Speak Out members learn everyday first aid

Published: 02 May 2017

Members of the Speak Out forum for adults with learning disabilities have spent an afternoon learning first aid skills so that they will feel more confident to help in the event of an emergency.

At Speak Out the people who come decide what they want to discuss, what issues affect them, and identify opportunities for learning new skills.

For their most recent session (11 April) the group chose to learn first aid and undertook a free two hour everyday first aid workshop, run by the British Red Cross.

The group learnt how to deal with burns, bleeding, choking, swallowing harmful substances and what to do if someone is unresponsive but breathing.

Attendees said they felt they had learned valuable skills that would help them be better prepared to assist people in need of first aid in the future.

Councillor Sabia Hussain, commissioner for health and social care, said: “Speak Out members are setting an excellent example by learning some very simple skills, in a short space of time that could save someone’s life.

“Many of us don’t feel confident enough to get involved in the event of an emergency, but a simple training course can change that – I recommend everyone learns basic first aid.”

Sue Stovell, adult education coordinator, British Red Cross, added: “We created two hour everyday first aid workshops to provide carers, volunteers and other interested groups with first aid that’s easy to learn and easy to remember.

“After the workshop had finished I overheard a Speak Out member say ‘I now know things I didn’t know before’ and that shows how effective our courses are proving – people can do something, rather than do nothing.”

Speak Out is a forum for adults with learning disabilities living in Slough, facilitated by Slough Borough Council and Advocacy in Slough, led by Surrey Disabled People’s Partnership (SDPP), together with Matrix and Deaf Positives.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 1-3pm in the community room at Tesco Extra, Wellington Road, Slough.

Anyone living in Slough with a learning disability is welcome and you can bring your support worker or carer with you if you need support.

If you are interested in joining the Speak Out forum, or would like to find out more, please contact Beth Reed, community development & partnership officer at Slough Borough Council on 01753 875538 or beth.reed@slough.gov.uk

Visit the Speak Out Facebook page to learn more about the group’s activities: https://www.facebook.com/SpeakOutSlough