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Thanks for our ‘pierwszej pomocy’ [first aid] course

27 February 2012

© InfoA community group of Polish families with disabled children has thanked the Red Cross for their *‘wspaniały’ bespoke first aid course (that means *brilliant, incidentally).

The group of around 20 families, which meets weekly at a social club in Southampton, asked the Red Cross for help so volunteer trainer Azalia Gosling went along in late January.

She said: “We regularly help people with disabilities and with specific cultural needs, so this group ticked both boxes.”

Practical demonstrations

She added: “Bespoke training is very important as students know precisely what they will get out of a session and can learn at their own pace.”

All the parents spoke English, but occasionally group members broke off for a side discussion in Polish, to review what had been taught in more detail.

The session also involved lots of practical first aid demonstrations and the families – both adults and children – were really keen to have a go and get some practice.

‘More confident’

Anna Weglarek took her disabled nine-year-old daughter, Alicja. She said: “I thought it was very useful and hands-on. It’s good to have the practice, so if something happens in real life you’ll be ready. It’s made me feel more confident.”

Young Alicja added: “It was brilliant. I prefer to learn by having a go so I was glad we could do that – I learned a lot.”

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