Our volunteers are right at the heart of Air Ambulance NI – we literally couldn’t fly without them.
Volunteers help in all kinds of ways – from helping at supermarket bag packs and community events to managing collection boxes and representing the charity as ambassadors in the local community.
In return they have fun, learn new skills, meet people and make new friends. They come from all walks of life – some are retired, others between jobs or gaining experience to broaden their skillset. Others have personal experience of the service.
We have 3 broad volunteering roles depending on your interests and availability – you can find out more by clicking on the buttons below.
‘Now that I am semi-retired, I wanted to use the extra time by offering my services to a professional charity that serves the whole community. My research of AANI showed passion and dedication to saving lives and I really want to help that cause in any way I possibly can. I am delighted to be part of the team.’ Tracy Strachan, County Antrim, Community Ambassador and Collection Box Coordinator
‘Volunteering with AANI is a great way to get out, meet people and go to things I never would go to otherwise. There’s no-one who can say they won’t need the help of AANI sometime so that’s why I think it’s so important and so well received by the people who donate at the events. As a motorcyclist I can see why this service is so important, so that’s why I volunteer.’ Alan Morrow, County Armagh, Casual Volunteer
‘Over the course of the first lockdown I saw how hard the front line and essential staff were working to help others. It made me want to volunteer to help out so I started looking around to see where my efforts would be best placed and AANI interested me. I was impressed with the work they were doing and I then read that their first tasking was the same day my first child was born. I took this as a good sign and I applied the same day. That was around 6 months ago and I am settled in now. I am enjoying the virtual catch ups but cannot wait until I can get up to visit the base and get out to events to help in any way I can.’ Andrew Keown, County Tyrone, Collection Box Coordinator
‘I really enjoy my role as Community Ambassador for Air Ambulance NI as I go out in the community to give talks to raise awareness of the charity and the unique partnership the charity has with NIAS……. I find it really rewarding to go out and give these talks as the charity has tremendous public support.’ Jen Harkness, County Down, Community Ambassador and Collection Box Coordinator
Investing In Volunteers
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Investing in Volunteers (IiV) accreditation, in April 2021. The IiV accreditation is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. It acts as a seal of approval for an organisation’s ability to provide an outstanding volunteer experience by thoroughly assessing the quality of volunteer management and involvement. Find out more about Investing in Volunteers by clicking here.
Whether you can give a few hours a month or a day a year we would really welcome your help and support! You can register your interest below or by calling the charity office on 28 9262 2677. We’ll then contact you for a chat about how you can best help us.