First aid qualifications for trio from Emmaus
Former homeless people helped by charity
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