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Funding helps to teach parents how to save a life

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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MUMS and dads who use a vital service in Burton have been taught essential first aid skills that could save a child’s life, thanks to funding from three councillors.

Harvey Girls and Dads 4 Dads is an organisation that aims to lift the aspirations of young families, as well as increase social interaction and economic wellbeing.

Recent funding meant that 50 young parents have been trained in paediatric first aid including paediatric life support, recovery position, choking, bleeding, burns, seizures, recognition of meningitis and anaphylaxis.

The session included information delivered by a trainer from Star Training, with parents given the opportunity to practice in a safe non-pressurised environment.

Funding for the training came from Staffordshire county councillors Ron Clarke, Conor Wileman and Peter Davies.

The councillors attended the sessions to see where their money was helping families.

Councillor Davies said: “I’m really pleased to be supporting such a valuable organisation, delivering excellent services in East Staffordshire.”

Councillor Wileman said: “It is important that everyone, from local people to county councillors, see the benefits that local support organisations have on their service users and it is great to see our money put to good use.”

The funds are also enabling the staff of Harvey Girls and Dads 4 Dads to have two days of mental health training in order to improve their support to parents with mental health issues.

Councillor Clarke said: “It is a pleasure to support this organisation, which does such good work with parents in need.”

Harvey Girls is funded by The Big Lottery, Staffordshire County Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, the Good Neighbour programme and Burton Breweries Charitable Trust.

Last year it received more than £280,000 in lottery funding.

More information can be found at eaststaffordshirefamilysupport.co.uk

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