With a Big Lottery Fund grant of £4,842 the British Red Cross is delivering the ‘First Aid for All’ project. Over 12 months, this project will provide a minimum of 350 people in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, with the skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to save a life in the event of an emergency or accident.
While a person can die from a blocked airway in three to four minutes, almost half of all ambulance call-outs in Gwynedd take more than eight minutes to respond. With the recent closure of the community hospital, people living in Blaenau Ffestiniog, the third largest town in Gwynedd, will need to travel considerably further to receive treatment for an accident or emergency.
By teaching first aid to people in the local community, and hard-to-reach vulnerable groups in particular, this project is enabling people to respond in a crisis.
What the project offers:
- First aid courses are provided for groups in the community free of charge, and are offered in Welsh and/or English.
- The courses give people an experience for further learning and development, allowing individuals to grow in confidence as they learn to save lives.
- The project trains local people to be volunteer First Aid educators, so that people in Blaenau Ffestiniog are able to continue receiving first aid training beyond the end of the project.