Craigavon Hearty Lives Saving Local Lives
28/10/2014Increasing local people’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest within the Craigavon area has become the latest initiative for Hearty Lives Craigavon. To date, over 90 local people have been trained in British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland’s ‘Emergency Life Support Training’. This training is enabling people within the community to learn vital lifesaving skills by providing free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. This is just one of the approaches undertaken by Hearty Lives Craigavon to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase people’s skills and confidence to act if they witness a cardiac arrest. Hearty Lives Craigavon is a partnership project that is funded by BHF Northern Ireland and delivered by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The project aims to increase awareness among the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, including Irish Travellers, about cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.
Hearty Lives Health Co-ordinator, Jane Ferguson, teamed up with Craigavon Council’s Investing for Health Officer, Cathy Devlin, and together, Jane and Cathy undertook CPR training that enabled them to go out into the community and teach these invaluable lifesaving skills to local people. The training is free and requires no special medical skills.
Participants are taught to recognise the early warning signs of a heart attack such as shortness of breath and chest pain that may spread to the neck, arm or jaw. Secondly, they learn to get help quickly by alerting the emergency services. Finally, they are shown the correct way to administer CPR if appropriate.
Jane Ferguson, Hearty Lives Co-ordinator said: “I am delighted to deliver the Emergency Life Support Training to the communities within Craigavon Borough Council. Through the Southern Health and Social Care’s Trust in Community initiative, we are working in partnership with community and voluntary organisations to address social disadvantage and promote wellbeing.”
“I hope that by providing the training locally, that it will make a major contribution towards improving the heart health and improve the quality of lives of residents in the Craigavon area.”
Zita Barene, Community Intercultural Programme Volunteer said: “The Emergency Life Support Training has equipped me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help members of my community who may suffer from cardiovascular disease.”
If you are from the Craigavon area and would like to find out more about the lifesaving work please contact Jane Ferguson, BHF Hearty Lives Co-ordinator Craigavon on Tel: 028 3831 7154 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bhf.org.uk/heartylives
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Jane Ferguson, British Heart Foundation Hearty Lives Co-ordinator Craigavon with Community Intercultural Programme members who received certificates after completing the Heartstart Training.
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Jane Ferguson, British Heart Foundation Hearty Lives Co-ordinator Craigavon giving a demonstration to members of the Community Intercultural Programme.