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14 February 2018

Heartstart teaches skills such as recognising a heart attack, helping an unconscious person, performing CPR and responding to serious bleeding.

  • Pathway 2 Participation is a mentoring programme for 12-19 year olds.
  • Scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council.
  • Heartstart aims to create a nation of life-savers.

Youngsters on the Community Trust’s award-winning Pathway 2 Participation mentoring programme have increased their knowledge of CPR thanks to the support of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Heartstart aims to create a nation of life savers and is a scheme that teaches emergency skills to the British public, some of which include recognising a heart attack and a cardiac arrest, helping an unconscious person, performing CPR and responding to serious bleeding.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council, Pathway 2 Participation enables 12-19 year olds in the Wigan borough to take part in activities designed to improve their health and wellbeing, while also helping them to gain confidence and raise their aspirations and ambitions.

Representatives from Leigh Fire Station have delivered Heartstart sessions to the scheme’s participants, and have enhanced their understanding of the subject.

Dave Coppin, Pathway 2 Participation coordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The skills gained from Heartstart will benefit the youngsters we work with for the rest of the lives, so I can’t stress enough how important this initiative is and the impact it can have on so many people.”

Over 300 young people have been involved in Pathway 2 Participation since its launch, with the programme being highlighted as an example of good practice when the Community Trust were named North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year in March 2017.

Kian Weaver, 15, said: “The Pathway 2 Participation programme has helped to improve my confidence and has taught me to make the right decisions instead of the wrong ones all the time. I’m doing really well now and am happy with my progress.

He added: “The activities we’ve done have been exciting and I’ve made new friends. The best thing about it for me though is that you can have fun and you’re not made to feel pressured into doing anything. The enjoyment of it all is the main focus and that’s the most important aspect.”

For more information about the Pathway 2 Participation mentoring project, please contact Dave Coppin on 01942 318090 or email

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