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First Aid Courses

Would you know what to do if your child stopped breathing?

Did you know that if oxygen does not get to the brain within 3 minutes of a child stopping breathing, that serious brain damage is likely?

Would you know what to do if your child choked?

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Brightest Star now provides Paediatric Emergency First Aid Courses to anyone who wants to learn Paediatric emergency life saving skills. As a charity, we are very passionate about raising awareness of life savings skills and Jack’s Mummy has worked with a qualified trainer to build a 3 hour course that covers:

CPR
CHOKING
CONVULSIONS AND SEIZURES
DROWNING
THE USE OF DEFIBRILLATORS

We understand that Paediatric 1st Aid courses can be expensive and therefore we have tried to keep our costs minimal. Due to cancellations and people not appearing on the day, to book a place on one of our courses, we require a £30 deposit. After your attendance on the course, you can ask for the £30 to be donated to Brightest Star or you can ask for it to be refunded back to you. Please contact us if you have financial difficulties that stop you from booking a space.

Courses can be booked by clicking on the link.

With our trainer, Brightest Star can provide this course and accredited one and two day course for nurseries and child care providers. If this is something that you are interested in please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

http://brighteststar.org.uk/first-aid-courses

Needing Support?

Have you lost a child (of any age, at any time, from any cause of death), a grandchild or a brother/sister and feel that you need some extra support? Do you know some who has lost a child in their family? They may be looking for support and not know that Brightest Star exists.

If so, we have some appointments available with our experienced child bereavement counsellor that you may be interested in. This provides a safe therapeutic space to talk one to one about the child and your grief, thoughts, feelings and worries. If you would like to know more or would like to book an appointment then please contact myself via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via private message.

We also have places available with our play therapist for children who have lost a brother or sister. Again for more information, please get in touch

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Support Meetings 2016

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When Jack died, I didn’t know where to turn, I found I very hard to find help anywhere and in a moment of sheer despair, I called a helpline. The horrific experience you hear on this video is exactly why I started Brightest Star, that experience will live with me until the day that I die. Sadly, my experience of telephone helplines was not unique, only today I heard another story almost identical to mine. Due to my own experience, Brightest Star does not have a helpline number for bereaved families and why I would never turn anyone any who has lost a child, at any age, from any cause of death. I will telephone families personally, meet with them, arrange peer support or one to one counselling sessions if they ask me to but I would never take the chance of any parent having the same experience that I did.

Brightest Star offers support groups to parents that have lost a child at any age, from any cause of death. The meetings are very informal and there to provide a space for people to talk about their child and their grief. They allow people the chance to meet others who are sharing similar experiences, thoughts and feelings to them. There are there to let people know that they are not alone.

In Glasgow, our next support meetings are:
Monday 7th November 2016 Level 3, Glasgow Hilton, William Street, 1800-2000
Monday 5th December 2016 - Level 3, Glasgow Hilton, William Street, 1800-2000

In Edinburgh, our next support meeting is:
Wednesday 12th October , Radisson Blue, The Royal Mile, 1800-2000

I am starting a new support group for parents that have bereaved within the last 12-24 months, this will take place on Thursday 13th October and start at 6pm

Brightest Star Office
Pavillion 3 - St James Business Park
2nd Floor
81 Linwood Road
Paisley
PA3 3AT

If you know anyone who has lost a child, it doesn’t matter how long ago they lost a son or daughter, what age they were or what they died from, please share this post with them and all your friends. If people don’t know about Brightest Star then we can’t support them. If anyone would like more information on Brightest Stars support meetings, then please feel free to get it touch.

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Our Events

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I am overwhelmed at the number of people have already been in touch to say that they are organising fundraising nights or attending future events. We have two organised events left this year.

For adults...The Great ...Scottish Run 10k or half marathon on Sunday 2nd Oct 2016.

For children and families....The Family Great Scottish Run for under 5s or the Junior Great Scottish Run for 9-15 or the Family Mile for 3-8 accompanied by an adult on Sat 1st Oct 2016

Or the Glasgow Santa Dash on Sunday 3rd December.

Tag your friends, family and workmates in this post, do one of these events together and when you see our ambulance on the road, you can feel pride in knowing you helped towards that!!

Thank you for everyones support.

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