Lynn pupils schooled in life saving skills

PUBLISHED: 10:02 03 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:02 03 October 2013

Pupils for Gaywood Community Primary School have has SOS Haven staff teach them first aid skills. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Pupils for Gaywood Community Primary School have has SOS Haven staff teach them first aid skills. Picture; Matthew Usher.

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Pupils at a King’s Lynn school were taught the skills that could one day save a life when a community safety group came in to teach them first aid.

Twelve year 6 students at Gaywood Community Primary took part in two sessions which aimed to give them a basic understanding of life-saving skills including how to give CPR, signs of heart attacks and strokes and how to deal with choking.

The scheme, which is being run by SOS Project Safe Haven, is in its pilot stage but it is hoped that it can be rolled out across the area in the future.

Jessica Skulski, outreach support worker at SOS Project Safe Haven, said: “Teaching first aid to children is something I feel very strongly about.

“In this day and age everybody should know how to save a life.

“It is important to teach children when they are young as at this age they are like a sponge and will remember what they are taught for a long time.

“Parents have been really pleased that their kids are having this opportunity and the children are loving it.

“They get a sense of importance from it and it is important.

“While we have to remember these people are little and if they came across me or you ill they would struggle but they could instruct an adult in what to do.”

Mrs Skulski hopes that the scheme can spread to other schools in the King’s Lynn area and eventually around Norfolk.

The pupils come out of the course with a junior first aid qualification which is valid for three years.

The course involved a computer session and a practical session in which the children put the skills they had learned into practice.

Headteacher Paul Shanks said: “We could have filled three courses with the number of children who wanted to do it.

“I think it is something that schools are looking at more and more. If we get them young you never know when it could help. These are skills which can help save someone’s life.”

SOS Project Safe Haven gives information and where necessary medical assistance to anyone out in Lynn town centre on a Friday or Saturday night.

The project’s bus has become a familiar sight on Norfolk Street to weekend revellers and the charity has expanded its service to provide training in various areas.

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