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Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
Course: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Category: Allied and public health

16 April 2018

Student paramedic Cerian Barrell

I am a paramedic student and have been volunteering for the Cub Scout Association, gaining skills in leadership, teamworking and problem solving at my local Cub 'Pack'.

I am Cub Section Assistant and have been assisting with the running of evening activities for young people in scouting. I most enjoy watching a Cub come to their first session and helping them increase their confidence and allowing them to thrive in new and exciting opportunities.

I have learnt the importance of teamwork, leadership and organisation – all while working as a team to deliver activities and leading young people to develop their personal skills. My role is of benefit to young people in the community so they have the chance to participate in adventurous activities, make friends and experience the outdoors.

My career aspiration is to become a paramedic and volunteering has allowed me to engage with young people and improve many skills that are essential for my career such as problem solving, leadership and confidence. Volunteering has allowed me to work towards a qualification alongside my volunteering activities and my studies.

Steff Smith, Scout leader at 1st Broomfield Cub Pack, said:

“Cerian takes a really active part in the running of the Cub Pack. Although she had only been with us a few weeks she attended our Sixer/Seconder Camp held for our older Cubs. She really did a lot at this camp, especially as we had two injured Leaders, one with a sprained wrist, one with a back injury.

"There was a lot of work involved as this was a back to basics camp, under canvas and all cooking done on our camp fire. She stayed at camp until late on Sunday evening and was a real help. She has fitted in really well to the Pack; she relates well with both Cubs and with the other Leaders, she even came along to the Cubs 'flashmob' and danced in the middle of Chelmsford High Street!  We feel we can really rely on her and it's great to have her as part of our Leader team."

By Cerian Barrell



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