Ajuda wins Business of the Year Award at Business event

We are so thrilled and honoured to have won the Business of the Year award at the Zokit Spring Conf event last week at Cardiff City Stadium.

Dawn and Rachel attended the day to share awareness about the Mental Health First Aid courses that Ajuda are now offering and always love opportunities to talk to others and network in the business community.

It was a fantastic day, with lots of knowledge and inspiration shared from other business owners. Dawn talked about her tips on how to run a successful and healthy business, and the room was full of other Entrepreneurs who wanted to take away some of her advice and knowledge.

The awards took place at lunch time, after a delicious 3 course meal. There was a great buzz in the room of people enjoying the day, networking and those pre-awards excitement started to fill the room.

The awards were presented by Ruth Wignall, who is a trustee of the Charity of the day, Cancer Research Wales, who are a fantastic charity that both Dawn and Rachel have also fundraised for.

It was great to see all the fantastic businesses winning their awards and a huge congratulations to each of the well deserving winners.

The final award, Business of the Year, was presented by Ashley and Rayner Davies of A&R Group and when it was announced that Ajuda were the winners we couldn’t believe it!

Dawn collected her award on stage and said her thank you’s and we have been bursting with pride and gratitude since Thursday.

Thank you to everyone who chose us as the winner, we shall continute to grow as a business, training people with the life skills that really can help to save lives.

 

2019 Zokit Business Award Winners Announced

Ajuda launches Mental Health First Aid for Youth

 

This 14 hour YMHFA (Wales) course teaches adults how to provide Mental Health First Aid to young people.

WHY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported. The YMHFA (Wales) course teaches adults who have frequent contact with adolescents, such as parents, guardians, school staff, sport coaches and youth workers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

The Government Green Paper ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ plans for every school and college to have a designated lead in mental health by 2025. The designated Youth Mental Health First Aider will be a trained member of staff who is responsible for the school’s approach to mental health.

This course is designed to meet this requirement by providing you with a clear understanding of the role of the school mental health lead. This step-by-step course will take you through essential skills needed to develop a multidisciplinary, whole systems approach through effective practice procedures to ensure the improvement of mental health and wellbeing in your school.

 

COURSE CONTENT & AIMS:

The YMHFA course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

  • Developing mental health problems including:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

 

  • Mental health crises:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

 

  • To raise awareness and understanding of mental health problems in young people
  • To build confidence to help a young person experiencing a problem
  • To preserve life where a young person may be a risk to themselves or others
  • To provide help on a ‘First Aid’ basis
  • To reduce the effect of a mental health problem and prevent the problem escalating
  • To encourage early intervention and speedier recoveries
  • To provide comfort to a young person experiencing mental distress
  • To know where to refer the young person to for the right on-going help

 

It is designed to be interactive and participants are encouraged (if they wish) to share views and experiences. Whist sharing experiences can benefit the training experience participants must be aware that Mental Health First Aid is designed to help participants support others and is not intended as a therapy session for the participant. This is for the comfort for all participants.

Please note that due to the sensitive topics discussed within the training it is recommended that participants have a level of well-being before attending.

COURSE COST

£140 + vat per person or £1,400 + vat for an in-house course for up to 12 people

COURSE VENUE

We run this course monthly at Ajuda Training Academy in Cardiff Bay.

For in-house bookings we can deliver this anywhere in Wales, for groups between 6-12 participants.

 

LENGTH OF COURSE

2 days / 14 hours

It is recommended that these 2 days are run consecutively however they can be spread across a maximum of 2 sessions within 3 weeks.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

We provide a fully qualified, experienced trainer, all the course materials, and certificates for participants on completion of the course.

BOOKINGS

To book a course or find out more information call Rachel on 029 20576883

Email: rachel@ajuda.org.uk

 

 

Ajuda offer accessible training courses for disabilities and learning impairments.

Ajuda Training Services pride ourselves on our inclusion, adaptability & resourcefulness, which we display in many aspects of our company values. Another of these values is the belief that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to develop their skills, no matter their difficulties.  

Deaf Awareness Week is this week (6th – 12th May), and aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.

As with other awareness campaigns, the team at Ajuda take some time to highlight the challenges that people with disabilities face every day, and consider ways we can help to improve the lives of those who do struggle with these conditions. Providing as many accessible training courses and accessibility options as we can is a step we are committed to taking.  

Last week Ajuda, with the aid of an interpreter, taught a Emergency First Aid at Work course for Pontypridd Deaf Society. The group had a great day, and took a lot of valuable life saving information from the course. We can’t wait to visit them again! Below is a video of the course taking place: 

Ajuda can offer our wide variety of courses in British Sign Language, including our Emergency First Aid at Work,  Basic Life Saving and Mental Health First Aid (and many more) with the help of an interpreter. This allows us to train many learners who suffer with deafness or limited hearing, and provide them the opportunity to gain further qualifications as a result. These courses are available in groups of 12, and can be arranged on a day suitable to you and your organisation.

Ajuda can also offer accessible training options for individuals who have limited sight, by providing the student with large print resources and examination papers. One of our trainers can also travel to a setting of choice to accommodate for a group of students in an environment where they would feel more comfortable and secure.   

The team are dedicated to extending our variety of accessible training courses, and are always looking to do more. If you have a specific need or requirement in order to take part in one of our courses, please get in touch today and we will do our best to provide for these. If you are a group or organisation who feel they could work with us to help us provide a wider variety of accessible training courses, please get in touch!

To learn more about what we can offer, please call Rachel in the Ajuda office on 02920 576833 or email rachel@ajuda.org.uk

How to manage stress in the workplace

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every year and this year it is held on the 13th  – 19th May 2019.

 

While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance, impact your physical and emotional health, and affect your relationships and home life. It can even mean the difference between success and failure on the job.

According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), in 2015/16 over 480,000 people in the UK reported that work-related stress was making them ill. This amounts to nearly 40% of all work-related illness.

Many employees are reluctant to talk about stress at work. There is still a stigma attached to stress and people still think they will be seen as weak if they admit they are struggling. But stress is not a weakness and can affect anyone at any level of an organisation.

Some of the most common causes of workplace stress

  • Fear of being laid off
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
  • Pressure to work at optimum levels—all the time!
  • Lack of control over how you do your work

 

How to deal with Stress?

At Ajuda we have compiled a list of things to do to help reduce Stress in the workplace.

  1. Reach out

Sometimes the best stress-reducer is simply sharing your stress with someone close to you. The act of talking it out and getting support and sympathy—especially face-to-face—can be a highly-effective way of blowing off steam and regaining your sense of calm. The other person doesn’t have to “fix” your problems; they just need to be a good listener.

 

  1. Talk to your colleagues

Try to develop good relationships with your colleagues – this can help to create a support network at work.

 

  1. Go for a walk at lunch time

Too many of us get into the bad habit of eating lunch at our work desk. This would mean that you spend all day at the computer and not allowing yourself to take a break. The best way to step away at lunch time is to leave the office and go for a walk. If you’re lucky enough to be close to a park then that is ideal, or just a walk around the block will help. Even if it is just for 10 minutes so you have time to sit down and eat your lunch.

Exercise is also very beneficial when it comes to stress and mental health.

 

  1. Have a healthy snack

During stressful times it’s easier to eat junk food or snack on crisps, sweets or chocolate. Try and go for fruit instead. You will start to feel much better. Eating small, frequent and healthy meals, for example, can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar, keeping your energy and focus up, and avoiding mood swings. Low blood sugar, on the other hand, can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic.

 

 

  1. Get more sleep

Try going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Aim for 8 hours a night—the amount of sleep most adults need to operate at their best. Turn off screens one hour before bedtime. The light emitted from TV, tablets, smartphones, and computers suppresses your body’s production of melatonin and can severely disrupt your sleep. Avoid stimulating activity and stressful situations before bedtime such as catching up on work. Instead, focus on quiet, soothing activities, such as reading or listening to soft music, while keeping lights low.

 

 

  1. Don’t take on too much

It’s ok to ask for help or say if you’re taking too much work on. Learn to say no if you can’t take on extra work or responsibility – make sure you’re able to explain why.

 

 

  1. Holidays

Work regular hours and take the breaks and holidays you’re entitled to – it’s important to take time off work.

 

 

Want to know more about Stress Awareness in the workplace?

 

We have an online training course that you can take

Stress Management

To find out more email the team at admin@ajuda.org.uk or give us a call on 02920 576883

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aid (Wales)
Training Course

At Ajuda we have launched our Mental Health First Aid (Wales) Training Courses

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach you how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and provide help on a first aid basis.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THE COURSE?

What to say and do in a crisis.
Practice listening and responding.
How to apply the 5 steps of MHFA.
The importance of good listening skills.
Understanding recovery from mental health problems.
How to respond if you believe someone is at risk of suicide.
How to give immediate help until professional help is available.
Understanding the connection between mental health problems and alcohol and drugs.
Understanding the connection between mental health problems and discrimination.
Some basic information about common mental health problems Self-help
information.

WHERE, WHEN, HOW LONG?

The MHFA course takes 12 hours to complete over 2 consecutive days.
Held at Ajuda Training Academy or at a venue to suit you for group bookings of 6-12 delegates.

COURSE DATES

May 23rd & 24th
June 27th & 28th
July 25th & 26th

HOW MUCH?

The cost of the course is £120 +VAT per person
Or £1,200+VAT for a group of 12

VENUE ADDRESS

15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP

GET IN TOUCH

02920 576883 admin@ajuda.org.uk www.ajuda.org.uk

Learn new skills at Ajuda this February

Ajuda Training Courses

There are many great reasons to learn new skills.
At Ajuda we can provide all the mandatory training you need to ensure your workplace is fully compliant with HSE Regulations.
We offer a full range of courses which can be run at your premises or at our Training Academy in Cardiff Bay.
Here’s what we have available in Feb

Level 2 Award in Fire Safety & Role of the Fire Marshal (QCF)

Date: 11th Feb
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP
Cost: £90 +VAT per person

This 6 hour Fire Marshal Fire Safety training course fully meets The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. This course provides delegates with a theoretical and practical understanding of the typical functions of a fire warden or fire marshal within a workplace

Level 3 Award in COSHH (QCF) 

Dates: 13th Feb
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP
Cost: £90 +VAT per person

This course is aimed at those who use substances hazardous to health at work and introduces participants to the hazards associated with those substances, the risks involved and the controls available and what to expect from a COSHH assessment. Successful completion will prepare participants to look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the safer use of hazardous substances in co-operation with their supervisors.

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF) 1 Day Course

Dates: 18th Feb
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP
Cost: £90 +VAT per person

The Emergency First Aid course is designed to equip candidates with the minimum knowledge and skills required to save lives in a medical emergency. This course is run over 6 hours and includes both theory and practical sessions, and will gave a good basic insight to dealing with basic medical emergencies.

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF) 3 Day Course

Date: 18th – 20th Feb
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP
Cost: £195 +VAT per person

The First Aid course is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills required to save lives in a medical emergency. This course is run over 3 days and includes both theory and practical sessions, and will give a good level of knowledge.

Lots more available 
We have lots of training courses available, both classroom based and online.
 
Get in touch with the team to find out more
 
Call 02920 576883
Email admin@ajuda.org.uk

Keep Warm this Winter

Cold weather can affect your health. Find out how to keep yourself well and your home warm during winter.

Why is cold weather a problem?

When the temperature drops to below 8C, some people are at increased risk of:

  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • flu
  • pneumonia
  • falls and injuries
  • hypothermia

Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.

Who’s most at risk?

Very cold weather can affect anyone, but you are most vulnerable if:

  • you’re 65 or older
  • you’re on a low income (so can’t afford heating)
  • you have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
  • you’re disabled
  • you’re pregnant
  • you have young children (newborn to school age)
  • you have a mental health condition

Be prepared

The Met Office provides weather forecasts on radio and TV, so listen in to these bulletins regularly to keep up-to-date with the weather.

Severe weather warnings are also issued on the Met Office website, through the Met Office Twitter feed, or you can call the Weather Desk on 0370 900 0100 or 01392 885 680.

The Met office also has advice on getting ready for winter.

This includes suggestions for practical things you can do to prepare for winter weather, including cold, ice and snow, high winds and flooding.

How to keep your home warm

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • if you’re not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • during the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C
  • to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16C and 20C
  • if you’re under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional

Protect your health in the cold

If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Follow these tips on keeping well in the cold:

  • find out if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS
  • wear several layers of clothes rather than 1 chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
  • use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don’t use both at the same time
  • have at least 1 hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly
  • try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors – get up and stretch your legs
  • stay active – even moderate exercise can help keep you warm
  • wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors – add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip, too
  • if you have a heart or respiratory problem, stay indoors during very cold weather

Look in on vulnerable neighbours and relatives

Check up on older neighbours and relatives, and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, to make sure they:

  • are safe and well
  • are warm enough, especially at night
  • have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather

If you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am to 7pm every day).

If you’re concerned that the person may be suffering from hypothermia, contact NHS 111.

Top Safety Tips For Christmas

Be careful over Christmas, here are some top tips to stay safe over the festive holiday

 

  1. Check your Christmas tree lights carry the British Safety Standard sign.
  2. Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.
  3. Test your smoke alarms monthly and only remove batteries when replacing them.
  4. Most fires start in the kitchen. Avoid leaving a cooker unattended. Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol.
  5. Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency
  6. Make sure cigarettes are put out properly.
  7. Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
  8. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  9. Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
  10. Take care around open fireplaces as clothes may catch fire.
  11. Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are at greater risk from fire.
  12. Store fireworks safely. Never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.

2019 Training Dates at Ajuda

At Ajuda we can provide all the mandatory training you need to ensure that your workplace is fully compliant with HSE Regulations.

We offer a full range of courses which can be run at your premises or at our Training Academy in Cardiff Bay.

The dates below are for our courses held at Ajuda, if you would like us to come to your premises, then please get in touch with the team.

 

 

 

Stay safe and warm this winter with these tips

 

Temperatures dropping, poor weather conditions, icy roads and the general lack of preparation we seem to have in this country – yes winter can be a tricky time of year with injuries probable.

We’ve come up with some top tips for staying safe this winter.

Keep warm.

Obviously with winter comes the cold temperatures. As well as extreme conditions like hypothermia and frostbite, generally your body uses up more energy to keep you warm in winter which can leave you feeling run-down and drowsy. Wearing more layers of clothing, being more mobile, eating well and simply staying indoors when the weather is particularly bad can help keep you warm this winter.

 

Slips & falls

Snowy and icy pavements are one of the most common causes of injury in the winter and can cause anything from a simple bruise or graze to a break, fracture or head injury. To prevent this try to avoid routes which haven’t been cleared or gritted and wear footwear with plenty of grip.

 

Cycling

Cycling in the winter months can be very dangerous due to reduced hours of sunlight and icy roads. Cyclists are not only at risk of falls and collisions but also not being seen by other cars, cyclists and pedestrians. Always ensure you plan your route and stay in well lit areas as well as wearing sufficient safety equipment and reflective clothing.

 

Driving

Again due to the icy and snowy conditions, driving can be very hazardous during winter with a greater number of accidents reported during this period. To prevent your chances of being involved in a nasty accident try to only drive when it is absolutely necessary when conditions are bad and ensure that if you do need to travel you plan your route and keep an eye on the weather reports. You should also ensure your vehicle is prepared for the winter conditions by having your tyres and windscreen wipers checked and stocked up with anti-freeze.

 

Burns & Scalds

Believe it or not due to the increase in warm hot choccies by the fire and hot water bottles to keep us snug in the cold, burns and scalds are actually more common in the winter months. Ensure you take care when pouring drinks, keep hot water bottle lids tightly screwed on and make sure you have sufficient burns first aid equipment in the house just in case.

Looking to learn new skills this November? Here’s what training courses we have available at Ajuda

Are you looking to gain new skills that could help to save lives? We offer a full range of courses which can be run at your premises or at our Training Academy in Cardiff Bay. Here’s what we have available in November.

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

Date: 19th November / 10th December
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP Or at your own location
Cost: £75 +VAT per person

The Emergency First Aid course is designed to equip candidates with the minimum knowledge and skills required to save lives in a medical emergency. This course is run over 6 hours and includes both theory and practical sessions, and will gave a good basic insight to dealing with basic medical emergencies.

 

 

 

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (QCF)

Date: 19th & 20th November / 10th & 11th December
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP Or at your own location
Cost: £140 +VAT per person

The First Aid at Work Refresher course is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills required to save lives in a medical emergency. This course is run over 2 days and includes both theory and practical sessions, and will give a good level of knowledge to equip the candidate to deal with work place emergencies.

 

 

 

 

 

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)

Date: 19th – 21st November / 10th – 12th December
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP Or at your own locatio
Cost: £195 +VAT per person

The First Aid course is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills required to save lives in a medical emergency. This course is run over 3 days and includes both theory and practical sessions, and will give a good level of knowledge.

 

 

 

Level 2 Award in Health & Safety (QCF)

Date: Any date to suit you
Venue: Ajuda Training Academy, 15 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5DP Or at your own location
Cost: £75 +VAT per person

The Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace qualification can be tailored to business and individual needs to make the learning experience relevant and fit for purpose. This course is designed to make staff more aware of Health & safety Issues within the workplace.

 

 

 

 

For more information about what the courses listed above cover, or, to book a space, please contact us on 02920 576883.

Ajuda breaking down the barriers of unemployment with Remploy Newport

The Ajuda team headed to Newport this week to visit one of the Remploy Hub based around the UK. Remploy is a leading provider of specialist employment and skills support for disabled people and those with health conditions. Ajuda are a proud partner of Remploy, and part of their Community Partner Network, where we provide our training skills and qualifications to the candidates of Remploy in Wales.

remploy, dawn, ajuda

Dawn and Rachel of the Ajuda team came along to the Newport hub to talk to people who are being supported by Remploy. This was to explain to them the opportunites they have to gain qualifications through our training courses and to provide them with skills needed to help them into employment.

The idividuals at Remploy have a range of barriers preventing them to return to work or find their first job. These include physcial or mental disabilities, or learning dificulties.

remploy, dawn

The team spoke to small groups of people at a time, so that it was a more comfortable for them and not too overwhelming.

Dawn asks the group what their dream jobs are and from there we can discuss with them the opportunities are for them to gain the essential skills they will need to help them on to that career path.

remploy

The team met with lots of really enthusiastic people, who just need that extra help to get into work. Hopefully with the help of Remploy and by building their confidence they can sucessfully get back into employment. We look forward to working with everyone that we met, and to help them grow their skills in a variety of sectors. From First Aid Training, Confidence Workshops, Customer Service training, and our online training courses.

Remploy