Budleigh children given first aid and dementia care workshops

PUBLISHED: 12:29 29 March 2018

Mark McGlade, of Home Instead Senior Care, with pupils Isla Dixon, Theo James, Lola Franks-Payne
and Louie Mitchell

Mark McGlade, of Home Instead Senior Care, with pupils Isla Dixon, Theo James, Lola Franks-Payne and Louie Mitchell

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Children from St Peter’s Primary School in Budleigh Salterton have been learning about the importance of first aid and caring for people living with dementia.

Mark McGlade, who is a member of the Budleigh Medical Centre Patient Participation Group Committee, led the workshops which gave the key stage two pupils practical knowledge so they know what to do in a variety of first aid situations.

They were also taught about the importance of considering and limiting risk to themselves in different scenarios.

A spokesman for the school hopes that the training will have given the children skills and confidence to respond if they are ever confronted with a first aid emergency.

St Peter’s headteacher Steve Hitchcock added: “It’s vitally important that children know basic first aid.

“It is a life skill and one that could ultimately save a life. We include it in our curriculum for those reasons.”

The focus has intensified on first aid in Budleigh in the last year after three public defibrillators were fitted thanks to community funding.

There are now life-saving devices at the Public Hall in Station Road, at Steamer Steps and at Lime Kiln Car Park.

Mr McGlade, who runs Home Instead Senior Care, based in Budleigh, also gave children training in understanding and supporting people in the community living with dementia.

Youngsters thought about how they might help elderly people and were awarded ‘Dementia Friend’ badges. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative where people learn about the degenerative condition and then take action to spread the word.

Mr Hitchcock added: “The work that Mark is doing to raise awareness of dementia is also very important.

“He is trying hard to change perceptions and get the message out that you can live well with dementia. Its important young children know this, too.”

For more information about Dementia Friends, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

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