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Volunteer Recruitment

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust proudly offers both patient facing and non-patient facing volunteering opportunities. All vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website and are subject to relevant recruitment / HR checks.

If you are unable to find a current recruitment campaign for the role you are interested in we welcome you to register interest here: Volunteer Expression of Interest. We will contact you when the next recruitment campaign starts in your selected area for the roles selected.

(Personal details will be stored from this survey for 12 months and then removed)


Estimated 2023/2024 volunteer recruitment campaigns (subject to change, dates not confirmed and provided as guidance only)

Community First Responder Recruitment

County Advert Launch Date  Application Closing date  Interview Dates Course dates  Training Location
Bristol & Somerset 26th June 2023 7th July 2023 3rd - 9th August 2023 16th, 17th & 30th September and 1st, 14th & 15th October 2023 Bridgwater
Gloucestershire  3rd July 2023 21st July 2023 14th - 18th August 2023 30th September & 1st, 14th & 15th October 2023  Skill Zone
Dorset 7th August 2023 18th August 2023 11th - 15th September 2023 14th, 15th, 28th & 29th October 2023 Dorchester
Cornwall 28th August 2023 8th September 2023 5th -12th October 2023 17th & 18th November 1st, 2nd & 3rd December 2023 Indian Queens
IOS 28th August 2023 8th September 2023 5th -12th October 2023 1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th November 2023 IOS
Bristol & Somerset 6th November 2023 17th November 2023 11th - 15th December 2023 13th, 14th, 27th, 28th January and 10th & 11th February 2024 Bridgwater
North/East Devon 20th November 2023 1st December 2023 15th - 21st January 2024 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th February 2024 tbc
Dorset 4th December 2023 15th December 2023 8th - 12th January 2024 3rd, 4th, 17th & 18th February 2024 St Leonards
South/West Devon 18th December 2023 29th December 2023 29th Jan - 2nd February 2024 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th March 2024 Derriford
Wiltshire 8th January 2024 19th January 2024 12th - 16th February 2024 16th, 17th, 30th & 31st March 2024 Methuen Park

Current recruitment locations

We want to make the whole of the South West a safer place to live. To achieve this, recruitment areas are under constant review and will be updated on each campaign. This helps ensure we meet the needs of the communities across the South West.


Ambulance Service Volunteer - Crew Welfare Car Recruitment

Dates TBC

*Truro, Plymouth, Bristol, Bournemouth, Gloucester and Swindon.

Who can I talk to?

If you would like any additional information please contact the Community Responder Officer for the county that you would like to volunteer in.

Role Descriptions

Community First Responder 

Ambulance Service Volunteer

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: Donate to South Western Ambulance Charity | Give as you Live Donate