Restart a Heart Day

The 16th of October is just around the corner and that marks Restart A Heart Day. On this day the team at Ajuda, The British Heart Foundation and many more will be helping raise awareness of Cardiac Arrest and the importance of First Aid and CPR knowledge.

Every day in the UK approximately 460 people die due to circulatory diseases, that’s 1 death every 3 minutes. That is some scary information, am I right? Believe it or not the simple knowledge of First Aid and CPR means you could potentially increase a heart attack victim’s chance of survival by a whopping 80% if you administer CPR straight away. That is why these skills are so important for everyday life, whether it be a loved one or a stranger in the street you could save a life.

Now how do you perform CPR in the situation that it is needed? If you witness a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately. Due to the current pandemic, the British Heart Foundation has made some minor changes to how CPR is to be performed, but here are the current steps:

Step 1: Shake and shout for help.

Step 2: Call 999.

Step 3: Don't put your face close to theirs. If you think there's a risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.

Step 4: Give chest compressions only – do not give rescue breaths.

Step 5: Continue until an ambulance arrives.

Step 6: After the ambulance has taken over wash your hands!

We at Ajuda understand how important these skills are, hence why we offer a wide variety of FIRST AID courses that will teach you the skills necessary to save lives.

  • Emergency Life Support
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

To view our selection of courses on Life Support and First Aid, please take a look at our available courses here. 

Restart a Heart Day

The 16th of October is just around the corner and that marks Restart A Heart Day. On this day the team at Ajuda, The British Heart Foundation and many more will be helping raise awareness of Cardiac Arrest and the importance of First Aid and CPR knowledge.

Every day in the UK approximately 460 people die due to circulatory diseases, that’s 1 death every 3 minutes. That is some scary information, am I right? Believe it or not the simple knowledge of First Aid and CPR means you could potentially increase a heart attack victim’s chance of survival by a whopping 80% if you administer CPR straight away. That is why these skills are so important for everyday life, whether it be a loved one or a stranger in the street you could save a life.

Now how do you perform CPR in the situation that it is needed? If you witness a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately. Due to the current pandemic, the British Heart Foundation has made some minor changes to how CPR is to be performed, but here are the current steps:

Step 1: Shake and shout for help.

Step 2: Call 999.

Step 3: Don't put your face close to theirs. If you think there's a risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.

Step 4: Give chest compressions only – do not give rescue breaths.

Step 5: Continue until an ambulance arrives.

Step 6: After the ambulance has taken over wash your hands!

We at Ajuda understand how important these skills are, hence why we offer a wide variety of FIRST AID courses that will teach you the skills necessary to save lives.

  • Emergency Life Support
  • Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (RQF)
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (RQF)

To view our selection of courses on Life Support and First Aid, please take a look at our available courses here. 

Ajuda Wins Veterans Business of the Year Award

Here at Ajuda, we are both proud and honoured to announce that we have been named winners of the Veterans Business of the Year Award for. the second year running.
This achievement, awarded by the Welsh Veterans Awards, recognises that our organisation has overcome challenges, and demonstrates that we went above and beyond to hit our growth targets for the year.
In light of the difficulties we and many other businesses had to face during the pandemic, we must treat this award as a reminder of our determination, grit and flexibility.
This year, the Welsh Veterans Awards were held at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club in Cardiff, in association with The ABF Soldiers’ Charity.
The Veterans Awards are a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and rewards veterans, reservists and the companies that support them. They do a great job celebrating and sharing success stories from communities across the UK, with the Welsh Veterans Awards focusing on the achievements in Wales.
Wales is home to several highly successful veterans, who have seamlessly made the transition from military to civilian life, with many going on to lead fruitful businesses.
We would like to thank both the Veterans Awards and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for all the hard work they do; we would also like to extend a huge congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the night.
Peter Davies, Regional Director Wales for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said:
“As the Welsh Veterans Awards charity partner, we are proud to support the awards and we are thrilled to see Dawn & Ajuda, for the second year running, win the Veterans Business of the Year Award.”

Dawn Evans, our Managing Director, commented:

I am so pleased that Ajuda has won this award 2 years running.  The Ajuda team have worked so hard to adapt to different ways of working throughout the pandemic over the last 18 months.  We all pride ourselves on making a fun and happy working environment as well as productive.  This award is a testament to their hard work and dedication and i am proud of what we have all achieved together. 

COVID has increased mental health issues in Wales

According to a new report from Cardiff University, COVID-19 has increased mental health issues in Wales.

The report, carried out by academics at the Wales Governance Centre, has revealed that the share of people in Wales experiencing severe mental issues had increased from 11.7% to 28.1% by April 2020.
The report found that those hardest hit were young people, low-income earners, and individuals from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
The mental health inequality between those on low and high incomes widened significantly, and on average, women demonstrated worse levels of mental health after the onset of the pandemic compared to men.
Young people aged 16-24 experienced an incredible mental toll due to the pandemic, with their average indicator worsening by 24% relative to the pre-COVID period.
Overall, more than two-thirds of young people in Wales have felt their mental health has deteriorated. 90% of those who said their mental health had worsened in 2020 stated feeling of loneliness as the main cause.
Jesús Rodríguez, Research Assistant on the Centre’s Wales Fiscal Analysis programme and the report’s author, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on mental health across the Welsh population.”
“And while no group has fared particularly well in terms of their mental health, women, younger adults, low-income earners and individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds have experienced worse outcomes. The mental health gap between the wealthiest and poorest has also widened during the pandemic, and we expect significant demands for mental health services for years to come.”
“We know that these kinds of mental health impacts can negatively influence an individual’s future education, employment and health outcomes, and so, significant resources will be required for mental health services going forward.”

We have many other training courses here

For more information why not contact us at admin@ajuda.org.uk

The benefits of Mental Health First Aid training.

At least one in four adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year, and due to the pandemic, mental health issues are on the rise – especially in Wales.

Mental health issues are very common in the workplace due to work-related stress and the associated challenges and costs. Remote working, returning to work, and COVID in general, have added to these challenges, with mental health issues in Wales seemingly on the rise.

On average, every year in the UK, 70 million workdays are lost due to mental health problems; costing employers approx. £2.4 billion per year.

Now, more than ever, businesses and organisations need to understand the importance of addressing mental health in the workplace. It is their responsibility to look after their employee’s health and wellness.

At Ajuda, we can deliver courses that ensure your company has a Mental Health First Aider on site; individuals who have the confidence to spot the early warning signs of mental health issues (such as depression, anxiety disorders, stress, etc.) and encourage early intervention.

So, what are the benefits of Mental Health First Aid training?

Opening Up

One of the key issues surrounding mental health is the lack of communication. Some people simply see talking about mental health issues as a taboo subject.
Overall, mental health is being talked about more and more; however, the UK has a long way to go before it opens up and starts to treat mental health the same way it treats physical health.
Investing in mental health first aid training will help your employees comfortably start a conversation and open up about their well-being.

Educate

The fundamental reason we deliver these courses is to educate. Employees will gain expertise, experience and relevant knowledge.
This will help them recognise potential triggers and early warning signs, allowing them to encourage the necessary support.

Positive Workplace Culture

Mental health first aid training will contribute towards your company building a positive and sustainable culture.
Employees on the course will be taught the importance of health and wellbeing and will gain skills in communicating empathically and positively.

Aid in Recovery

In addition to being able to spot the early warning signs and triggers, mental health first aiders will be able to help guide and support employees who are going through recovery.
Again, this benefit will boost the positive environment in your workplace.

Personal Wellness

A key aspect of any positive workplace culture is looking after one’s own personal health and wellbeing.
Individuals need to understand the importance of looking after their mental health, and what to do if they experience obstacles and issues.
Overall, people being aware of the problems will reduce the negative impact of mental health issues in the workplace.

Building Resilience

Education, knowledge, and the encouragement of communication will help your employees build up their mental resilience.
This can reduce mental health-related sick days, and also help employees with their future issues.
Better Productivity
Multiple studies have shown that the better the mental health support in a workplace, the more productive it is.
Employees who feel supported, healthy and mentally resilient can concentrate and focus on tasks, and are far more confident in their roles.

 

Additionally, work-related stress, which negatively impacts productivity, can be avoided. 

Book onto one of our training courses and learn more about Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid Refresher

Course information

The Adult MHFA Refresher course is a 4 hour course for people who have previously completed the 12 hour Adult MHFA course within the last 3 years. The MHFA Refresher course will extend the certification or a further 3 years.

Want us to bring the training to you?

If we don't have dates suitable for you at our training centre then we can bring the training to your workplace.

Contact us on 02920 576883 or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes

The Adult MHFA Refresher will give participants the opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills they learnt from the 12 hour Adult MHFA course. During this course participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in mental health
  • Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
  • Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
  • Practice mental health first aid skills

The content of each refresher course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Key Facts

  • Duration: 1/2 Day
  • Individual Price: £95.00
  • Group Price (up to 12): £695
  • Certificate will last for 3 years.

Venue

Ajuda Training Academy
15 Mount Stuart Square,
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff,
CF10 5DP
Phone: 029 2057 6883
Email: info@ajuda.org.uk

Tips for dealing with exam results stress

After an intense few months of revising and worrying for many young people undertaking GCSE and A-Level exams, the results of their hard work will be revealed over the next few weeks, with A-level results this year taking place on 10th August, and GCSE’s on the 12th. 

Although some may say that the hardest part is over, for many young people the days leading to results day will be full of anxiety, stress and doubt.  If you have a child, or care for someone who is dealing with the pressure of a doubtful exam results day, here are some positive steps you can take, and bits of advice to give them before and during the day. 

Discourage overuse of social media

In the lead-up to the day, and particularly the day itself, their social media feeds will be full of people posting about the upcoming results. Although some posts may help them see that others are in the same boat, the continuous reminder of these emotions may cause the young person to overthink things and cause further worry and panic. If they do not get the results they were hoping for, social media will be full of celebratory posts which could make them feel even worse. 

Suggesting some calming activities that could distract them such as a walk, or watching a favourite film.

Remind them that exam results aren’t everything

Although it may feel like the most important thing at the moment, there are so many qualities and skills in a person that can’t be measured by school exams. Remind them of the good qualities they have that make them special, and reassure them that no matter what results they have, you will be proud of their hard work and support them moving forward in life. 

Look to the future 

It’s important to remind the young person that even if they do not get the results they wanted or expected, there are always alternative routes to gain the life skills, qualifications and work experience they need to go forward in life. If they are in the right mindset, you could help them look for their next step – whether that be further learning through school, apprenticeship, college or university. 

Helping them look forward to the future will help to keep their spirits up, and may relieve some feelings of worry and anxiety. 

On our Youth Mental Health First Aid course, Ajuda cover topics including stress and anxiety, with lots of practical tips on ways of dealing with these with young people in your care. Our courses can be booked in-house at our Cardiff Bay Training Centre, or at a location of your choice for groups of 12 or more. We also run this course Virtually (New for 2021).  

Ajuda are also busy organising our upcoming Talking Mental Health Conference Virtually over Zoom on October 7th (Adult) & 8th (Youth). We have talks on the day about mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar, depression and more, along with a selection of mental health organisations, charities and services at our exhibition. 

You can order tickets for the conference here.

Our Guide to Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace.

Ajuda’s absolute guide to promoting health and wellbeing within a business.

Ultimately, encouraging health and wellbeing in the workplace can vary from simple changes and small investments to staff training and wellness programmes.

The main idea is to foster a supportive environment that advocates for communication, confidence and health. It is about enhancing social interactions, building personal skills, and valuing employees.

Why should businesses promote health and wellness?

Apart from the obvious benefits, there are many reasons why organisations should promote health and wellness.

Business advantages that come from promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace, include:

Increased productivity.

Enhanced staff decision-making capabilities.

Reduced risk of long-term health problems.

Fewer sick leave and absenteeism.

Reduced employee turnover.

Improved talent attraction.

Better company culture.

Increased ROI on training.

Healthy employees have better morale, motivation, and concentration. Quite simply, workers can make far better decisions when they are happy and healthy.

On average, healthy workplace environments are 15% more productive.

So, how do businesses create a healthy work environment?

There are numerous ways to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace, and each company will have their unique strategy.

However, here are some steps we think every organisation should take

Establish a workplace commitment.

Firstly, it is important to establish an agreed commitment.

From the management team to the employees, everyone needs to get on board and commit to achieving a healthy workplace environment.

Additionally, businesses should also seek to get everyone involved.

Allow employee voices to be heard. Do they have concerns? Can they identify areas that need improvement? Do they feel comfortable with the current work-life balance? Do workers feel like they can talk about their health problems to the management team?

Next, formulate a plan.

Take employee feedback onboard and identify key areas for improvement. Then, formulate a plan that addresses existing issues or problems.

For example, if employees identify that there are no healthy options in the cafeteria, then perhaps the plan can focus on this.

If employees report high levels of stress, then this area needs to be addressed.

If workers feel like they cannot talk about their mental health problems to the management team, then perhaps communication within the workplace needs to improve.

When creating your plan to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace, be sure to keep things relevant to your workers’ specific needs.

Take action.

Make changes that benefit your employees.

Give them the correct training and education to ensure success.

But remember, some changes will take time to take effect, and workplace culture cannot change overnight.

Overall, if businesses commit to making positive changes, and carefully plan their actions, then they should be able to successfully encourage health and wellbeing in the workplace.

What simple changes can businesses make?

Check out our previous article to find out 5 simple things businesses can do to improve health and wellbeing in the workplace.

https://www.ajuda.org.uk/2021/05/19/5-simple-things-businesses-can-do-to-improve-health-and-wellbeing-in-the-workplace/ 

 

To summarise, here are 5 changes we think businesses can make today:

        Promote a healthy diet.

        Encourage exercise.

        Show praise and recognition.

        Improve employee’s work-life balance.

        Educate employees on physical and mental health.

 

Lockdown’s Effect on Health and Wellness.

In this blog post, we will look at the impact lockdown has had on people’s health and wellness. 

Overall, the pandemic has been a terrible time for a lot of people, and although needed, the government lockdowns have had a detrimental effect on people’s health and wellness. 

Increased Stress and Anxiety 

Fear of the virus, the anxiety of losing one’s job, the stress of working from home; there are many reasons why people may be feeling increased feelings of stress and anxiety during these times. 

Research has shown that in March 2020, when lockdowns first started, 49.6% of people reported an increase in high levels of anxiety. 

Stress and anxiety can cause a range of health problems, including:

– Anger issues. 

– Poor sleep. 

– Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances. 

– Headaches and migraines. 

– Depression. 

– Increased blood pressure. 

– Further health risks. 

It is important to remember that stress and anxiety are not just feelings, they are physical changes that can be felt by the body. 

Rising blood pressure, constricting blood vessels, increased hormones; these physiological changes can lead to a variety of further health problems. 

Increased Loneliness 

The experience of working-from-home, or being stuck in the house, has left many people with feelings of loneliness. And, as naturally social beings, feelings of loneliness can have an extremely negative impact on people’s health and wellness. 

Studies have linked social isolation to higher risks of mental and physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, obesity, depression, anxiety, and many more. 

Feelings of loneliness during lockdown have been particularly prevalent amongst young adults, with 50% of 16-24 years olds reported feelings of ‘lockdown loneliness.’ 

Work-related Issues 

The relationship between work and health can not be underestimated. People who experience work-related issues, often also experience problems with their health and wellness. 

For some, working from home has been somewhat of a gift. But for others, this has been a tough time of adaptation and change. It really depends on the individual. 

Of course, many are now returning to their workplaces and offices. However, after a year of turmoil, returning to work can also cause stress and anxiety.

Essentially, returning to a job after a period of absence can be overwhelming and challenging.   

Overall, employers and businesses must support their staff during these difficulties, and make sure that they are ready to adapt. 

Maintaining and monitoring Health and wellness in the workplace is essential. 

In Conclusion

Again, although completely necessary, lockdown has had detrimental impact on people’s health and wellness. Stress, loneliness, depression, work-related anxiety; there many issues at play.
On a lighter note, it has not all been doom and gloom. There have been some positive impacts.
Some people have taken lockdown as a sign to prioritise their physical and mental health. Exercise is on the rise, and many more people are starting to see the importance of personal wellbeing.
Either way, now more than ever, it is important to show people support and help them overcome any issues. To reiterate, employers and businesses need to maintain and monitor employees’ health and wellness in the workplace.

What is CPR and why is it important? The medical technique performed on Christian Eriksen.

Many footballer fans and viewers from around the world were left shocked on the 12th of June, as renowned Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, collapsed on the pitch in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland.

It has since been confirmed that the sportsman had suffered from a cardiac arrest.

Luckily, a team of medical professionals were able to swiftly treat the athlete and perform the CPR technique, undoubtedly saving him.The lifesaving actions of both the players and medical professionals serve as a reminder of just how important learning first aid and CPR is.

What is CPR?

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

It is a first-aid technique that involves performing chest compressions and rescue breaths on the victim. Essentially, this action replaces the role of the heart and lungs, pumping blood and oxygen around the victim’s body. 

This life-saving technique can be used in emergencies such as hearts attacks or a near-drowning, wherein the victim’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

It is recommended that individuals perform CPR even if they are somewhat unsure of how to do so. But, of course, first-aid training and CPR knowledge is extremely important.

How do I perform CPR?

If you witness a cardiac arrest, you must call 999 and start CPR immediately.

Due to the current pandemic, the British Heart Foundation has made some minor changes to how CPR is to be performed, but here are the current steps:

Step 1: Shake and shout for help.

Step 2: Call 999.

Step 3: Don't put your face close to theirs. If you think there's a risk of infection, use a towel or a piece of clothing and lay it over their mouth and nose.

Step 4: Give chest compressions only – do not give rescue breaths.

Step 5: Continue until an ambulance arrives.

Step 6: After the ambulance has taken over wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.

Learning CPR is invaluable and can potentially save a life.

Click here to watch BHF’s guide on giving CPR during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKUY4kUllog&t=43s

Book onto one of our fully accredited courses today

Contact us on 02920576883 or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

Changes have been made to the training you now need for a front-line SIA license.

Security Industry Authority (SIA) front-line license holders will be required to complete compulsory first aid training. 

As you may or may not be aware, from the 1st of April 2021, Door Supervisor or Security Guard license applicants will now be required to complete first aid training. 

In addition, those looking to renew their SIA license will be required to complete training from the 1st of October 2021. 

More specifically, front line SIA license holders will be required to complete an Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (or an equivalent) before training to be a door supervisor or security guard. 

Why is the SIA making these changes? 

The SIA has decided to make these changes to keep the public safe and improve the skills of license holders. 

Those working in the private, front-line security industry must understand how to both follow new working practices and make the best use of new technology. 

Do I have to have the first aid training before I do my door supervisor or security guard top-up training?

To clarify, the SIA has clearly stated that both new license applicants and those looking to take top-up training will be required to complete Emergency First Aid at Working training (or equivalent training). 

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) 

Here at Ajuda, we can provide the Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF).

Furthermore, this Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become an SIA license holder and provides learners with the skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in a low-risk workplace environment for the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. 

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to: 

1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a first aider. 

2. Be able to assess an incident. 

3. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is breathing normally (recovery position). 

4. Be able to manage an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing normally (CPR). 

5. Be able to recognise and assist a casualty who is choking. 

6. Be able to manage a casualty with external bleeding. 

7. Be able to manage a casualty who is in shock. 

8. Be able to manage a casualty with a minor injury. 

We want to work with you. 

At Ajuda, we have been delivering accredited First Aid qualifications for the security industry since 2006, and we have already welcomed many SIA License Holders since the start of 2021 in preparation for the proposed changes mentioned above. 

We thrive on watching all our candidates succeed and we have a 98% pass rate on all accredited qualifications. 

Above all, our prices are highly competitive, starting at just £795 + vat per group of 12 delegates. That is only £66.25 per person for a fully accredited qualification in first aid. 

What is even better, is the fact we will come to your place of work and train your staff in a venue of your choice; at a time and date that best suits your needs. 

We can help you be ready for the changes that are about the come. 

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Tel – 02920576883 Email – Admin@ajuda.org.uk

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Show (Virtual) 2021

The Mental Health  and Wellbeing Show is tomorrow

Here at Ajuda we are all super excited to be sponsoring and exhibiting at this Virtual Event on May 20th 2021

This will be an all-day show, aiming to promote positive mental health

Thursday May 20th 

Virtual Tickets 

Free Entry

There will be an exciting Ajuda Stand, so pop along and interact with Kris, who is going to be there all day and ready to assist.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show – a professional Virtual interactive all-day show on the 20th May 2021. By using state of the art technology the show will allow you to feel like you are at a real live event without actually leaving the house or office. Aiming to promote positive mental health through open conversation, promoting awareness and sharing real-life experiences.

The show will include a selection of seminars focused on topics such as coping with mental illness, ways to promote positive mental health, and how to support people around you who are suffering with ill mental health. Alongside this is an exhibition with over 60 charities, organisations and companies promoting their helpful resources, services and initiatives designed to support positive mental health and wellbeing.

The event is suitable for:

Adult Services, Schools, GPs, NHS Staff, CAMHS, Housing Associations, Charities, Youth Clubs, Staff in Residential Housing for Children and Mental Health, Foster Carers, Rehabilitation Centres, Colleges, Police Services, Sports Clubs, Spiritual and Holistic Therapists and many more!

Seminar and workshop topics will include;

Experiencing and living with mental health conditions including; Depression, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, OCD, Post Natal Depression, Psychosis, Suicidal Thoughts. Mental Health recovery and journey, Mental Health in the workplace, school, college, university. Overcoming Eating Disorders, Addiction, Self Harm. The advantages of mindfulness, holistic therapies, meditation, sports and activities, arts and creative therapies. Living with Autism. The connection of diet & nutrition and mental health, The LGBTIQ+ community, The Role of the Mental Health First Aider in the Workplace, The Role of the Mental Health Lead in Schools. Psychological treatments. Experiencing loss, Peer support, Student life, Homelessness, Disability, Reducing stress and many more.

This event is sponsored and supported by Ajuda 

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Seminar tickets now available here