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VIDEO: Lifesaving Course Asks For Volunteers

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:02am 17th November 2014. (Updated at 10:35am 17th November 2014)

The Cornish course that taught a schoolgirl to save her dad's life - asks for more volunteers.

St John's ambulance is trying to find volunteers to run schemes in Bodmin, Camborne, Launceston, Looe, Penzance and Truro, while further groups could be set up at schools or colleges throughout the Duchy.

Dave Christophers, the St Austell-based Youth Manager for the charity in the South West, said: "

"Ideally, we would like people interested in working with our young volunteers to help them learn first aid and other new skills.

"The programme is so varied - from photography to cooking and map reading - that people can bring life experiences and knowledge to the organisation without having any prior first aid knowledge.

"We provide full training in life saving techniques that can be passed on to the next generation of first aiders and there is also the opportunity to study for qualifications in youth work.

"We're also looking at setting up brand new groups, thanks to legacy donations and successful fundraising bids, and I would be very interested in hearing from teachers or lecturers who would be interested in starting new St John Ambulance groups as after-school clubs or college societies.'

Badger setts are for 5 to 10-year-olds and Cadet units cover the ages of 10 to 18.

Dave added: "We are not asking people to give huge amounts of their time - just one evening a week can make so much of a difference.

"Learning first aid is an important thing at any time of life but teaching children and teenagers equips them to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved from a young age.

"It also builds their confidence, teaches them new skills and puts something back into the community."

Samantha Sharp from Liskeard started as a cadet and worked up to a volunteer.

She said: "To be honest I'm just a big kid and never actually wanted to leave, so that is when I became a cadet hepler, I know that if the children came across any situation whether it be in school or in the street, they would be able to confidently treat someone and probably save their life.

"When you first come across someone who has hurt themselves your first instinct is 'oh no I don't know what I'm doing', but when I think back to the training I've had I know that I can go and help someone, for instance when I came across a car accident I knew how to help the lady who was in trouble."

For more information on St John Ambulance's work, including how to become a volunteer and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, click here or call 08700 104950.

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