Free first aid course for carers

St John Ambulance support programme to help region’s army of carers.

A FIRST aid charity is offering free training and support for carers in North Devon from next week.

The St John Ambulance Carers Support Programme will help carers to feel confident using first aid skills when they are needed. It also covers other important subjects such as stress management; safer moving and handling to reduce the risk of back injury; falls prevention; and understanding dementia.

The courses will take place one morning a week in Barnstaple for four weeks, starting on Thursday February 23. Lunch is provided for free.

Emma Healey, Carers Support Programme manager for St John Ambulance in Devon, said there were an estimated 96,000 unpaid carers in Devon who look after ill and disabled family members.

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She said: “As well as offering information, advice and practical skills, our course is designed to give carers the chance to meet and talk with people in the same situation.

“Many carers who have been on the course in the past have highlighted how much this has helped them feel less isolated.”

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Some of the costs for this course are funded by a Lottery Awards for All grant with other costs are borne by St John Ambulance’s own fund-raising activities.

Bookings must be made in advance. Telephone 01392 822646, email or visit

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