When Peredur Owen Griffiths, MS for the South Wales East Region, and Luke Fletcher, MS for South Wales West were offered the chance to join St John Ambulance Cymru volunteers on the night shift at the Swansea Help Point they jumped on the chance to see the city centre facility in action.
The Help Point is a specialist treatment facility manned by St John Ambulance Cymru volunteers, Police Officers and student volunteers. Located on The Strand in Swansea city centre, it provides care to vulnerable people who require treatment as a result of accidents, injuries, or violent attacks whilst enjoying nights out in the city.
It opens its doors every Wednesday and Saturday night between 10pm and 4am, as well as on bank holidays and nights where a large number of revellers are expected in the city centre.
The aim of the help point is to divert intoxicated people away from the care of police officers, and reduce the number of people needing to call the emergency services out or attend NHS Accident and Emergency departments.
Peredur and Luke were accompanied on the Wednesday night shift by Benjamin Savage, St John Ambulance Cymru’s Chief Operating Officer, who says:
“Being a part of the Help Point is something very important to us, as an organisation.
It’s seen the creation of strong partnerships with both the police and Trinity St Davids’ Swansea campus, which have allowed us to live out our vision to provide first aid for everyone, anytime, anywhere.
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Peredur and Luke to the facility to see first hand the real contribution the Help Point makes to the safety of the city.”
Peredur Owen Griffiths MS said: “I was grateful for the opportunity to shadow St John’s Ambulance Cymru staff whilst they were on duty in Swansea city centre overnight”
"The experience not only showed how dedicated their volunteers are but also how vital this service is. The Help Point provides a safe place for people who are in vulnerable situations to be assessed and treated. Seeing this crucial work up close was informative and inspiring."
[Above: L, R Jon Williams – St John Ambulance Cymru County Operations Manager, Benjamin Savage – St John Ambulance Cymru Chief Operating Officer, Peredur Owen Griffiths MS, Luke Fletcher MS]
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