Highland Council is making progress in its ambition to provide emergency life support to all pupils in Highland, with twenty-two schools in the region now owning a defibrillator. This comes just eight years after Portree High School led the way, fundraising for its own defibrillator and introducing Lucky2BHere emergency life support training.
Over recent years, Highland Council has actively promoted collaboration between head teachers of secondary and special schools and Lucky2BHere, a charity which delivers defibrillators and emergency life support training across Scotland.
Currently, 20 secondary schools and two special schools have a defibrillator on site, and the focus is now on ensuring a commitment from the remaining schools to progress this in their local community.
From August this year, Lucky2BHere has been engaging with secondary schools to offer a programme of emergency life support training, with the intention to delivery initially to S3 pupils. An evaluation will take place at the end of its current term to consider its success and sustainability. The goal is to ensure that all young people in Highland leave secondary school having had the opportunity to undertake life-saving training.
Interim Head of Education, Nicky Grant, said: "Lucky2BHere has been delivering this training in some of our schools for some time, through PSE or as part of the Health and Wellbeing curriculum. This is directly linked to improving outcomes for children, young people and their families."
The Lucky2Bhere charity was set up in 2009 by Ross Cowie from Portree, following his survival from a sudden cardiac arrest. To read more about the charity, please visit their website.