Community Outreach Programme
The Society's Community Outreach Programme includes many training and water events around the country. The Community Outreach Programme also involves the training of two community awards, and these are Save a Baby's Life and Community Life Support.
The Community Outreach Programme awards are for public information, and are not subject to a final assessment.
Community Life Support
The Community Life Support programme is designed to educate people to know what to do in an emergency.
The Community Life Support programme is part of RLSS UK's highly effective community outreach programmes aimed at raising awareness of water safety, educating people in what to do in emergency situations and to equip them with the necessary skills to assist people who have stopped breathing, are choking, or suffering from heart attack.
RLSS UK provides this programme because each year thousands of needless deaths could be prevented if there was someone on hand who had been trained to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The more members of the public who are trained in resuscitation and lifesaving first aid, the more lives can be saved.
The Community Life Support programme teaches Lifesaving skills for both children and adults.
Save a Baby's Life
The Save a Baby's Life programme is designed to introduce anyone who cares for a baby, be they parents, grandparents, guardians, friends, babysitters or even older siblings to some basic emergency action skills.
RLSS UK provides this programme because:
- 9 out of 10 parents don't know basic first aid skills that could help them to save their child's life, and only 20% of parents in the UK think that they could resuscitate their child.
- 22% of parents have suffered the distress of watching their child choke and 'didn't know what to do'.
Nationally, a third of parents say they or someone that their child visits has a pond and only 61% of these ponds are securely covered or fenced
The Save a Baby's Life programme covers how to administer Life Support for a baby who has stopped breathing, or who is choking, and an explanation of what to do in a drowning incident.