Making our homes safer places for all

September 02 2016

A FIRST aid course has been held for adults in Fishponds and Hillfields after calls to the emergency services increased by nearly 40 per cent over a three year period.

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A FIRST aid course has been held for adults in Fishponds and Hillfields after calls to the emergency services increased by nearly 40 per cent over a three year period.

It was aimed at helping parents prevent accidents in the home and to deal with them effectively should they happen.

Bristol City Council found children who were seriously injured and needed a hospital bed had increased in 2014/15 compared to 2011/12.

Gaynor Younger, an economic well-being coordinator for Speedwell Nursery School and Children Centre and Little Hayes and Hillfields Early Years and Family Centre, said: “There had been an increase in call outs to the emergency services and felt it was something which needed to be addressed.

“The first aid course was held to help mums put safety measures in place, recognise when they would need to call an ambulance and how to treat injuries in an emergency.

“It is also an opportunity for adults to learn new skills which they can put on their CVs to help in their search for employment or extra training.”

The Public Health Intelligence Unit of the city council found an increased number of accidental injuries led to hospital admission.

Married mum-of-two Ritu Czehowicz, from St George, is a qualified teaching assistant and volunteers as a book buddy at Air Balloon Hill Primary School. 

She is looking for paid work and hopes the first aid course will enhance her CV, as well as provide practical life-skills: “I wanted to learn about first aid because I believe it’s very important if you are working with children. The course covered many areas I hadn’t been aware of, such as some of the lesser known signs of meningitis, including cold hands and feet.

“I feel more confident as a result in my role as a mother and school helper. I would definitely recommend it to any parent or anyone who works with children. I also hope it will also help me to find work more easily.”

The family centre runs various adult learning groups, including an English and Mathematics Pathway course, English language lessons for students of English as a foreign language, and a course on cooking on a budget. A job club, which supports people looking for work, is also held at Speedwell Nursery School and Children Centre. 

For more information, call Gaynor on 0758 3437401.