Scottish First Aid Awards 2017 – Where are they now?
Community First Aid Champion, Harry Saddiq
Harry Saddiq, a paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service, has proven to be a leader of community outreach across West Scotland. In March 2017 Harry, along with his colleagues attended “All Different But United” at St. Roch High School, an event organised by the Arab Culture Society and Glasgow City Council to help break down barriers between the Refugees that have settled in the area and the local community.
Harry and his fellow paramedics taught CPR and basic first aid well promoting the ambulance service and their work to the community. The event was held for ethnic communities and was attended by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other local leaders. Harry also has worked with Active Life Scotland to organise community.
“I am still working as a Paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service, winning the award last year was a surprise and an honour, it motivated me to increase the voluntary work I was doing and have since been involved in various projects including increasing the health awareness and CPR sessions within the BME and Refugee community who have settled here in Scotland. In the weeks and months after receiving the award I have had a number of colleagues approach me wanting to help with all the community work I’m involved in allowing us to expand the work we’re doing.
“Since winning the Community Champion award last November I have developed a medical information form which is being given to all the Refugee’s here in Scotland and basically once filled in has all the information of each individual such as personal and medical details allowing first response medics to start immediate treatment where there could have been a delay due to language difficulties.
“I have also had positive talks with the Scottish Muslim Council and the Sikh Community to have them put in public access AED’S in all the major Mosques and Gurdwara’s and get them registered with the Ambulance Service.
“I have also been heavily involved with Scottish Communities Initiative and the Army in setting up an Anti-Radicalisation program which involved taking youths from BME communities across Scotland and taking them on a week-long challenge at the Redford Barracks, Edinburgh.
“Here they were given the opportunity to gain life skills through team building, community engagement etc. that could help boost their confidence, CV and career prospects by allowing them to achieve certificates of completion that would be otherwise hard to gain. It also allowed males and females to get away from their comfort zones and experience the great outdoors and take part in life skills such as Navigation, Orientation, Shelter Building and First Aid to mention a few.
“My goals for this year is to continue engaging with the wider community doing health awareness and CPR workshops and encourage people, especially youths from the BME community to get involved in volunteering for charities and groups such as St Andrew’s First Aid.”
Can you think of an individual or group who could follow in Harry’s footsteps as our 2018 Community First Aid Champion? Nominate them now at firstaid.org.uk/awards