Nettleham LIVES | News Update | June 2017
The Early Days of Nettleham LIVES
In the winter 2016 print edition of Nettleham News I wrote about Mavis Kirton (a LIVES Champion for many years) and about some of the early pioneers who were instrumental in setting up the group within the village.
Whilst it is always difficult to remember to thank everyone involved, there were a few notable names that I neglected to mention from such a special team. A belated thank you to the following: Mandy Blow, Marie Charnock, Hazel and Michael Holman, Cathy and Ray Pelcot, Daniel Race, Stephen Siewright, Roger Vickers, Doreen Waving, Angela White, and Rosemary and Zeb Zamo who helped to make Nettleham LIVES such an early success back in 2002.
Although Nettleham LIVES became operational in March 2002, it took about 18 months to recruit enough Responders and Volunteers and to have sufficient funds available to cover the cost of equipment hire and training. One of the biggest fundraising events at the time was a Race Night held at the Police Headquarters which raised something in the order of £1,100.
Whilst fundraising for any charity can never be thought of as easy, Nettleham residents are always willing to support us in this regard – thank you everybody for your generosity, we really couldn’t continue without you.
Administrative Changes to Nettleham LIVES
With effect from 1st April 2017 Nettleham LIVES cluster with other local LIVES groups. These include Sudbrooke (with whom we are already linked), Cherry Willingham, Nettleham Road, Lincoln St Giles, Ermine East and West. This does not mean that our Responders will be called out to a larger geographical area, simply that we now share administrative support with some of the smaller branches in terms of co-ordinating, training, and publicity etc.
Now I’ll move onto a fairly normal plea to my fellow residents…
Recruiting New Members
Could 2017 be the year that sees you getting involved in the local community?
LIVES is such a worthwhile cause, we are a great team of like-minded individuals who want to give “something back” to the people we live alongside. At our AGM in October, numbers reported for the 12 months to 30th September 2016 confirmed that our Responders were called out on 390 occasions, despite having just 8 active Responders.
Please will you consider joining us as a Responder?
Duties for a First Responder will typically involve dealing with patients aged 12 and upwards to provide basic life-saving support, including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy, defibrillation and scene control. Reassurance and TLC are often all that is required whilst you are monitoring vital statistics and awaiting support from the emergency services. Importantly, no previous experience is necessary, as full training will be provided at LIVES Headquarters in Horncastle.
If you work full-time, part-time or are actively retired we would love to hear from you. You need to be aged 18 or over, have a car readily available, be reasonably fit, be adaptable and have a calm and caring nature. Although we try to provide cover on a 24 hour basis, you tell us via the rota what duties you are able to undertake and if things change, just let us know. As a community based volunteer you are able to combine your LIVES duties, with village life as normal but importantly you can reach a fellow resident within a matter of minutes.
So for example, you are on duty on a Saturday during the day – you’ll have the defibrillator and associated equipment easily accessible within the house, the car fuelled and ready to go and the LIVES phone to hand to enable the LIVES desk at Ambulance Control to contact you if you are called out. Then you simply carry on as normal – with your housework, gardening, helping the children with their homework, meeting up with friends in the village etc. If you need to go further afield, or something crops up, you simply notify the LIVES desk that you need to go “off line”.
If you are “called out” you’ll have the skills and knowledge to be able to provide basic life-saving support in an emergency situation. Just think how amazing you’ll feel in playing your part in helping a fellow resident.
Let me dispel the myth – dealing with blood or anything gory is extremely rare!
Also, you’ll be joining a great team, who work well together and we also find time to socialise too. You’ll be able to keep your skills up to date with our local trainers and we also meet with the rest of the group every four weeks – where there’s a chance to bring you up to speed with how things are progressing for the Nettleham team as well as the wider LIVES community.
If you’d like to know more about Nettleham LIVES or are interested in joining the team, please contact Edward Rouse, our Co-ordinator, on 01522 753033. Make the call, you’ll be glad you did!
LIVES is supporting BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s 2017 Save a Life Campaign to teach 10,000 people across the County Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Remember anyone can save a life and anyone can learn and perform CPR, yet it can make the difference between life and death. Nettleham LIVES will be holding a recruitment campaign, alongside a demonstration of CPR techniques on Nettleham Village Green from 9.00am to 12.30pm on Saturday 10th June 2017, so why not come and try your hand.
Please look out for our flyers for more details.