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FAQ - Centres

If you have been (or would like to be) a host location for one or more of our sessions, then this is the FAQ for you! If you're in the wrong place, go back to the main page 

How qualified are you?

Before our volunteers can train anyone, they must undergo an assessed qualification by the Royal Life Saving Society. This involves adult, child and infant life-saving (CPR, choking and drowning). Our volunteers have a Life Support 3 qualification, and are also trained as Community Instructors.   

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Are you safe to work with?

We'd like to think so! All our volunteers have received a DBS Check, and have been certified as free of a criminal record. Everyone is hand-picked by the committee, and unsafe behaviour is not tolerated.  

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Can I host a session?

Of course - we're always looking for new centres to partner with, and it would be great if you could be one of them! If you would like to arrange a session with us, please contact us, or email to ask for a request form in Microsoft Word format.  

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Will we be committed to anything if we agree to hold a session?

Absolutely not. We give you as much flexibility as you want in terms of the number of sessions you hold. It can be a one-off, or on a more regular basis. We will also ask you via a feedback form whether you want to be contacted again by us or not, and we will respect that. 

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How long to sessions take?

Sessions typically last around an hour and a half. This includes administration, teaching time, time for attendees to practise, and time for questions. We want to ensure we are as thorough as possible: some sessions can last the full time, whereas some might not take as long - it depends on the group.  

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Are you able to provide us with your resources?

Unfortunately, we are unable to distribute our resources to centres. If you would like other members of your centre to learn what we have taught, it's best to arrange another session with us.  Furthermore, attendees who have come to our session will receive a pocket-sized leaflet to help refresh their memories.  

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How many people can you teach at once?

One of our volunteers can teach to a maximum of 12 people. We normally have around 15 volunteers, so that's 180 people maximum. In reality, we can normally bring around 3-4 volunteers - that's around 40 or so attendees we can teach. We normally want around 5 or more attendees to make our session worthwhile, though.  

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To whom can you teach?

Anyone who is willing to learn - parents, siblings, your name it! 

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We have our own forms that we need to fill out - is this OK?

We're very happy for you to bring your own forms: we bring our own feedback forms, and an attendance form that attendees need to fill out. If you want to bring any other paperwork or materials, it should be fine to do. If you're unsure, please contact us. 

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What will you be bringing with you?

We tend to bring the following items:

  • Baby CPR manikins;
  • Certificates for the attendees;
  • Refresher pocket-sized leaflets (z-cards) for the attendees;
  • A laptop with our PowerPoint presentation loaded onto it;
  • Donation box and envelopes;
  • A portable projector if you are unable to provide one.

If there is anything else you might like us to bring, please contact us. 

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What happens in a typical session?

Normally, the attendees will be in a group with around 5-10 other people (depending on centre requirements), and we will be presenting to at the front. Here's a basic outline:

  • We start by teaching you cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Attendees will be shown a run-through and a couple of videos.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to practise CPR on our baby manikins in smaller groups, and ask any questions.
  • We will teach you what to do if a baby is choking, and once again, attendees will be able  to practise.
  • We will then teach attendees what to do if a baby is drowning, with optional practice.
  • They will then be shown some scenarios that they can work through as a group.
  • To finish off, we ask attendees to fill out some attendance and feedback forms. Everyone will have an opportunity to donate to us, and will receive an unofficial certificate and a leaflet which recaps what they have learnt.
  • After a session has finished, we normally send an email to you, asking from feedback from your centre (normally the person that organised the session).

If you would like us to include anything else, or have any questions, feel free to contact us 

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Up to what age does your teaching apply?

We don't have age limits: as long as the attendees are able, and willing, to learn, they are free to come to the session. 

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Do we need to provide anything?

Not much! It would be great if you could provide us with the following on the day:

  • A couple of tables;
  • Enough chairs for everyone;
  • Ideally a crèche (if there are children coming) so the attendees can learn without distraction;
  • Ideally, a projector so we can present our PowerPoint. 

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What will the session cost us?

Nothing at all. At SABL, we believe that knowing life-saving skills shouldn't have a price tag. Centres like yours are very generous to provide us with a location to teach, so we would hate to take advantage of you. Parents are also taught for free. We do, however, ask for donations from our parents and your centre if possible - this keeps our project running, as we are entirely volunteer-run.

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