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First Aid First…

Published: Mon, 29 Dec 2014
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Demonstrating resuscitation
Demonstrating resuscitation
Some 24 mums and dads, Early Years staff/volunteers and GK House Youth Leaders and volunteers have taken part in free Paediatric First Aid and First Aid training run by Lisanelly Regeneration Group.
The group was awarded a community grant by us and arranged for the courses to be held in GK House at Gortview Close.
The aim was to provide local residents with the tools necessary to help in an emergency situation whilst they wait for the Emergency Services to arrive.  
One local mum had a very personal reason for taking part in the training.  When her son was just nine months old he choked and she simply didn’t know what to do so the opportunity to undertake the Paediatric First Aid could not be passed up.  She said:
"Today’s training was fantastic.  As a mummy my kids are constantly getting bumps and cuts, I walked away today feeling so much more confident in how to deal with the daily issues that arise but also with the serious stuff.
“I just wish I had some of these skills when my wee boy choked.  Thankfully he is okay but now if anything like that happens again I will not panic and be able to put my skills into practice.   Thank you for this course."
A number of Sure Start staff and volunteers also availed of the training opportunity to either obtain or upgrade skills.  One expressed her delight with the experience saying the ‘training was fantastic’.  She complimented the trainer Lisanelly Regeneration Group employed describing him as ‘first-class’ and finished by saying it’s ‘the best first aid course I have ever taken part in.’
Ashley Moore, from Lisanelly Regeneration Group who co-ordinated the two training courses, was pleased with the opportunity to have such necessary training at the heart of the community:
“Having a good basic knowledge of First Aid is important as it helps you not to panic if you are faced with an emergency situation.  The response from everyone has been so positive and those lucky enough to take part have been full of praise.  I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for providing us with the grant.”
Jackie O’Neill, from our office in Omagh echoed Ashley’s comments and went on to say…
“Whilst the grant we were able to give was not huge, this shows even a small amount can make a considerable difference to people’s lives.”