New short film shows impact of first aid project,
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
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.