Northamptonshire Young Carers and Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire realised that young carers would benefit from the Heartstart training offered by the East Midland Ambulance Service (EMAS). Together we ran a session in March 2017 held at the Northamptonshire Carers office in Wellingborough, attended by 11 young people aged between 11 and 17. The sessions taught valuable life-saving skills such as CPR and how to place someone in the recovery position. The young people that attended all had a great time taking part and had the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.
There were opportunities for young people to try out some of the skills that had been learnt and at the end of the session they were all presented with a certificate. The feedback at the end of the session was very positive with everyone who took part saying that the training was good or excellent.
“Heartstart has taught me some very valuable lessons that I can apply in my personal life. I can apply the skills I have learnt to anyone as they have taught me how to perform CPR on pregnant women, men, women and children. I have also learned how to aid someone when they are choking, which I think was the most valuable thing I learnt”
“I am 15 years old. Ever since I was young I was always interested in medicine and first aid so when my mum told me about the Young Healthwatch team hosting a Heartstart course I was more than eager to join in. Throughout the evening, I learnt CPR, the recovery position, early signs of a heart attack and so much more about things we should all know in our daily lives. Learning about this at a young age will help in our future lives and being aware health in general. I also mixed and talked to new people and made new friends; everyone was very friendly and approachable, making the evening a lot more relaxed and warm. Overall, I really enjoyed the evening; I learnt new things, made new friends and the warm atmosphere really topped it off. The night made me want to learn more about similar topics and develop a deeper knowledge of them. A great evening surrounded by great people :)”