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Did you know fewer than one in 10 people have the skills to save a life? There are many reasons why people don’t learn first aid skills. One often overlooked reason is that it can feel quite daunting practising first aid and being assessed in large groups.
We might dread being centre of attention as we have our first go at CPR on the mannequin. We question ‘are we getting this wrong?’ and worry about what people will think of us. For many people, taking first aid training is quite the comfort zone stretch.
So we don’t do it. We hope that we’re never in a situation where we’ll need to use it.
But what if we are? What if we are the only person around to help someone? Someone we love perhaps.
I can say with great confidence that I am only alive today because my partner knew just what to do when I couldn’t breathe. I know just how important it is to have basic first aid skills. So we’re doing something about it. We’re teaming up with Absolute First Aid to teach life saving skills to people in Cornwall who wouldn’t normally access this vital training due to feeling anxious about joining a group to learn and be assessed in first aid. This is a recognised qualification, lasting three years, that’ll be a fantastic addition to your CV.
High stress can make it difficult to learn but, working together, we aim to create a calm and supportive space where participants can comfortably digest their first aid knowledge and feel at ease practising their new skills in small groups with two or three other people from our Quiet Community who share similar challenges. It’s a great opportunity to take a comfort zone stretch amongst friends. I’m thrilled to be able to offer a much more comfortable experience for people who need it.
We’re in good hands with Jason, the Trainer at Absolute First Aid who will be running the course for us. He’s on our board of Directors, so he understands our Quiet approach and we’ve chatted about how to make this a more comfortable experience. He’s also a Registered Nurse who’s spent years working in the Emergency Department at The Royal Cornwall Hospital (in addition to the 20 years he’s been a first aid trainer!), so we can be sure he knows his stuff.
Jason is pretty keen to teach first aid skills to those who wouldn’t normally be able to access it so he’s very kindly offered the training to our Quiet Community with 75% off. Why? He tells us that over the years, he’s carried out first aid several times on family members, including performing first aid for choking alone three times; on his mother, grandfather and fiancée. All it takes is a sneaky biscuit. As a nurse, Jason’s seen plenty of people who would have been better off if they had received first aid at the time – it really can make a massive difference to a person’s chances of recovery.
The Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work course will take place at Cafe Chaos in Truro on Sunday 22nd October. There are limited spaces available. If you feel you would benefit from this training, please go to QuietConnections.co.uk/FirstAid to book a place.