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Employment seekers on course thanks to first aid training

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Mayor Denise Faulkner joined soup kitchen volunteers and unemployed people for a first aid training course.

The course was organised by Newground, which provides training and employment opportunities to support the communities in which its parent company Together Housing Group operates.

One of the ways it does this is via Works Better, an employment programme partnership between Newground, Wakefield Council, Kirklees Council, Calderdale Council, Groundwork, Fusion Housing and Paddock Community Trust.

Works Better participants were invited to attend the two and a half hour first aid course at Community House and everybody who completed it was presented with a Yorkshire Ambulance Certificate of Attendance.

Newground’s Youth & Community Senior Project Officer Lucy Keogh, said: “We are always seeking opportunities to boost the skills and experience of the people we support.

“Having a First Aid trained member of staff is not only an asset to many companies, but having the certificate on your CV shows that you have the commitment to do a course that is not mandatory and are willing to put yourself in a position of responsibility.”

Denise Faulkner Town Mayor said: “I found the course informative very well delivered. It actually inspired me to do more first aid awareness courses.”

The course covered the following topics:

  • How to recognise a suspected heart attack.
  • How, when and why to perform Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • A demonstration with an automated external defibrillator (AED) training machine.
  • How to perform hands-only (chest compressions) CPR.
  • How, when and why to place an unconscious breathing person into the recovery position.
  • How to recognise and deal with a choking situation.
  • How to deal with a suspected stroke (FAST).
  • How to deal with life-threatening or serious bleeding.

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