer Trainer to support our Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Clinical Quality Strategy; they will be responsible for the delivery of a rolling bystander CPR training programme in all communities and placement of more defibrillators
  • introduce a Volunteer Operations Support Worker to support A&E and Patient Transport Services with increased demand and capacity pressures in all counties.


Michael Barnett-Connolly, Head of Community Response at East Midlands Ambulance Service said:

“We are so pleased to have secured this funding which will enable us to do even more in the communities we serve. Our volunteers make a huge and valued contribution at EMAS and this work will make a difference to the lives of people within our communities across the region. Through the giving of their free time to support staff and patients, more lives will be saved.”

Would you or someone you know like to be part of our network of volunteers and make a difference to people in your community?

We are currently recruiting  Community Resilience Volunteer Trainers in the areas of:

  • Northamptonshire
  • East Leicestershire
  • South Leicestershire
  • Rutland
  • East Nottinghamshire
  • South Nottinghamshire

In this role, you will form part of a network of trainers delivering a  bystander CPR training programme, helping more lives be saved across the region.

Contact communitytrainer@emas.nhs.uk for more information.

We also have positions available for Volunteer Operations Support Worker across the whole of the East Midlands.

In this role, you will provide support to a number of different teams in EMAS including the movement of vehicles when required, delivering equipment and providing support to our CFR schemes, transporting supplies to ambulance stations and supporting the wellbeing of staff in times of increased demand and pressure on the service.

Contact Robert.Birkin@emas.nhs.uk for more information.