New short film shows impact of first aid project, RISE

 RISE short film Fola Odebunmi

A stirring new short film offers personal insight into one of St John Ambulance’s innovative first aid and youth leadership programmes, RISE.

Fola Odebunmi is a Youth Development Officer with RISE, a peer to peer project which teaches first aid skills, with a particular focus on gun and knife related injuries, to young people in deprived areas, and offers BTEC-accredited qualifications in peer education to young people not in employment, education or training.

‘It feels good to be able to help someone else,’ says Fola. ‘Ultimately, first aid empowers young people to be the difference between life and death.’

Taking first aid into the community

Fola spent his teenage years in gangs, and credits RISE with playing an important role in helping him fulfil his potential. In the film, he talks about RISE’s work taking life saving knowledge and life changing skills into the community, and of the valuable opportunities the programme can offer young people.

The film also includes a moving interview with Barry and Margaret Mizen, whose son, Jimmy, was murdered in 2008. RISE London has worked closely with the Jimmy Mizen Foundation over the past year, as part of the Release the Peace initiative, resulting in a Children and Young People Now Partnership Award nomination.

Since launching, RISE has taught first aid to thousands of young people who would not otherwise have access to training. The programme is now active nationwide, with projects in London, the West Midlands, North East and North West of the country.