First Aid Courses For Scilly’s School Pupils

Beryl Read

Beryl Read

The islands’ St John Ambulance group will be providing first aid sessions for Five Islands School pupils from this month.

Organiser Beryl Read says every age group will be receiving advice during the 30 to 40 minutes courses.

Youngsters up to 11 years old will be getting ‘taster sessions’ with basic guidance on what to do if they see someone get hurt, such as how to make a 999 call, put on a simple bandage or a sling and get someone into the recovery position.

Older children will get more detailed information, up to a full first aid course for year 9 pupils.

The sessions are being held when primary-aged children from the off-islands visit the St Mary’s base on Fridays, so they won’t miss out.

Beryl says the class sizes will make it “quite a challenge” but she feels it will be manageable.

And Beryl says she’d be happy to start an after school first aid club if there’s enough interest from the children.

Beryl is one of two St John Ambulance volunteers on the islands, alongside Murray Hodgson.

Recent changes in the organisation mean that they’re now being supported from Somerset, instead of Par in Cornwall, which Beryl says has made things more difficult although the new team are still very helpful.