15th May 2024

Thursday 16th May 2024 – saw the ‘Abbey Centre Lifesaving Skills Schools Initiative’ visit the final post-primary school, in their 9-month long educational roadshow.

The 3-hour nurse-led workshop, delivered by Staff Training NI and supported by Stryker, has now visited twenty post-primary schools throughout Antrim and Newtownabbey, and further afield, teaching 303 senior students and 40 teachers, essential lifesaving skills.

Kicking off at Jordanstown School, 27.09.23 and finishing at Ballyclare Secondary, 16.05.24, the initiative has been Championed by Rosie Kinnear, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey and Glenn Walsh, Education Authority; as well as acknowledged by Robin Swann MLA, Minister for Health NI.

Minister Swann wrote:

‘The success and positive feedback received from participating schools speaks volumes about the effectiveness and importance of such initiatives in our schools.’

Each of the twenty participating schools in the Abbey Centre Lifesaving Skills Schools Initiative received two free Stryker Defib flat training kits as well as a £100 cash donation from Abbey Centre towards the purchase of a school defibrillator or clinical consumables.

Chris Lindsay, Training Manager at Staff Training NI added:

‘It has been an incredible honour to be a part of this initiative. Supporting people to develop the skills to save a life is a big part of our mission, and being part of this programme gave us a great opportunity to expand the number of young people in our community secondary schools that have this critical knowledge’.

  • Pictured L-R: Glenn Walsh, Education Authority Head of School Improvement, Chris Lindsay, Training Manager at Staff Training NI and Mark Stewart, Abbey Centre Manager.