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Forty youngsters from the Rhoose area have been given vital first aid training thanks to Tarmac’s Aberthaw Cement Plant.

The children, who are aged 9-18 and members of The Vale Parent Child Homework Support Club, underwent the life skills session after Tarmac donated money to fund the course.

Tarmac’s Aberthaw Plant Manager, Chris Bradbury, added, “We are delighted to have been able to fund this course and that there was such an appetite amongst Rhoose youngsters. Safety is of paramount importance to our business, and first aid is a simple skill to learn but it can have an incredible impact. We’re delighted that so many people came forward to undertake this valuable training.”

Taking place at Rhoose Community Centre, the full day course gave the youngsters the opportunity to undertake practical exercises whilst also learning the theory behind first aid and how to treat the most common injuries and accidents.

Ross Harris, 11, from Rhoose Point, was one of the course participants. He said, “We all have accidents and get hurt every so often and so when I learnt of the opportunity to train in first aid I jumped at the chance. The course was fantastic and gave us all a good grounding and understanding of first aid. I certainly now feel much more comfortable and confident in making the right decisions faced in a situation where someone is hurt.”

Tarmac provided the funding as part of its local community commitment. It has partnered with The Vale Parent/Child Homework Support Club for two years, which helps support children across the Vale of Glamorgan to keep up with their school work and give them confidence in their learning abilities. The Club is run by volunteers and holds English and maths support sessions for local Vale school children and is now helping older family members to further their skills with adult learning support. It meets on Tuesday and Thursday during school term time at the Rhoose Community Centre.

One of The Vale Parent Child Homework Support Club founder members, Cath Watkins, said, “Thanks to Tarmac’s generous donation to fund this training course, we have been able to reach out to young members of the Rhoose community to provide them with a solid understanding of first aid. We hope that they won’t need to put their learning into practice but should they need to do so they can do it with confidence."

Aberthaw Cement Plant is the only cement works in south Wales. Cement made at Aberthaw has contributed to some of Wales’ most significant construction projects of recent time, including Pembroke Power Station, The Millennium Centre and home of the Welsh Government - The Senedd, both in Cardiff Bay.

For more information on Aberthaw Cement Plant visit the website

Image - Mia Shanahan, Hallie Shather, Ross Harris and Caitlin Cook at the training


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