When Alun Sturley registered with Workways + to help him find a job little did he realise that he would learn a skill that would one day help to save his father’s life.
Alun had been actively seeking work but because of a serious back injury and lack of training qualifications he had not been able to secure a job. Alun registered with Workways +, the service dedicated to helping people improve their lives through skills training, work experience, employment and volunteering. Workways+ was able to provide Alun with expert support from one of their experienced employment mentors. It was agreed that Alun would benefit from additional skills training, qualifications and certificates. Workways+ identified a first aid training course that would be attractive to potential employers. Workways+ was able to fund the cost of the course. Alun successfully completed the training and it now features prominently in his CV.
Whilst Alun was visiting family, his father suffered a heart attack. Through his training Alun recognised the signs and he immediately positioned his father onto the floor and started CPR. Alun worked on his father for 15 minutes until the paramedics arrived and took over. Alun’s first aid training saved his father’s life.
In 2022, Alun’s mother Pauline nominated him for a British Heart Foundation Heart Hero Award to recognise his amazing, life-saving achievement. Alun was reunited with his Wokways+ mentors, John Thomas and Rebecca Bassett at BHF’s Carmarthen shop where BHF Cymru Rhodri Thomas presented Alun with his Heart Hero Award.
Alun said, “I am so grateful for the support Workways+ has given me. They are a nice team of people that work hard to help people get on. Helping my dad means the world to me and that is down to the first aid training I had. Workways has boosted my confidence and helped me with practical support. I can’t thank them enough”
To help saves lives you can learn CPR in 15 minutes with the BHF, go to www.bhf.org.uk/revivr
For information on how you can get help from Workways+, please see this website.
Workways + is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.