Our Airplay programme is about more than just fun and games. With activities ranging from film making to allotment planting, RAF Waddington Airplay’s Carys Kerr, age 11, explains why the recent First Aid session was such a highlight.
"A few weeks ago, I took part in an awesome and important first-aid session, extremely different to any other Youth Club activity. I felt really happy that we had the chance to understand why First-Aid courses are important, especially for so many different situations that may occur. In the future, I would love to do this again because it helped to prepare us for emergencies that may happen more than a few times in our lives.
"The session was led by our instructor from Saint John's Ambulance and I learnt many important facts such as, ‘DRABC’ – Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation, which are the steps you should follow when you first come across a casualty. By the end of the lesson, all of the children (and some leaders!) understood how to react in similar cases to what the instructor had shown us.
After showing us what to do when you find a casualty we got to try mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions on Resuscitate Annie! Although it felt a little bit weird and strange to begin with, I finally got used to it and then I knew how to perform CPR and mouth-to-mouth. One of my favourite parts was being able to take turns to practice putting our partners into the recovery position.
"I really enjoyed this experience, especially when a couple of the Youth Club leaders pretended to be unconscious, so that we were able to visually see what to do in an emergency."
If you would like to find out more about Airplay and the benefit it can have on youngsters, you can find out more at www.rafbf.org.uk/airplay