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St John's Ambulance moves into new Kidderminster home

Kidderminster unit volunteers started using their new accommodation this week and the charity’s training provision will join them, providing a full range of first aid plus health and safety courses from next month (December).

St John Ambulance has moved in to a new home in Kidderminster as the health charity makes a £175,000 investment in the town.

Refurbishment of replacement premises in Elgar House is complete and St John has a five-year lease.

The move to larger facilities at Elgar House means more people can be trained in life saving skills, the current team of 15 volunteers can expand, and the charity can work towards relaunching its popular programmes for young people in the town.

Ben Pallante, St John’s district manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire said: “This new venue is vital support for our activities in the local community.

“Along with providing us an opportunity to grow our volunteer base in a modern venue, we’re looking at setting up youth units again in Kidderminster.”

Issues with the size, age and condition of St John’s previous building meant it was no longer fit for purpose, so the move has been welcome by the town’s volunteers.

And an event marking the official opening of St John Ambulance’s new home is being planned for December.

“Moving to Elgar House is be a huge boost for our membership and image in Kidderminster,” Ben added.

“I’m sure it will motivate our existing volunteers to continue with the great work they do, as well as encouraging more people to join St John Ambulance.”

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