Lifesaving Skills Schools Initiative – On the Road

28th November 2023

We are now at the half way point in our Lifesaving Skills Schools Initiative.

To kick off the 23/24 school year, Abbey Centre joined forces with Staff Training NI and Stryker to host the ‘Abbey Centre Lifesaving Skills Schools Initiative.’

The roadshow will ultimately visit twenty post-primary schools throughout the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough area and further afield, to teach fourteen students and two teachers from each school essential lifesaving skills.

The Staff Training NI nurse-led training programme, supported by the Education Authority, teaches the importance of lifesaving skills including CPR, AED Defib, Choking and EpiPens.

Mark Stewart, Abbey Centre, Centre Manager said: “The aim is that 280 students and 40 teachers will be fully trained in lifesaving skills by the end of the ten month roadshow programme. These 320 students and teachers will be armed with the skills to give someone in need the best possible chance of survival.”

Each of the twenty participating schools receive 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. Each participating student also receives a certificate of completion and £10 Abbey Centre gift card.

To date, the Abbey Centre Lifesaving Skills Schools Initiative has visited:

  1. Jordanstown School, Wednesday 27th September
  2. Larne High School, Wednesday 4th October
  3. Belfast High School, Wednesday 18th October
  4. Ulidia Integrated College, Wednesday 25th October
  5. Antrim Grammar, Wednesday 8th November
  6. Ballymena Academy, Wednesday 15th November
  7. Integrated College Glengormley, Wednesday 22nd November
  8. Ballyclare High School, Friday 8th December
  9. Larne Grammar School, Wednesday 13th December

Clare Beswick, Abbey Centre Marketing Manager said: “Abbey Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Staff Training, Stryker and MKB Medical teams, in particular David and Maria from Staff Training, who have been incredible in bringing this initiative to life and delivering the vision. Thank you to each participating school and to every young person who has taken part. We have been amazed by the determination, enthusiasm and commitment of each student to learn these essential life-saving skills. Thank you.”

We are hoping, with the help of our colleagues at NIRSC that this initiative can be rolled out in post-primary schools throughout NI, arming our young people with essential life-saving skills. Watch this space…