Newark Community Life Saver Scheme

Newark Community First Aid launched their Community Lifesaver Campaign on 10th August 2017. The campaign, launched with the support of the Newark Advertiser, was aimed at training and educating 10,000 people by August 2019 in vital life-saving skills. The reason for the campaign was that England has very poor survival rates from out of hospital cardiac arrest. The latest figures suggest only 8.6% of people survive when their heart and breathing suddenly fail compared with 25% surviving in Germany and as many as 28% in Norway.

We launched the campaign with the aim of training people in key skills such as assessing a patient, so they could recognise cardiac arrest, performing resuscitation and using a defibrillator. We are delighted to say the campaign has been a massive success with 4,945 people trained on our FREE courses and 9,000 people have read our articles in the Newark Advertiser. Over the two years to August 2019 we ran 264 courses in Newark and 35 surrounding villages We have provided training to, and with a range of charities such as the Newark Puffins, Emmaus Trust, Newark Mencap, Reach, Barnbygate Strollers, Young Farmers and the Scout & Guide movements as well as pupils in schools and the general public. We are really grateful for the support of the Newark Advertiser, local parish councils and village hall committees.

Though the campaign officially finished in August 2019 we continued to run FREE Community courses in Newark and local villages until ‘lockdown’ caused by the Coronavirus. We have suspended all FREE community training until it is safe to resume. Once the situation becomes safe, we intend to launch a major campaign in both schools and across the Newark area for adults. Keep checking our social media – Facebook and Twitter for details.