Safeaid Services have always been pro active with projects to help the local community.
In addition to our First aid at work Courses and Paediatric First aid Courses in Walsall Wolverhampton Birmingham and throughout Staffordshire we have also delivered courses to many community organisations, including Scout groups, The Salvation Army and church groups. We have also donated our services to a number of charities. This has been our way of putting that little bit back into the community.
Our biggest project to date is the:
Essington Parish Council Community Defibrillator scheme.
In January 2013, following a Facebook appeal by Essington Councilor David Clifft asking for advice on Defibrillators, Safeaid Services offered their assistance.
It was felt that the provision of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for this semi rural community would make perfect sense. As there were 5 wards within the parish, Councilor Clifft asked for 5 units! The challenge was set to get one unit a year.
We agreed that Safeaid Services would assist in fundraising, training the community in AEDs and general technical advice.
The aim of the scheme was to provide Public Access Defibrillators that the local community would be able to access if a sudden cardiac arrest happened in the area.
On advice from West Midlands Ambulance Service these units would be stored in a specially designed key coded wall cabinet located outside the community center or other prominent locations. If an incident occurred in the area, the ambulance controller, on receiving a 999 call, would then tell the caller the location and code for this cabinet. This would enable them to access the AED and use it before the arrival of the ambulance service, increasing survival rate to the patient.
So the hard work started. We kicked off the fundraising with a large donation direct from Safeaid Services and several other Companies and generous individuals in the local area.
Collection boxes were placed in prominent local amenities.
We set up a training morning for the local community to raise awareness and enhance skill levels. It was very well supported and all those who attended made donations.
Our biggest fundraising event was the “Essington Coffee Morning.” The local community donated cakes, some which were Works of Art! The sale of these cakes contributed considerably to the fund. Safeaid Services provided a static display to promote the scheme at this event.
With all of the generosity shown, we already had enough to buy the first unit and wall cabinet.
The scheme continued to grow with training sessions and more fundraising.
January 2014 Units 2 and 3 were procured for the wards of Newtown and Westcroft . These units were purchased following and application to the British Heart Foundation. This enabled the units to be obtained at a reduced cost.
The work continues by Safeaid Services to fundraise for the last 2 AED units and we continue to provide assistance on all aspects of the scheme.
If you are interested in helping with fundraising or getting involved please feel free to contact us.
Funding has now been secured for units 4 and 5 through the British Heart Foundation. We are awaiting delivery in August 2015