Each year we aim to provide education to the local community, ranging from basic first aid to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). On top of this, we also host a number of talks each year to various groups and schools, surrounding the work of the ambulance service and what we do.
Our awareness sessions aim to provide an understanding of basic first aid and confidence in utilising skills. They are not accredited training courses, and you won’t get a certificate, however they aim to provide an understanding and top up of any existing knowledge.
Common topics covered:
Unconscious casualty and the recovery position
Cardiac arrest and CPR/AED use
A brief review of medical emergencies (diabetes, allergic reactions, broken bones, bleeding)
Making a 999 call and assisting the ambulance
All of our sessions can be tailored to your specific needs, taking into consideration the age group and experience of the target audience. We have previously provided these sessions to a variety of audiences, including school groups, social clubs and businesses.
Sessions typically last between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the audience and practical time/questions. If you only have a shorter time, we can accommodate that too and simply cover the life saving basics.
We do not have a set cost for these sessions. If you can provide us with a hall or function room to present in, we simply ask if we can bring our collection bucket along and leave it at the front for anyone who wishes to donate - without pressure or obligation to do so. If you prefer, we can hire a professional business conference/training room, but obviously we would ask for a contribution towards the cost of the hire. We have a good working relationship with The Oakwood Centre in Woodley and can get reasonably priced rooms there with projector facility.
We also hold a number of public talks throughout the year. These are ideal if you have a community group, school class or business and would like us to simply come along and talk about the work we do, provide some advice and display our equipment.
These have proved particularly popular over the recent years and are especially well received by school groups, where we are able to reassure children that the ambulance service isn’t scary and get them familiar with our kit! All members of our team are fully DBS checked.