Joining Midshires

A group of our members in the countryside, in Midshires hi-visibility jackets, talking together in the sunshine behind our parked cars 
just before commencing a training exercise. We are in a clearing with bushes behind us, and a tree-covered hill in the distance.

As the need arises Midshires recruits new members at certain times in the year. Those joining us not only reap the reward from saving lives and helping others in need, but also benefit from being part of a close knit team.

Our volunteers value the camaraderie and friendship they share, and profit from learning new skills and from the free training, informative talks, conferences and events in which they partake.

Operational member

Midshires welcomes new operational members. The more search volunteers we have, the better the chance of successful search and rescues.

You will need to:

  • be physically fit
  • be of good character
  • have your own transport, mobile phone and Internet access
  • be available for a reasonable proportion of the week to attend callouts

Full training will be provided – this will demand regular attendance at exercises and educational sessions throughout the year in addition to actual call-outs. Basic training encompasses Search Skills, Navigation, First Aid, Radio Communications and Health and Safety, with later opportunity to progress to more advance levels.

Support Member

As a charitable organisation which offers its services free of charge, Midshires has a support team that is busy throughout the year raising funds from both public donations and grant applications.

This essential role requires dedicated members willing to organise and run fundraising activities and to write detailed applications to charitable trusts and similar providers.

Membership of the support team may be attractive to those not able to engage in the demands of active search, but who would gain satisfaction from keeping the group operational.

How to Apply

If you would like to join Midshires, as either an operational or support member, the steps are:

  1. Contact our membership secretary (opens in a new window). Include your contact details so we can contact you.
  2. Details of prospective members are recorded, and when a viable number is reached we will invite you to an induction event where more details on Midshires activities will be explained.
  3. If you then wish to continue with the application you complete the formal application form.

Then, for prospective operational members:

  1. At that time you will need to provide the names of two referees, and undergo a “Non-Police Personnel Vetting” check.
  2. Once accepted as a provisional operational member, you will be invited to attend regular evening training sessions and, after a period of at least three months appraisal, may be recommended for permanent membership.

Or, for prospective support members:

  1. Provisional support members will be invited to attend evening training sessions.
  2. After three months appraisal you may be recommended for permanent membership.