Banker fines fund first aid training in Doncaster and Sheffield

Tenagers trying out first aid skills.
Tenagers trying out first aid skills.

Fines paid by banks for their part in the Libor scandal have allowed hundreds of South Yorkshire teenagers to learn vital life saving skills.

Nearly 400 young people aged 16 to 17 have taken part this summer in the Government-backed National Citizen Service (NCS) programme to improve life skills and confidence.

The scheme includes training by first aid charity, St John Ambulance, which has used funding from the banker fines to teach vital skills such as CPR and how to stop someone from choking.

In Doncaster, the subsidised programme, run by the not-for-profit Club Doncaster Foundation over several weeks – also provides workshops in leadership and how to manage money, with outdoor challenges such as kayaking and abseiling.

As part of the NCS programme, the students also complete 30 hours of volunteering in the community.

Jan Budtz, community officer for Club Doncaster Foundation, said: “The NCS programme, offering such a wide range of experiences, will truly impact on these young people. It’s also brought lasting benefits to the community.

“The first aid learning is a popular part of the programme - not only giving them invaluable life skill but helping with their CV.”

More than 1,000 teenagers have taken part in similar programmes across Yorkshire and the Humber this year.

St John Ambulance trainer, Hazel Thompson, explained the students attended three-hour sessions that covered basic emergency first aid. She said: “Young people are really receptive to learning vital skills because they know they might actually help to save somebody’s life. We are delighted this funding enabled us to carry out our work for so many.”

St John Ambulance was granted £650,000 by the Government as part of a £10m fund for uniformed groups raised from fines levied on banks for manipulating the Libor rate.