Asthma is a physical condition that effects the lungs. In the UK, around 12% of people have an Asthma diagnosis. It is very likely that a member of your scouting community may have the condition.
Please ensure that all members of your unit complete health forms and have the opportunity to update them on a regular basis to ensure you are aware of all physical conditions. Encourage the asthma sufferer to bring their pumps with them to all sessions.
Depending on the person, Asthma can be very severe or very mild. It is important that should you plan a physically challenging task, you keep in mind that the person with asthma may be unable to participate and therefore it is imperative that you have an alternative that they can fully participate in.
For more information on what asthma is and what to do in the instance that an asthma attack occurs, visit Scouts.org.uk
Here are some practical tips that will be useful for leaders when planning sessions and how to ensure those with asthma are fully included.
For more information on asthma, go to Asthma UK.
Please remember asthma can be a very serious and life threatening condition, if someone has an asthma attack and their usual treatments/inhalers aren’t relieving symptoms, do not hesitate to call 999.
Alison Docherty – Assistant Area Commissioner Inclusion
Kathy Fletcher – Deputy Area Youth Commissioner Inclusion