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Homeless people in Leicester to learn lifesaving skills

For immediate release 25 October 2012
For further information Clare O'Keefe
Contact number 01565 682330 or 07525128383

Homeless people in Leicester are set to learn lifesaving skills using a specially-designed method of teaching, thanks to the British Red Cross and Inclusion Healthcare.

The first aid sessions are designed not to be daunting, and will use the Red Cross’ new and simplest approach to teaching – called Everyday First Aid – to pass on vital first aid to vulnerable people and the homeless in two-hour sessions.

The sessions will start on 19 November at Charles Berry House in East Bond Street, in Leicester city centre.

The building is run by Inclusion Healthcare, the Leicester-based social enterprise set up by Dr Anna Hiley GP and consultant nurse Jane Gray in September 2010 to improve the local primary healthcare services for homeless people and other vulnerable groups.

Other sessions are being planned to run in December at their other premises called the Dawn Centre, in Conduit Street.

Homeless people are being told about these lifesaving sessions by GPs, centre workers and via posters.

Chris Morgan, British Red Cross service manager for community based first aid in Leicester, said: “First aid is a vital life skill and should be available for everyone to learn.

“Everyday First Aid sessions are already very visual and hands on so we believe that the group will pick up a lot of the skills just from watching and having a go. The group will pick up vital life saving skills in the two two-hour sessions.”

Jane Gray, a director and consultant nurse from Inclusion Healthcare Social Enterprise CIC (community interest company), which is based in Leicester, said: “Homeless people often miss out on opportunities like this because they tend to be socially isolated.

“However, we already have people coming forward for training and hostel managers are warning me that the sessions may be oversubscribed.”

Chris added: “Everyday First Aid aims to make learning first aid less daunting and uses real life scenarios that people might face to teach very basic ways for dealing with situations like choking or burns.

“We are sure that they will enjoy the session and hope that they will feel more confident to act in an emergency.”

Fully trained Red Cross volunteers and staff in Leicester offer a number of first aid training courses in the area to both individuals and groups with specific needs such as new parents, tenancy and neighbourhood groups and the visually impaired.

To book a place on the course, or for further information, contact the British Red Cross community based first aid team in Leicester on 08450547171.

A new, free online resource has also been launched recently by the charity.

Developed specifically to be easy to learn, easy to do and fit in with people’s busy lives, the resource features videos, real-life scenarios, animations and downloadable content which is designed to be used at people’s own pace.

It can be accessed online at redcross.org.uk/everydayfirstaid.

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Notes to editors

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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