A Lincolnshire charity will be able to respond to more emergency call outs thanks to a new funding grant.
LIVES, who provide a much needed first response service to emergencies across Lincolnshire have been awarded a grant of £15,270 from CDS Action which is the charity set up by community dental social enterprise CDS-CIC to support projects in the communities where it operates. The additional funding will be used to recruit and train three additional medical responders.
The first minutes following a major trauma or serious illness can make the difference between life and death. Providing the right medical treatment within that window, not only save lives, it can help to ensure better patient recovery and outcomes.
In Lincolnshire, the combination of a highly dispersed population and a very rural landscape and road network makes it extremely difficult to reach patients fast to provide clinical assessment and deliver the necessary care. LIVES utilises volunteer medics to bring the hospital to the patient, wherever they may be, minimising the delay in getting life-saving treatment underway. Medics are volunteers who are health care professionals with full or part time paid employment, volunteering in their spare time between shifts.
CDS provides community dentistry services across much of the East of England, including Lincolnshire. As a social enterprise, any surplus is reinvested back into the support it provides for patients or into community health and well-being projects through the charity CDS Action. So far, £125,000 has been awarded in grants to charities, social enterprises or community groups.
Alison Reid, CDS Chief Executive said: ‘CDS is an employee owned social enterprise and Community Interest Company. Our commitment in working with our charity, CDS Action is to ensure we improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, as CDS Action was set up to increase our impact and share the benefits from any surplus we are successfully able to donate. We hope that our investment will make a real difference in Lincolnshire via the skilled support of LIVES.”
Nikki Silver, CEO from LIVES, said: “2017 has been a record year for LIVES community first responders and medic responders, helping 21,550 people in medical emergency. This grant is therefore incredibly timely in helping us to recruit and equip three new volunteer medics for LIVES – the skills they bring to the roadside, day or night, make all the difference and we cannot thank CDS Action enough for this life-saving support”