LOCAL STUDENT FRONTS CAMPAIGN AIMING TO SAVE YOUNG LIVES
Rima Begum, 18, from Tower Hamlets, is helping the St John’s Ambulance to save lives by encouraging young people across the UK to gain vital life-saving skills.
Rima’s face is now appearing on the marketing and publicity materials used by the charity to promote their life-saving campaign called RISE, which encourages young people to learn basic skills in first-aid.
She is currently studying Level 1 Health and Social Care at Tower Hamlets College and such is her commitment to the RISE project she has led a peer mentoring session with her classmates to teach first-aid and now all of the college’s students in the health and social care faculty have been trained in basic first-aid skills.
The RISE project (RESPECT, INSPIRE, SUPPORT, EMPOWER) is run by the St John’s Ambulance and is aimed at young people not in employment, education or training across the UK encouraging them to learn basic first-aid as well as gain other experiences in leadership and volunteering.
The programme differs from other training in that it is delivered by young people, through peer mentoring and focuses on the injuries that some young people are likely to be at risk from such as gun or knife injuries. Last year, the project trained over 8,500 young people in basic first-aid.
Rima is delighted to be involved in the project and said after seeing her face on the new marketing materials:
‘I feel famous and feel like I can do anything!’