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Migrant workers at Herefordshire farm to receive first aid training from the British Red Cross

For immediate release: Monday, 4 July, 2011
For further information: Rebecca McIlhone rmcilhone@redcross.org.uk
Contact number:  0117 3012624 or 07525 128297
 
Hundreds of migrant workers from Bulgaria, working on a farm in Herefordshire during the fruit picking season, are being offered first aid tips by the British Red Cross on Thursday (7 July).

All 400 employees of S&A Produce’s Brierley Court Farm, in Herefordshire, have been invited to attend the evening first aid training session on Thursday, 7 July, to learn how to look after cuts, bruises and other everyday injuries, as well as learning skills like CPR to use in the case of more serious health emergencies.

Red Cross community based first aid trainer Amanda Smith says: “We approached S&A Produce and they were really happy to invite us along to offer this free training session to the workers.

“The Red Cross works extensively with refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers and we know that many of the people who work at Brierley Court Farm are from isolated rural communities back home in Bulgaria, with limited access to healthcare in an emergency. With this in mind we hope the skills they learn will be something that will stay with them and also that they will make a link with the Red Cross movement that may continue when they return home.”

Six casualty simulation volunteers will be on hand to use special makeup to simulate wounds on some of the workers. First aid volunteers will then demonstrate to groups of workers how to treat the different injuries. The Red Cross will use very accessible Everyday First Aid methods to do the training using real life scenarios and ordinary household and everyday items, like a tea towel to stem bleeding or wrap around ice, to give people the confidence to act - whatever the circumstances.

Amanda says: “The workers are all Bulgarian and speak limited English so the training will be done with the help of an interpreter. We’re also going to have some therapeutic care volunteers there to provide people with gentle therapeutic hand and shoulder massage to promote a sense of well-being. We want to give them a nice welcome and also some useful skills they can take home with them. Our hope is some may even consider getting involved as Red Cross volunteers here and in Bulgaria.”

Jude Norcott from S&A Produce says: “We always try to offer the workers as many activities as possible that might interest them. They’re here for a long time and it’s good to offer them activities that they will enjoy, but that will be useful to them too. In this case they will be learning skills they can take back to Bulgaria with them, so that’s great.”

For more information about first aid training available in your community call Amanda Smith on 01432 373041.

For more information on the British Red Cross please visit www.redcross.org.uk

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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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