First aid qual­i­fi­ca­tions for trio from Em­maus

For­mer home­less peo­ple helped by char­ity

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - DANIELLE EAS­TON danielle.eas­ton@reach­plc.com

FOR­MER home­less peo­ple from Hinck­ley who trans­formed their lives have now boosted their self con­fi­dence by com­plet­ing a first aid course.

A group of for­merly home­less peo­ple who now live and work at a Hinck­ley-based char­ity have also gained vi­tal life­sav­ing skills by com­plet­ing a one-day train­ing event de­liv­ered by Skill­base First Aid at Bar­well Methodist Church.

The course was at­tended by three new em­ploy­ees of Em­maus Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land, after the char­ity sup­ported them on get­ting back into straight and nar­row.

Speak­ing about the train­ing, 36-year-old Peter Billing­ton, said: “I came to Em­maus last year when I left prison and had nowhere to live.

“The char­ity is sup­port­ing me to re­build my skills and con­fi­dence.

“It’s a slow process but I’m tak­ing it step by step.

“The first aid train­ing was a mas­sive achieve­ment for me; go­ing into a class­room en­vi­ron­ment with lots of strangers was a big deal and I’m so proud to be a qual­i­fied First Aider.

“I feel this is the start of new, pos­i­tive things to come and I look for­ward to facing more new chal­lenges.”

The train­ing course cov­ered iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and first aid for some­one who has had a heart at­tack, a stroke or is in shock.

Trainees also learnt ban­dag­ing, CPR and what to do if some­one goes into ana­phy­lac­tic shock, as well as how to use a de­fib­ril­la­tor.

Em­maus Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land pro­vides a home, sup­port and mean­ing­ful work for 16 for­merly home­less in­di­vid­u­als.

Some stay for a few months as they gain con­fi­dence and skills be­fore they are ready to move on to in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, while oth­ers are in need of longer-term sup­port and are able to stay for as long as they need to.

Steven Day, slept in his car after his re­la­tion­ship broke down and he had nowhere to go, even­tu­ally he ended up los­ing his job un­til the char­ity stepped in to help, the 40-yearold said: “I’ve got a much more pos­i­tive out­look and no longer feel alone and wor­ried about my fu­ture.

“Be­com­ing a qual­i­fied First Aider is some­thing I’ve been want­ing to do for a while but never had the op­por­tu­nity.

“I now want to com­plete other train­ing to build my port­fo­lio ready for fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

“It’s the sort of thing that helps me feel good about my­self and re­minds me that I have the abil­ity to do what I want when I put my mind to it.”

The first aid train­ing was pro­vided as part of Brighter Fu­tures, which helps to im­prove peo­ple’s lives by help­ing them over­come ob­sta­cles through a com­bi­na­tion of coach­ing, men­tor­ing, vol­un­teer­ing and train­ing.

The Hinck­ley-based char­ity is one of seven Le­ices­ter­shire or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to­gether to run this com­mu­ni­ty­based project.

Katie Tay­lor was also sup­ported by Em­maus for 11 months, after find­ing her­self home­less after the loss of her job and the char­ity have since helped her to gain new skills, in­clud­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the first aid course, she said: “The course gave me the chance to meet new peo­ple and a sense of pride in what I could achieve.

“It mo­ti­vated me to re­ally think about what I wanted to do next.

“I re­cently moved out of Em­maus and started a new job in re­tail.

“Thanks to th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences I’ve been given a new start at life and I’m re­ally happy.”

Peter Billing­ton, Kate Tay­lor and Steven Day have all gained first aid qual­i­fi­ca­tions thanks to Hinck­ley-based char­ity Em­maus Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land, who help to get for­mer home­less peo­ple back on track

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