First aid, fun and a focus on our futures!

Sheffield Young Carers had a brilliant time at the University of Sheffield, learning emergency first aid skills kindly delivered by their medical students.

Young carers are often the only ones around when there are medical emergencies at home, so the training taught them essential skills and built their confidence in case they ever need it.

They learnt:

  • what to say if you need to call the emergency services
  • how to give emergency resuscitation and chest compressions when a person is not breathing
  • how to put someone in the recovery position
  • what to do when a person is choking
  • how to treat burns and cuts
  • what to do if someone overdoses.

The training gave young people crucial skills but also gave them the chance to visit a university and meet ‘real life’ students, including some young adult carers who are studying at the University of Sheffield – great role models who were really inspiring!

Everyone learnt a lot but also had loads of fun, trying on doctor’s uniforms and finding out what it’s like to go to university. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Kate Smith and all the staff and students from the University of Sheffield for hosting us and for giving everyone such an exciting, informative experience!

If you're a young carer and are thinking about studying at university, you can find out about support for carers at universities in Sheffield here:

The University of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University


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