When you think of a young person, you don't usually think first aid trained. Well, I am and one of the things that I care very much about is my involvement with St. John Ambulance as one of their cadets. Cadets? Isnt that only in ther army? No, we have cadets too, and corporals and sergents! Of which I am one.
At St. John, we are one of the worlds leading first aid charities and in out youth sector (ages 5-18) we help teach young people first aid skill so they can be the difference between someone dying and someone living. We tach all sorts fo first aid skills from CPR to treating a simple burn or graze. We also equip our young people with skills that they may find useful in later life such as leadership and training skills. Within our respective units we have opportunities to participate ina range of activities, from helping to teach, to games and involving the badgers (ages 5-10). We also have the opportunity to go on camps as a district, but also regionally and nationally! I have made so many friends across the nation thanks to St. john and have managed to help a few people along the way. As well as being a cadet, our young people have the opportunity to move up within their unit. From a cadet, to corporal to sergent to a leading cadet. As well as this, there are also opportuinities to be nominated for District, Regional and National Cadet of the Year- something of which I have had the fortune to get involved in.
My name is Becky Coupland and I am District Cadet of the Year for West District, North East Region. And I am the difference.