Voluntary Organisations

This is a national voluntary group providing emergency logistics support in times of need. We are typically tasked either by the emergency services or local authorities, and are used to provide transport of people and equipment in our own vehicles, as well as numerous other tasks. We have roles available for all ages and abilities, ranging from 4x4 drivers and crew members through to the back office control team. If you're interested in finding out more about how to use your 4x4 to make a real difference to your community, please go to our website and come along to one of our monthly social team meetings to find out more.

Wessex Flood Rescue

Wessex Flood Rescue

We are a volunteer group associated to the National Governing Body Charity Surf Life Saving Great Britain (SLSGB); a charity that teaches water rescue, water safety and life saving techniques. The services the unit provides are a nationally accredited flood rescue response Type B team that complies with the DEFRA and the Fire and Rescue Service National Coordination Centre (FRSNCC)  standards, to work alongside the blue light services in times of threat to the communities to respond to flooding.  The unit consists of approx. 35 volunteers from the local communities of Poole, Branksome Chine, Southbourne, Christchurch and Bournemouth, Dorset has the biggest Flood Rescue Unit affiliated to SLSGB.   The Unit was created in response to the coastal and flash flooding devastation seen in 2013 and most members are qualified Lifeguards.

Wessex Flood Rescue website

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is a voluntary search and rescue organisation able to deploy throughout Dorset and neighbouring counties to join other SAR groups in the search and rescue of vulnerable missing persons. We provide an additional resource to the local police which is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. We are always looking for new members who are prepared to make a commitment to DorSAR and the wider community. Potential members need to be at least 18 and fulfil certain requirements regarding fitness and training. Potential members must undergo a Police vetting check. Full details can be found on our website.



The Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network is the UK’s national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs.

RAYNET was formed in 1953 following the severe East coast flooding, to provide a way of organising the valuable resource that Amateur Radio is able to provide to the community.

Since then, it has grown into a very active organisation with around 2000 members, providing communication assistance on many hundreds of events each year.

Amateur Radio operators have access to a wide range of radio bands, operating modes and equipment which allows RAYNET to offer a unique range of emergency communication services to our user services. Coupled with our members endless resourcefulness, RAYNET is regarded as a professional support organisation by both the statutory and volunteer emergency service organisations.

The National Association of Blood Bikes provides free out of hours medical transportation services to the NHS.  The Association transports donated blood and blood products to both hospitals and air ambulances through the UK, the UK network of members all support their local NHS trusts in addition to transporting donated breast milk to poorly premature babies on behalf of the NHS.

The local Blood Bikes group for Dorset is based in Yeovil, Somerset.  To ride for any Blood Bikes group, you must be over 25 years of age, hold a full unrestricted motorcycle licence and have had no recent “at fault” accidents. You must also hold a recognised advanced riding qualification such as IAM or ROSPA. If you are working towards an advanced qualification you can still join as a non-rider. We always need people to help in non-riding positions such as admin, fundraising, publicity or garage maintenance to mention a few. These essential support positions enable the group to provide the reliable service that is valued by hospitals and patients alike. YFW Blood Bikes is a registered charity, number 299434

Victim Support (VS) is the leading independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic events in England and Wales.  Our purpose is to provide specialist support to help people cope and recover to the point where they feel they are back on track with their lives.  


Our service is free, confidential and available to anyone affected by crime or traumatic events, regardless of whether it was reported or how long ago it happened.   Our specialist teams deliver tailored support and work closely with the agencies of the criminal justice system and other organisations to ensure victims get the support the need and the respect they deserve.

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