Irish Community Rapid Response

Help volunteer doctors in your community to save lives.

5 Step Guide to

Irish Community Rapid Response


"Welcome to the ChangeX ICRR Community Champion guide! We're delighted you're thinking about becoming an ICRR Community Champion. We will support and help in many ways, this guide is just the first step and will provide you with an overview of what's involved. We're looking forward to having you on board!" - John Kearney, Irish Community Rapid Response

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As a community champion you’ll need to commit to approximately 5 hours a week

Decide to become a Community Champion

Once you've Registered to get Started through ChangeX and you've had a quick call you'll be connected with John, the founder of ICRR. This will help you in deciding that becoming an ICRR Community Champion is right for you. Following a Skype or phone introduction to introduce the idea more fully to you and for him to learn more about why you want to be involved, John or someone from his team will arrange to visit you in your community.

The purpose of this visit is to ensure that you're fully up to speed on the mission and ethos of ICRR and particularly how it works at the community level. You'll get a full induction pack and a full overview of the supports available as you set out on your ICRR journey

On a mission to save lives in communities across Ireland the top 3 challenges faced by ICRR are:

  1. Building trust in local communities
  2. Fundraising locally to support volunteer doctors
  3. Communication and local awareness

In partnership with the local G.P., ICRR and your team of local volunteers, your community unit will focus on these three areas.

Complete training


You'll also be assigned a mentor who'll give you ongoing support and advice so don't worry about knowing everything after your first training session.

After meeting with ICRR and getting a full understanding of how you can support ICRR services in your area, it'll be time to complete training. ICRR have designed a tailored training programme for community champions and this will be delivered in small groups on a geographic basis.

The training will ensure you have everything you need to begin operating as a local champion in your community including:

  • How ICRR works with existing emergency services
  • Local engagement
  • Building your team
  • Generating awareness in the community
  • Working effectively with the national network

Build relationship with local medical team

Your relationship with the local medical team will be crucial to the success of ICRR in your area.

After your first visit with ICRR, you'll be introduced to the G.P. and they'll also be involved in the training process so by now you'll know them very well! There are a number of different levels of medical volunteer and together with the local G.P. you'll help to build this team over time depeding on the level of demand in your area.


You can arrange a visit to one of the ICRR centres in Cork or Wicklow to see exactly how they operate.

Bronze Service

Lay people trained up to different levels of Basic Life Support and some off duty ambulance staff as well as nurses, all of these are volunteers and respond to 999 emergencies for the national ambulance service for their community.

Silver Service

Doctors who volunteer at different levels who responded at Advanced Life Support level for the national ambulance service under the 999 system.

Build your team

As well as your team of medical volunteers, having some help with fundraising, communications, financial management will be a great help.

Don't worry if this sounds daunting at first. It'll take some time to get this level but once you've created some awareness in your area and the medical volunteers are responding to emergencies, awareness and support will grow and people will want to be a part of it.

All the skills you might need in your team as it grows will be covered in your training and induction but here's the full list:

  • PR & marketing
  • Logistics
  • IT & social media
  • Fundraising & finance
Ongoing training and support in these areas will also be available for you and your team of volunteers.

Develop local engagment & fundraising plan

Now that you have your team in place, it's time to come up with a local engagement and fundraising plan. This plan will cover how you spread the word about the work of ICRR in your local community and come up with fundraising plans to ensure that the local medical team has the equipment and resources it needs to operate effectively.

Who are the stakeholders in your community that you need to engage with to ensure that ICRR is a success in your community?

Typically these would include:

  • Your local GAA club
  • Your local IFA board
  • Your local hospital
  • Local businesses
You'll by fully supported by ICRR and your mentor in developing this plan.