Students in Ardee Community School will be offering first aid lifesaving training in school, as part of a new initiative being brought to secondary schools in the county by the Louth Public Participation Network.
Representatives from Louth PPN visited the school recently to launch the scheme alongside students, Deputy Principal Pauline Duffy and Principal Mary Jackson, with Louth being the first county in Ireland to take this initiative directly into secondary schools.
Louth PPN recognise the value of lifesaving skills in our community and the new funding they have secured will once again go towards offering this training to both fifth year and Transition Year students in 2017/2018 – last year saw 394 students take part in the initiative in Louth.
The course will enable the students to be prepared to act in an emergency or a potentially life-threatening situation. The learning acquired will be of benefit to the students at home, school, sports grounds, within the wider community as well as in their future workplace – with those delivering the scheme impressing that knowing what to do before an ambulance arrives to a scene can be the difference between life and death.
First aid training provides for safer practices, which in turn assists in reducing further injury to those affected by accident or sudden illness. The small time invested in developing the skills and knowledge will produce a lifetime of advantages for the participants. Louth PPN also say that enhanced communication, team working and leadership skills are among the additional benefits from the training programme.
Paramedics will visit the school to deliver the sessions and Louth PPN are inviting other secondary schools in the county wishing to avail of the training in 2017/2018 to contact Mary Capplis on [email protected] or 042 9335457.
Pictured above at the 2017/18 launch of the initiative are Louth PPN Resource Worker Mary Capplis, Anthony Mc Ardle (PPN Secretariat) and Mary Jackson and Pauline Duffy of Ardee Community School, with students Amber O’Kane, Conor Watters, Cormac Rafferty, Niamh Crawley and Shannon Higgins.
The Louth Public Participation Network was established in 2014, replacing the Community Fora, and is the main link through which the Louth County Council connects with Environmental, Social Inclusion, Community and Voluntary Organisations.