Youngsters in Coundon have been picking up essential life saving skills as part of a pilot scheme by a leading housing association.
More than 50 students at Victoria Lane Academy have been learning vital skills that could help their friends and families in an accident thanks to believe housing. The housing association has co-ordinated the training in partnership with St John Ambulance, using funding secured from public sector procurement consultancy Prosper.
Children in years 4, 5 and 6 were taught by a fully qualified first aid trainer from St John Ambulance during the last few weeks. The pupils heard all about when to assist someone in trouble and some of the simple steps they can take while waiting for help to arrive. They were also taught the importance of keeping airways clear using the recovery position, plus how to deal with bleeding and use bandaging.
Community Investment Officer from believe housing, Deborah Woods, said: “The children at Victoria Lane were so keen to learn how they could assist their friends and families if the worst happens.
“First aid is such an important life skill and all of the children who took part enjoyed learning how to help anyone in need so much. This is the third school to take part in this pilot scheme and if it’s successful we’ll look at how we can roll out the training to extra schools in County Durham.”
Victoria Lane Academy head teacher, Jane Richardson, said, “Our school was hugely impressed by the training delivered to our Key Stage 2 pupils. Their passion and enthusiasm for providing our pupils with potentially lifesaving skills and knowledge was commendable. Every class was enthralled throughout, and they are now equipped with an important understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe. We cannot thank believe housing enough for kindly arranging this fantastic opportunity for our children at Victoria Lane Academy.”
Coundon has been identified by believe housing as a priority area, which means that extra support and funding is being provided to assist residents with training, education and employability.