A group of community-minded independent businesses has set about making a town in the Moorlands one of the safest places to ‘shop locally.’ Totally Locally Leek, part of a national grass roots high street campaign which encourages residents to ‘Love Where You Live,’ has gone one step further by organising training for business owners and their staff in essential life-saving techniques.
A group of community-minded independent businesses has set about making a town in the Moorlands one of the safest places to ‘shop locally.’
Totally Locally Leek, part of a national grass roots high street campaign which encourages residents to ‘Love Where You Live,’ has gone one step further by organising training for business owners and their staff in essential life-saving techniques.
Leek businesswoman Kate Haigh, owner of Becalmed, said: “In the past year or so, there’s been a fantastic community led initiative to install life-saving community public access defibrillators (cPADs) across the town centre.
“As I have an interest in outdoor pursuits, I’m already fully trained in first aid, but I appreciate that many people are not.
“Even when defibrillators are present people can be reluctant to use them to when called upon to do so.”
Leek resident Dave Swarbrook, who has helped to arrange the training, said: “Myself and Kate identified the need for greater awareness and familiarisation of essential first aid.
“I approached Dunwood Community First Responders (CFR) and they were only too willing to help.
“We have now completed two free two-hour Heart Start evening sessions at the Foxlowe Arts Centre and have trained over 30 people who work in the town centre.
“In addition, we have also organised a more comprehensive full day session for another ten business owners, to become First Aid at Work certified.”
Kath Turner, from Dunwood Community First Responders, said: “As well as providing a response service within the area, we are also keen to share our knowledge and help to train the wider community.
“We were delighted to be asked to assist in this great initiative.
“The sessions covered essential life saving skills to treat choking, CPR, the use of defibrillators and the recovery position.
“We also talked through scenarios to keep everyone safe and how the 999 service can help and support when needed.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our sessions with the Totally Locally Leek members and, as a voluntary group, we were very grateful for the donations everyone made to keep our CFR group on the road.”
If you have a small community group interested in receiving essential lifesaving first aid training, contact Kath Turner firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Dunwood Community First Responder Facebook page.
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