Funding available for community groups to install defibrillators

7 September 2017

Parish councils, local charities, community groups and social enterprises based within Taunton Deane can all apply for funding, which can help towards the cost of installing a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in communities across Taunton Deane.  Applications can be for up to half of the cost of installing an AED, up to a total of £1,000.

A defibrillator is a device used to give an electric shock which helps restart a person’s heart when they are in cardiac arrest.  With more public access defibrillators, more people could receive this essential, life-saving step ahead of an ambulance, giving them the best possible chance of survival.

Jane Warmington, Taunton Deane Borough Council Executive Member and Portfolio Holder for Community Leadership said: "There is a lot of interest from local communities wanting to invest in their own defibrillators.  Taunton Deane is pleased to be able to offer some financial support towards such projects.”

Over 3,600 people are resuscitated by ambulance staff every year in the South West because they suffer a pre-hospital cardiac arrest.  For every minute that passes once in cardiac arrest, a person loses a further 10% chance of survival, and with this dramatic loss in chance of survival.  Without doubt greater availability of defibrillators would improve cardiac arrest survival rates.*

If you run a local community project and would like to find out about our grant funding, please call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949 or visit: Somerset Community Foundation

*Source: South Western Ambulance Service