Working with local businessperson Natalie Groggins, construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall (a BECBC member) is helping co-ordinate a first aid programme for Copeland primary schools. Earlier this year Natalie, an adult and paediatric first aid instructor who grew up in Whitehaven, started her own business, ‘Little Lifers First Aid’. Little Lifers provides children aged between four and 11 with a basic introduction to first aid through practical learning.
Natalie uses The Flat Stan First Aid – Essential Life Skills for Children training programme, and Morgan Sindall has initially sponsored two 90 minute interactive sessions. One of the first schools to benefit from the first aid training was Moresby Primary School in Whitehaven where a group of year three and four children were taught how to help someone in a medical emergency. On completion of the session, each child received a first aid booklet, sticker and a certificate.
Natalie said; “The first two Flat Stan First Aid workshops were a fantastic success. The children engaged in all aspects of the session but most importantly they learned invaluable first aid skills whilst having fun. The feedback was very positive from both the teachers and the children.
It was amazing to see the children’s confidence grow. I am delighted and excited to have been given this opportunity to be able to deliver Flat Stan First Aid workshops to a number of schoolchildren. I very much look forward to the coming months.”
Ross Peacock, Headteacher, Moresby School, said; “We’re very grateful for the session provided by Natalie and Morgan Sindall. The children clearly enjoyed it, and learned valuable life skills.”
Following the success of the sessions at Moresby School, over the next six months all primary schools in the Copeland area will benefit from the first aid training provided by Natalie. These additional sessions are being sponsored by both Morgan Sindall and other businesses, which are part of the Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC).
Gillian Johnston, Morgan Sindall’s community engagement advisor, said; “We are passionate about supporting and assisting local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow and develop. We are delighted to be able to work with Natalie in her new venture and provide local schoolchildren with vital skills which could help them save someone’s life.”
Morgan Sindall is one of the UK’s largest construction and infrastructure companies and employs over 400 people within West Cumbria. The company is committed to working with local businesses to help enhance the communities in which it works.