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What could you do in an emergency?

A call has gone out for communities to be better prepared to care for each other in times of crisis.

The British Red Cross says recent events have highlighted the need for communities to be even more resilient.

Its Adult Crisis Education First Aid Teams are delivering free first aid sessions to organisations and groups who support people with drugs or alcohol issues, who are homeless or are over 65, building confidence and willingness to help in an emergency. Sessions are usually delivered at the group or organisation's own venue.

Its innovative Everyday First Aid programme is designed to be an easy-to-learn, remember and do interactive learning opportunity which encourages the use of everyday items (such as towels and T-shirts) to deal with bleeds, head injuries etc.  The emphasis is on doing something rather than nothing, helping bystanders to act in an emergency with confidence.

The two-hour sessions are free and offer groups first aid learning opportunities particularly targeting the more vulnerable sectors of our communities.

It seeks to leave participants feeling confident that they could and would do something should they be presented with a situation that might require first aid. British Red Cross research has found that sadly so often people will not try and help or even get involved through fear of making matters worse or being sued, feelings of not knowing what to do or in the misplaced belief that someone else will do something.

Everyday First Aid sets out to dispel some of these concerns and myths, to both motivate and train people to do something and make them realise that they can make a difference.

It covers crucial issues such as helping an unconscious person who is not breathing, someone who is having a heart attack or a stroke, choking, bleeding, burns, scalds and broken bones, through to allergic reactions and sprains.