Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue (BLSAR) is recruiting volunteers to join them to help search for missing vulnerable people such as children or those suffering with dementia.

The team is based in Wokingham and covers the whole of Berkshire, working in partnership with Thames Valley Police to search for missing people. More volunteers are needed to ensure the team can continue to provide a high level of assistance 24/7. Its members are volunteers and come from all walks of life from nursery nurses to company directors and includes serving Police Officers. Training takes place every Thursday evening and covers subjects such as search skills, first aid, communications and rescue techniques.

The team is a charity and one of 36 in the country that provide specialist search and rescue services to the Police and has been running for over 35 years. They have approximately 40-50 callouts per year.

Kris Manning, spokesperson for BLSAR said “If a member of your family went missing you’d want to know that everything possible was being done to find them. When a high risk missing person is reported it is vital that searchers are on the ground quickly, especially when bad weather makes the risk to the missing person even greater.

If you are looking for a truly unique and rewarding volunteering opportunity, have a love of the outdoors and want to help us save lives then we would love to hear from you. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary and full training is given. You’ll learn new skills that you can use anywhere in life, make new friends and of course make a vital difference to the most vulnerable members of our communities. “

Kris continues by saying “Becoming a Search Technician with us can be the most rewarding experience of your life and allows you to reach out to somebody in need. Ensuring that when a vulnerable person goes missing there is always somebody ready to go look for them.”

If you are interested in joining please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 0300 321 0384 to speak to a member of the team.