Learning lifesaving skills on the promenade

A group of 30 veterans learned vital lifesaving skills in the sunshine on Fleetwood promenade.

Members of the Fylde Coast Veterans took part in a Lancashire Lifesavers course, providing them CPR and defibrillator training.

The course is delivered by Lancashire Adult Learning on behalf of BBC Radio Lancashire, Lancashire County Council and the North West Ambulance Service, all campaigning to train as many people as possible in life-saving skills.

Craig Harrison, Lecturer in Health and Wellbeing for Lancashire Adult Learning, ran the event. He said: “The group meets every Monday for a walk, chat and cuppa, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to join them and deliver the training out in the sunshine.

“It is my role to explain to people the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack and give them the knowledge and confidence to step in and help someone in need.

“I also explain to them how to access and use a public defibrillator should they need one. Having such information can make such a difference when dealing with an emergency; CPR increases a person’s chance of survival by 10% and a defibrillator by 75%.

“The Fylde Coast Veterans were a great, engaged audiences who were fully on board with learning such vital skills and it was good to see people face-to-face rather than via a computer.

Rick Clement who runs the Veterans group for Fleetwood Town Community Trust, said: “We’re really grateful to Craig and the wider Lancashire Lifesavers for providing this free training.

“While nobody wants to think of themselves in this situation, we each felt equipped with information needed to deal with it confidently should it arise. Ultimately we could each help save someone’s life.”

For more information on how you can get involved, visit: Course Detail | LAL – Lancashire Adult Learning

Myths debunked about returning to Education as an Adult

Are you aged 19+ and thinking about getting back into education to retrain, upskill or find employment? Is there something holding you back from taking that first step?

There are a lot of myths and preconceptions surrounding getting back into education after a certain age and we’re here to debunk them.

We hope you find this useful and gain some encouragement and confidence that it’s never too late to take the first step into furthering your skills, knowledge and experience and we have a lot of support systems in place to be able to guide you on your education journey to enable you to retrain, upskill or secure employment.

  1. Am I too old to go back to education?

No age is too old to come back to study, we have mature students who have studied with us and gone on to successfully achieve their goals. We have experts available who can offer information, advice and guidance as well as financial support for anyone looking to find out more about starting one of our programmes.  

2. Will going back into education be like going back to school?

Our modernised spaces are very different to school and it is equipped with the most-up to date resources and facilities to be able to provide students with everything they need to study independently and feel as though they are in a mature studying environment.

3. Will going back into education as a mature student mean getting yourself into debt?

We have appropriate experts available to offer financial support and there are plenty of options that could help you to fund your chosen course and, in some cases, depending on your circumstances some courses may even be free.

4. I don’t meet the entry requirements for the course I want to study, is there any point in me applying?

We are here to support you and guide you, even if you don’t meet every entry requirement specified for the course you’re looking at studying, we will work with you to support you to be able to get you to where you’d like to be. 

5.I have commitments at home and work, can studying fit around my circumstances?

We have part-time and flexible study options available and experts who will be able to help you tailor your studies around your work/home life, enabling you to still undertake your studies and achieve your career goals.

No matter your circumstance or situation, please be assured we are here to help you and support you. There’s still time to enrol, contact us today!

Nelson and Colne College: https://www.nelson.ac.uk/events/adult-late-enrolment/

Accrington and Rossendale College: https://www.accross.ac.uk/events/adult-late-enrolment/

Lancashire Adult Learning: https://www.lal.ac.uk/upcoming-events/adult-late-enrolment/

University Centre:https://universitycentre.nelsongroup.ac.uk/contact-us/

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