Responders are people like you

There are many individual Community Responder schemes in the UK.

Almost all the schemes are self-funded and therefore rely on fund-raising and donations from local community, businesses and organisations, to help purchase equipment and keep the schemes operational. They also rely on the volunteers who give up their time to be Responders.

SAFeR Responders all live or work in the Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding area. We currently have ten Responders and others at various stages of application and training. The area which the scheme covers is based on that covered by the Steyning Health Centre.

All our Responders have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau. They carry vital medical equipment like defibrillators, blood pressure monitors and oxymeters, but no drugs.

Responders are from a cross-section of the community – including policemen, firemen, housewives, electricians other occupations and retired people; who all share a desire to help their local community.

Christine Peters is a nutritionist and natural therapist and lives locally. She has been involved with SAFeR from the start and is the team leader for Steyning: “It’s good to be able to put something back into the community. I’ve been trained by the professionals to deal with emergency situations and I’ve been called out to all sorts of different cases. It’s so good to know that I can help, whether it’s an elderly person who’s had a fall and been cut or bruised, someone who’s had an accident, perhaps on a sports pitch or in the home, or if it’s a more serious life threatening case.”