Hackney teenagers RISE to first aid challenge

 Hackney teenagers learn first aid

More than 100 pupils at Hackney University Technical College now have the skills needed to be the difference between life and death thanks to a week-long training session with our trailblazing RISE project.

Team GB sprinter urges youngsters to go for gold

During daily RISE ‘Stick-It’ sessions, held at Hackney UTC from 18 to 22 November, pupils aged 14 to 16 learned emergency first aid skills including:

  • how to put an unresponsive person in the recovery position
  • treating someone who has stopped breathing with CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)
  • treating a wound with an embedded object
  • treating a casualty suffering from major bleeding and shock
  • handling a 999 call.

Highlights of the week included visits from international sprinter Julian Thomas who talked to the youngsters about the importance of striving to reach their personal best. The 200 metre Team GB athlete works in partnership with the RISE project, supporting the training and attending various Stick-It sessions in a bid to encourage students to realise their full potential.

Inspiring the next generation

Annie Blackmore, principal of Hackney UTC, said: ‘Thanks to the Stick-It week our students are now well prepared to deal calmly, responsibly and effectively with any medical emergencies they might come across in their lives.

‘The first aid activities were a good fit with our specialist health curriculum which is about developing tomorrow's health professionals. The St John Ambulance team showed great energy and humour and the icing on the cake was the participation of Olympian Julian Thomas.’

Julian is on a mission to help young people achieve their dreams. He says: ‘The St John Ambulance RISE project is doing an excellent job and by being a partner in the Stick-It programme I hope to inspire the next generation with my story.

‘Youngsters have dreams and aspirations but are often misled by the perception of what's 'cool'. The message I like to get across to young people is that it’s cool to be yourself.’