Become a SARS charity volunteer!

Volunteering is at the heart of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service. Our specialist clinicians volunteer hundreds of hours each year attending serious medical incidents in our region all at no cost to the patient, ambulance service or taxpayer. We currently have a small group of dedicated charity volunteers who are providing vital support to SARS by offering their time and skills in many different ways. Our charity really is a team effort and we cannot grow without the support of more charity volunteers who can give their time and support to help keep the service running.

We urgently need more non-clinical volunteers, whether you can help us occasionally during the year by providing support at fundraising events or on a more regular basis by taking on specific projects. As a SARS volunteer you will be playing a vital role in helping us expand our activity and enable us to help more critically ill patients in and around Suffolk.
By volunteering for a small charity like SARS you will have the chance to make a real impact.


SARS charity volunteer vacancies
These are a few of the roles where we currently need help but if you have other skills which you think could make a difference, please get in touch!

Assistant Fundraisers - SARS relies on voluntary donations and grants to support its life-saving activities. Can you help us secure the vital funds we need to expand our activity? There is a variety of roles available ranging from taking on your own individual fundraising projects to researching new potential fundraising opportunities.

Assistant Administrator - We need urgent help in our head office (Ipswich) to deal with correspondence and general charity paperwork. Even a few hours a week would make a difference.

Event Supporters - We get invited to many events around Suffolk and currently cannot attend as many as we would like. This is very social role and absolutely integral to building awareness of our charity and helping raise funds for SARS.

Trustees - We are currently looking for new trustees who have experience in either the financial or legal arenas. You will be asked to play a key role in the strategic direction of our charity and be expected to attend quarterly meetings and the SARS AGM.


Volunteer story

Elizabeth Berry, Volunteer SARS speaker
"My other half spotted a plea from SARS on Facebook for volunteer speakers to help raise awareness of the Charity, so I looked into it further. I began to understand the amazing work that they do and how vital it is that their work continues. Whilst I knew I would be of absolutely no assistance to them at a roadside emergency, one thing I knew I could do was stand up in front of a group of people and talk. Raising awareness raises funds which enable the SARS volunteer Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics to use their particular skills to save lives.

We all have skills but we either don't realise we have them and just think we're no different to everyone else or we don't think that our skill would necessarily help SARS. Believe me, you do have them and they are needed, whatever they are!
What do I get from it? I get to meet a lot of amazing, generous and lovely people. I go to places I wouldn't have normally gone to and have the satisfaction of feeling that I'm contributing just a little to help."


Becoming a SARS charity volunteer

It's really simple, check our current volunteer vacancies section to find a role that you are interested in. Apply for the role by downloading and filling out our application form at the bottom of this page. Once we have received your application form we can invite you to a volunteer induction.
Induction
The SARS volunteer induction is a chance for you to find out more about SARS and the role for which you applied, meet our head office staff and ask any questions.
Training
The training you get will depend on the volunteer role you want to do. This may be on the job training or 1:1 support.
Support
We are a small charity but whatever role you do you will be supported, either by a fellow volunteer or a member of staff.
Progression
There may be opportunities to progress in your volunteering with SARS. This really depends on you and how much you'd like to be involved. It is also a great opportunity to learn many transferable skills which can help you in any future career.
Apply to be a SARS charity volunteer
Please download and complete our Volunteer Application Form here. You can then either email it to us or post it to: Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, Turret House, 2 Turret Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DL

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We receive no statutory funding

Our charity relies entirely on voluntary donations to fund equipment and training and help us offer the best possible service to the people of Suffolk and its surrounding areas.