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Youngsters gain first aid skills

Monday 11th March 2013

27 young people who are currently working towards achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), undertook am Emergency First Aid at Work course and following an examination, gained the qualification which is valid for 3 years.  

Training was put in place for the group of DofE students to gain their First Aid qualification, which took place at Woolwich Common Youth Hub. 

Patricia Holczimmer, Woolwich Common Youth Hub Manager, said, ‘The style of engagement from the trainers that were facilitating this course meant the young people took on board a vast amount of information which was apparent when it came to their demonstration of scenarios that were set out in their examinations.

‘The young people were given the chance to share stories or experiences that they had been involved in which some did feel they could and the feedback from young people was that they felt reassured that if certain situations arose again they could confidently try to make a difference. This training is something that I feel we should make available for all young people.' 

Esther, who took part in the course, added, ‘It was good to be able to participate and gain a qualification in something that could be so useful yet the aspects of learning were made fun in the training even though the topic is so serious.’

Fellow participant Olamide said, ‘The trainers were great and also listened to some stories that we as young people had to share giving us advice on how to deal with them if ever those situations came upon us again.’