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The Rescue 4 Supporters Club was set up to allow volunteers, who are unable to apply to become callout members, to support the work of the team in other ways. There are two levels of membership offering different opportunities and levels of commitment.
The Rescue 4 Support Crew is made up of volunteers who can commit time, energy, enthusiasm and skills in support of the callout volunteers. They work with the team at events, helping with marshalling and merchandise selling and represent the team at charity events. They may also provide physical support with the team and the vehicles and at any of the events, which include the Postbridge challenge, Hope 24, Armed Forces Day (VE Day in 2020), and the Prison Break. They provide support based on expertise; such as vehicle mechanics, builders, photography, digital marketing etc. Anything that can ease the workload on the existing team members and support the leads in each area.
Support Crewmembers support the First Aid elements of the team; they act as casualties etc for training events, is incredibly valuable for the team and may also be able to fill First Aid response positions for event support, subject to training and insurance requirements.
They actively engage with options to raise funds or obtain equipment from the Team Wishlist, in support of the head of fundraising and often use existing networks to raise awareness of the team and find new sources of support.
The Support Crew also helps organise fundraising events, or promote events, such as fundraising dinners, quiz nights etc. and helps identify the potential individual and business sponsors for team members, search dogs etc. Crew members liaise with event organisers to see where they need help, what areas do they struggle to get volunteers, and help increase the number of volunteers available.
A Support Crew calendar includes all relevant team events, support events and all fundraisers at which the team has a presence allowing crew members to actively recruit additional volunteers for all events.
The Friends of Rescue 4 are volunteers who are unable to offer the same level of commitment that the Support Crew can but are keen to support in equally important ways. They are actively involved in fundraising efforts; completing organised events for sponsorship (Plymouth 10K?), arranging bake sales, spreading the message about Amazon Smile, the SeaMoor Lotto, all to help raise much-needed funds for the team, especially for specific items or projects. They develop and share ideas for fundraising and for merchandising that the Support Crew can bring to life and they help identify and recruit individual and business sponsors for team members, search dogs, and vehicles.
They are also actively involved in team promotion; contributing stories and images to the website and newsletter and encouraging others to subscribe to news, including promoting the work of the team via social media, to raise the profile of the team help raise awareness of the work of the team and the challenges of keeping the unit running. They are always welcome to attend fundraising events as a guest and to introduce their circle to the team.
All members of the Supporters Club are considered part of the wider Rescue 4 team, are kept informed of all team activity and are invited to team related events, including socials.
There are some branded kit items for those actively involved so they are seen to be a part of the Team, when supporting events and activities and a Supporters Club logo has been developed.
Other branded items such as badges and window stickers are given to all supporters so they can share their involvement with, and support of, the team.
Finally, membership of the Support Crew provides a strong foot in the door to becoming a callout member. Although the team doesn’t recruit every year, and there are strict requirements for callout members to meet minimum attendance; joining the Support Crew is an excellent way of demonstrating commitment.