For immediate release 10 October 2011
For further information Catherine Bates
Contact number 0115 850 5954 / 07834 527 105
The British Red Cross is teaming up with The Health Shop in Nottingham to teach life-saving skills to people with drug and alcohol problems in the city. Staff and volunteers will meet on Thursday 13 October at 2pm to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Health Shop’s drop-in centre at 12 Broad Street, Nottingham (NG1 3AL).
Staff and volunteers from the Red Cross have been working with staff at The Health Shop - a free service offered by Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust NHS that gives advice and support around sexual health and substance use - to teach them how to deliver Everyday First Aid, the charity’s simplest ever way of teaching life-saving skills, launched in September this year. Six staff from The Health Shop have been fully trained by the Red Cross to deliver two-hour Everyday First Aid training to their clients as part of their overdose training courses.
Andrew Stewart, first aid learning manager at the Red Cross in Nottingham said: “We’re delighted to be signing an MOU with The Health Shop - over the past few months we have given staff at The Health Shop the training and confidence to give basic first aid training to their clients so that they know what to do in an emergency, proving that you don’t to be first aid or medical expert to teach someone how to save a life.”
Maria Storry, Drug Worker at The Health Shop in Nottingham said: “We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with the Red Cross. Andrew and his team have been so supportive in training The Health Shop staff to deliver the Everyday First Aid to our service users. We feel it is an incredibly important extension to our service and ensures that we are able to empower and educate service users, some of whom are very vulnerable and are at an increased risk of facing a medical emergency.”
Andrew continued: “Everyday First Aid aims to make first aid less daunting and more accessible, allowing people to learn basic skills, such as how to help someone who is unconscious or chocking, in their own time and in ways which are relevant to them. It teaches first aid in a really simple way using real-life scenarios to give people the confidence to act in an emergency.”
The MOU sets out the terms of the partnership which will include ongoing support and training from the Red Cross. Over the next 12 months the Health Shop aim to give first aid training to approximately 100 people as a result of the partnership.
Two-hour Everyday First Aid courses are also open to the public in Nottinghamshire and can be booked online at www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.org.uk. Alternatively, there is a free online resource featuring videos, real-life scenarios, animations and downloadable content which is designed fit in with people’s busy lives and to be used at people’s own pace. It can be accessed online at redcross.org.uk/everydayfirstaid.
To find out more about first aid courses in Nottingham or becoming a first aid volunteer contact Andrew Stewart at AndrewStewart@redcross.org.uk.
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