When we think about critical things to learn at school, most of us would think reading, writing and arithmetic, but what about how to respond in an emergency?
Sometimes the only person present in an emergency situation is a young child. Equipping them in how to respond, not to panic and how to call Triple Zero (000) maybe the lifesaving lesson that they vitally need.
St John NT Community Education Coordinator Hayley Edge thoroughly agrees.
“Teaching kids what to do in an emergency is so important.
“If something happens to the grownups who take care of them such as their parents, older siblings or grandparents, kids are the ones who need to respond and potentially be the ones to save a life of a loved one.”
Originally from Adelaide, Hayley moved to Darwin five years ago to take up a position in Community Education with St John NT where she could facilitate non-accredited first aid training sessions in schools across the Territory.
“I just love teaching and passing on skills to others. Kids are particularly fun to work with and I love being able to do my part by delivering these necessary and potentially lifesaving skills in our community.
“I also love watching the joy on the kids’ faces as they bandage each other up while dressing up in our paramedic uniforms and acting out the skills that you have just taught them. This is not just fun for the younger years, older kids really like this part of the program too.”
For Hayley it was a match made in heaven – and now she has a chance to share the love.
St John NT has expanded their volunteer services program to recruit members of the community to train as Volunteer Community Educators helping to develop skills in our younger population and build greater resilience in our communities.
“With well over 150 schools in the Northern Territory the biggest challenge is getting to each and every one of them to pass on these vital skills,” Hayley said.
“As far as I am concerned learning first aid is as important as reading and writing and something everyone should have.
“Ideally, we are looking for people who love being around kids, who enjoy developing their skills and learning new ones and is looking to do something meaningful in their community.
“No experience or qualifications are necessary; we will teach you everything you need to know. Everyone has skills that they can pass on to another and you will be surprised what you already know and what you are already good at.
“You will be supported and mentored through the training process and meet some great people and have fun along the way.”
If you are interested in joining with Hayley to pass on these vital skills click here to register: http://ow.ly/9y9e50Dv2P6. And while you’re at it move along to Hayley’s song of the week Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.
“We play this song during our sessions when teaching CPR and it kind of gets in your head. It helps the kids to learn the pace for CPR through the beat.”