FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, UK

Deliveroo to have their riders learn first-aid by British Red Cross

Study shows that only 45% of Brits have the confidence to administer first-aid.

Deliveroo, along with the British Red Cross, plans to give first-aid training courses to 1,500 of its riders in UK and another 1,500 from 10 other countries.

The LifeCycle Training Programme will be a two-hour session focusing on approaches when encountering someone who’s unresponsive, choking adults, children and even babies.

It will start in cities such as London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol and Nottingham before going overseas.

“We all hope that someone would be able to help us in an emergency, but research from the British Red Cross shows that few people feel they have the skills and confidence to act in some of the most serious situations,” British Red Cross head of First Aid Education Joe Mulligan said. “In the same way that everybody knows to call 999 when someone is unresponsive and not breathing, we need to make sure that people know what to do until the ambulance arrives.”

The initiative is said to help have more people develop life-saving skills. It is also said to be driven by the recent incident in Edinburgh where a Deliveroo rider assisted a man needing medical help by telling his companions to get emergency services.

"I’m really proud of the fact that our riders consistently go above and beyond day in, day out when making deliveries. Our riders are a force for good, present in cities and neighbourhoods across the UK and we wanted to make sure they had the skills to match, Dan Warne said, managing director of Deliveroo UK and Ireland.

“We hope that by offering this training, riders will feel empowered to use these new skills if needed, which could make a real difference to people in the communities that we work in,” he added.

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