Practical First Aid

Serious Fun!

Sarah Ledger gives an interesting report on the recent First Aid training:

On the first Wednesday in June ‘StorKies’ ran a very successful First Aid evening for parents and carers of the group and church members who felt that they would benefit from spending an evening hearing about and getting hands on experience of important life-saving adult and paediatric techniques. The event was publicised across the Benefice and we had a very good turn out. Here’s some feedback for you in case you couldn’t make it and would like to come next time.

Storkies Firstaid training discussion

Storkies Firstaid training discussion

Our trainer Gaby and her team were fantastic and led a two hour session in a very informative and practical style about issues such as adult and child resuscitation ,choking, burns and scalds and recognising the symptoms of acute illnesses such as meningitis. It all sounds very serious and of course it was – but the message was given in an informal atmosphere which included some hilarity, especially when the dummies ( I’m not talking about Rev. Yvonne or me) were brought out!

As you can see from the photographs some of the role playing of emergency situations were quite amusing , when played out by such amateurs; particularly the calling for help and getting the wording right in a 999 phone call. It’s surprising how flustered you can get when just giving out basic information! ” Hello is that the ambulance? It’s me! ”

Basic First Aid at ground level

Storkies – Basic First Aid at ground level

It was lovely to see such a lot of new and older faces attending the event and receiving the hospitality of the Benefice. Everyone who came gave excellent feedback about its usefulness. Grandparents, parents and carers learnt such a lot about simple steps to take in potentially life-threatening situations for both adults and children. Perhaps the Benefice could consider hosting another such evening of ‘serious fun’ to support our community and families next year? Sorry if you missed this session but certainly make a point of coming along next time, you will learn a lot.

We are also hoping to organise other things – practical and social events – do feel very welcome to come along, they will be well advertised.

First Aid for mums and carers

StorKies – First Aid for mums and carers