CLYDEMUIR Primary pupils learned lifesaving skills thanks to a new programme from Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce.

Thirty pupils, along with teachers Miss Eccles and Mrs Barclay, attended an Emergency First Aid session facilitated by St Andrew’s First Aid at the Chamber Business Hub as part of their “Building Bridges” programme.

The session covered CPR and the dangers involved, CPR training using dummies, how to send for help and check for dangers.

It also took in bandaging, broken bones and bleeding and how to deal with choking including the opportunity for the pupils to practice skills with the St Andrew’s volunteers/trainers.

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Sharon Colvan, who is helping to develop the programme, said: “The kids really enjoyed learning more about first aid and taking part in practical scenarios. First aid is a really important practical life skill that could help save someone’s life but also one that looks good on a CV.

“This was the first event organised as part of the Chamber’s Building Bridges programme which is designed to connect schools with business and develop skills in Dunbartonshire.

“We have had a lot of interest already both from businesses, partners and schools which is really positive. This first event is a great example of how we can connect one of our Chamber members, meet some of their community engagement and corporate objectives and give new skills to young people in the area.”

If you would like to find out more about Building Bridges, getting involved or sponsorship, contact Damon Scott on 0141 280 0272 or email