On 25th October, the JOIN Board came together in Brussels for a regular meeting. Christian Meyer-Landrut (Germany) joined the meeting as the newest member of the Board. The massive effort of all JOIN members to deliver material, medical and financial aid to Ukrainian refugees was discussed, and the JOIN Office gave feedback on the working groups’ activities, the Volunteer Swap programme and the MED1stMR project. Continue reading
The Alliance of the Orders of St John meets in Rome
In the second week of October, the triennial conference of the Alliance of the four Orders of St John and the Order of Malta was held in Rome. Lord Prior Prof Mark Compton, Herrenmeister Oskar Prinz von Preussen, Commander Otto Drakenberg, Coajutor Ernst Karel Greven and Lieutenant of Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap represented the five Orders and fostered collaboration. The participants shared the upcoming project for psycho-social care with mobile support units for vulnerable people in Western Ukraine. JOIN Chairman Mark Broughton and Vice-Chairman Christian Velten-Jameson participated in the conference. Continue reading
Update on humanitarian aid for Ukraine
With the continued distressing situation in Ukraine, our members continue and expand their aid. Next to immediate emergency relief, transport services, as well as support for refugees, many of our members carry out arranged deliveries to Ukraine. Our Hungarian member delivered requested van-loads of durable food, hygiene products and school supplies to Transcarpathia. Johanniter Germany donated urgently needed medical supplies and sleeping bags as well as a car to be delivered to the affected areas in Ukraine. Read all updates on our network activity for Ukraine here.
JOIN Office at Zukunftstag in Berlin
From 26th to 28th October, Johanniter Germany organised its fourth annual event dedicated to the future of the organisation. This year’s conference focussed on human resources and employer branding. Participants from all over Germany met in Berlin for the launch of the new employer brand, discussed topics of employee recruitment and retention in various workshops and exchanged ideas. The JOIN Office participated in the workshops and presented the Volunteer Swap and its opportunities to the participants.
Johanniter Austria and Germany carry out civil protection exercise
From 30th September to 1st October, the Research & Innovation Center of Johanniter Austria organised a civil protection exercise simulating a derailed train caused by a fallen tree on the tracks during a thunderstorm. Newly developed technologies for disaster control were tested, including rescue robots with an obstacle detection and avoidance system, gas sensors and a new digital patient guidance system. The exercise was carried out in cooperation with the disaster relief service and implemented together with local experts, voluntary civil protection organisations and Johanniter Germany. Read more (in German) here.
Winter Volunteer Swap opportunities in Bavaria
Three new winter-sport events in Bavaria, Germany, are now part of the Volunteer Swap programme. Do you want to provide first aid and ambulance services with Johanniter in Oberstdorf at the Ski Jumping World Cup in December 2022, at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in January 2023, or at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in February 2023? Simply choose your Volunteer Swap event and contact the JOIN-Office. Find all details here.
Report by an English volunteer at the Berlin Marathon
In the last weekend of September, 19 Austrian and two English volunteers joined the 300 helpers from all over Germany to provide first aid at the Berlin Marathon. Johanniter ensured the safety of the runners and of the spectators along the course, which was exactly 42.195 km long. Read the report by Jake Carpenter from St John Ambulance about his Volunteer Swap experience here.
An English volunteer at the European Championships Munich
In August, Johanniter Germany provided first aid and medical cover for participants and spectators at the European Championship in Munich. Peter Clark, a volunteer of St John Ambulance, joined his German colleagues for the biggest sports event in Germany since the 1972 Summer Olympics. The European Championships featured nine Olympic sports: Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing, Sport Climbing, Table Tennis and Triathlon. Read the report by Peter here.
News from the members
Restart a Heart: JOIN members train the public in CPR
Restart a Heart Day is held every year on 16th October and brings people together to increase public awareness of cardiac arrests and increase the number of people trained in life-saving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillator use. Our members train the public in CPR thought the year, but increasingly organise focussed events throughout October. Our English member invited as many people as possible to learn CPR through a mix of face to face and digital opportunities. Alongside delivering awareness sessions and hosting CPR demonstrations, St John Ambulance provides accessible resources and translated materials to the public. Our Polish member organised a training event with local partners and took up its training programme for children, and our Cypriot member runs a large awareness and training campaign.
News from Europe
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
Held on 13th October every year since 1989, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress being made toward preventing and reducing disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods, economies and basic infrastructure. Many of our JOIN members are involved in this field, including the worldwide efforts of Johanniter International Assistance and the Order of St John.
Update on the MED1stMR project: development of scenario editor for virtual enviroonments
The MED1stMR project is developing an innovative mixed reality (MR) training programme for medical first responders. One of the keys to achieve this goal is to design the technology in such a way that it can be used intuitively by the instructors and the trainees. The current focus of the development is the scenario editor that allows instructors to create virtual environments and adapt training scenarios. It enables easy manipulation of contexts, situation and settings of the scenarios to be trained (type of disaster, victims, injuries and additional stress cues for trainees). Continue reading