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Teaching Children in York How To Save a Life


5:57am 22nd July 2014

First Aid is a simple subject to teach, yet when faced with a situation in which First Aid is required, 59% of British adults admit that they would not have the confidence to act in order to save someone;s life - not even call an ambulance.

This is unacceptable for York  based group Paradigm YP, led by Chris Whitwood who recently qualified as a teacher from York St John University.  The group of young people, who founded Paradigm YP in 2011 and is supported by the O2 Think Big programme, have compiled a set of comprehensive resources making it possible for teachers, even those with no prior first aid experience, to deliver lessons in potentially life-saving first aid.  The free resources, which have been piloted across the UK and met with great enthusiasm from teachers and pupils alike, will be available for teachers and youth workers to download from Paradigm YP's website by the beginning of the next school year.

However, Chris is now planning to move the campaign up a gear, and is calling on politicians to make First Aid a compulsory part of the curriculum. The group are aiming high, and are asking the main political parties to commit to making First Aid a compulsory part of the curriculum, as a commitment in their manifestos for the 2015 General Election. The group already have the support of high profile politicians.

Chris will be meeting politicians and fellow first aid campaigners in the coming weeks, but is still looking to the York area for local support, saying:

"We are calling on people of all ages who are passionate about saving lives promote the work of Paradigm YP and help us to make this campaign a reality."

The campaign also has the whole hearted support of Selby's Mayor, Councillor Rosie Corrigan. Rosie said:

"I am so pleased to see this local group of young people who are ambitiously trying to change our local area and our country to make it a safer place. Well done Paradigm YP!"

If you would be interested in supporting the campaign, please visit www.paradigmyp.co.uk or follow the group's progress on Facebook and Twitter.

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