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Young people learn life saving skills to keep them safe on the street

17 May 2012

Cheltenham teenagers have been taught life-saving first aid skills thanks to the British Red Cross.

The every day first aid course not only covered basic first aid, but taught young people aged between 11 and 19 how to deal with drunken friends, street violence and wounds from bottles or weapons.

The two-hour sessions have provided 66 young people with the skills and confidence to deal with these situations. It has been funded by a £2,160 grant from local partners including NHS Gloucestershire and Cheltenham Borough Council.

Lisa Stafford, British Red Cross community based first aid service manager, said: “The skills learned during the training will enable these young people to save lives. Not only does it teach them essential life-saving skills, it also raises their aspirations and helps them improve their own life chances. It is all about adapting simple first-aid tips to the lives of these teenagers.

“Many young people encounter others who have drunk alcohol to excess or experienced violence on the streets including wounds from bottles and weapons. The training provides them with the skills and confidence to deal with these situations.”

Scenarios facing the young people include an unconscious person or someone who is bleeding heavily. They also learnt what to do if someone had crashed into something and broken a bone or suffered a head injury after being punched or hit over the head.

The programme proved to be a huge hit with the youngsters because it is quick, easy to learn and relevant to their everyday lives.

County Community Project (CCP) education centre pupil Shaun Morris, aged 15, from Cheltenham, took part in the course at Cheltenham 1st Stop and said: “I thought I knew what to do when helping someone who was hurt, but actually I didn’t and now I do.”

Becky Tomkins, tutor at the CCP education centre added: “The first aid training was really on the students’ level and they engaged really well with how practical and informative it was. The examples used were really true to the students’ life and situations they may find themselves in.”

It has been made possible after the Red Cross successfully bid for funding which had been made available from local partners as part of their commitment to provide more positive activities for young people.

Councillor Klara Sudbury, cabinet member for housing and safety at Cheltenham Borough Council: “This course will help young people achieve a skill that will help them in many walks of life. It will make a positive difference to young people and a worthwhile contribution to the community they live in. We are glad that the British Red Cross is using the grant in such a constructive manner.”


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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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