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New scheme launched in Bolsover getting more people to learn how to save a life

Bolsover District Council together with Community Save a Life Scheme (CSALS) and Virtual College launched their “Prepared to Save a Life” national campaign in Parliament on October 30 the 2018.

The Derbyshire charity, Community Save a Life Scheme (CSALS), together with the support of Bolsover District Council teamed up with Virtual College to create a free online course open to everyone in the UK.

The Prepared to Save a Life Campaign was launched in Parliament to draw the attention and support of Members of Parliament, Peers and Government Health Ministers.

Dr Cheryle Berry MBE, trustee of CSALS, commented: “Today in the UK, every 7 minutes someone will have a heart attack and 180 people will die. 1 in 5 adults will witness someone collapse who needs immediate first aid, the majority of people do not act. We think, with more support, we can make a difference.”

Cheryle added, “Bolsover District Council have given tremendous support to CSALS since 2012, when Councillor Deborah Watson pledged her support for our work and together with her colleague Councillor Jim Clifton they joined our small Strategy Group.”

In order to raise awareness of the need to learn emergency first aid, CSALS and Bolsover District Council broke the Guinness World Record for the largest first aid lesson in 2016, when 1,795 local residents and schoolchildren undertook a first aid lesson on Chesterfield Football Club’s pitch at the Proact Stadium.

However, in order to achieve the ambition of having a life saver on every street corner, the programme needed to be accelerated, and that’s where Virtual College came in.

Rod Knox, Virtual College’s Founder and Chief Executive said, “We wanted to get on board and help CSALS, so we pledged to donate time, expertise and technical infrastructure to help increase the number of people taking part in the campaign - Prepared to Save a Life.”

The course consists of a number of online modules including CPR, choking, and bleeding, and takes only around an hour to complete. On successful completion of the course each learner receives a printable certificate. The Prepared to Save a Life model aims to engage both individuals as well as businesses, with organisations able to join a Roll of Honour when 80% of their people have completed the course.

The team have set a target of training 250,000 people in basic lifesaving skills, within a year of launching the new online solution.

Bolsover District Council Chairman, Councillor Tom Munro commented, “We will continue our support for CSALS, and hope that you will join in and help us reach the target! I urge you sign up to the FREE, bite-sized online course that provides basic skills for all which could be lifesaving.”

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