10 Reasons to attend Mental Health Conference

 

Talking Mental Health National Conference takes place on World Mental Health Day

(Thursday 10th October) 10am – 4pm at Cardiff City Stadium.

 

 

Here are 10 great reasons to attend:

 

1. Every year one in four adults, along with one in ten children, will have a mental health issue.

 

2. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.

 

3. The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help.

 

4. We can make a difference and contribution by raising awareness

 

5. The best way to deal with this stigma is through facts and a better understanding of mental health problems. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognising that we are really dealing with medical issues.

 

6. Talking Mental Health is a National Conference that will be taking place to help people understand and recognise poor Mental Health and to make a difference.

 

7. We will have a range of key note speakers, talking about their own personal journeys with Mental Health Conditions, and sharing their recovery stories.

 

8. There will be a range of companies and services attending on the day, exhibiting how they can support people with a mental health condition.

 

9. There are plenty of opportunites to network with others and start aconversation about mental health

 

10. The event will be a day of inspiration, motivation, learning, networking, sharing and positivity around Mental Health

 

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Learn lifesaving skills at Ajuda this June

Each month we provide courses at Ajuda Training Academy

June is jam packed with training courses that you can come along to from First Aid to Health, here’s the full calendar for this month

First Aid

3rd & 4th June – Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (RQF)

17th June – Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)

17th – 19th June – Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)

 

Train the Trainer

10th – 12th June – First Aid Trainer / Assessor

13th June – Defib Instructor Course

 

Employment Skills

6th June – Interview Skills

20th June – Employability Skills

 

Mental Health

27th & 28th June – Mental Health First Aid (Wales) (Adult)

 

Health & Safety

24th June – Level 2 Award in Safe Moving & Handling (RQF)

25th – Level 2 Award in Fire Safety and Fire Marshal (RQF)

26th – Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene (RQF)

 

Book a course

Click here to book on a course online

Or speak to the team on 02920 576883

10 Benefits of First Aid Training in the Workplace

 

 

The office can seem like a safe place to work, but, there are risks you wouldn’t think of until they happen. An accident can occur at any time and if it did, who in the workplace is trained to help? It is a legal requirement as a company to ensure your employees receive immediate attention. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider First Aid Training for employees.

 

1. It can save lives

This may seem like the most obvious reason, but it is proved that first aid saves lives. If there is an accident in the office is anyone trained to come to the rescue? First aid training gives your staff the confidence and ability to react immediately to an incident, injury or illness. CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) has been reported that many lives have been saved due to fast reaction CPR. This would have been given during critical and life-threatening accidents, injuries or health complications in the workplace.

 

2. Reduce the number of workplace accidents

First aid training helps employees learn to be more conscious of safety in the workplace, leading to a reduced number of accidents and injuries. Minimizing risk to workers and decreasing workplace incidents is a benefit to everyone, but for employers it has implications within all aspects of business operations. All employees become more safety aware, helping to bring down the number of accidents.

 

3. Positive work environment

By making first aid training available to employees, employers can show their workforce that they care about providing a safe work environment. First aid training provided in the workplace can even be used as an excellent team-building exercise and morale booster. Employee morale is an integral part of any company. High morale leads to positive attitudes and positive attitudes lead to positive results. The happiness and wellbeing of your employees will help you build a strong relationship, ultimately resulting in a better working environment. First aid training will help ensure employee health and safety in addition to enhanced wellbeing and morale.

 

4. Your company will be safer place to work

Many large companies give first aid as part of employee training; this is a very wise option because it guarantees they can all look out for one another. If an accident happens at work; employees may be able to prevent further injury to the victim of the accident. First aid courses in the work place promote safer practise amongst employees.

 

5. First aid kits are used properly

Not only will your employees know exactly what should be in the first aid kit and be able to maintain it properly, they’ll be able to use them effectively in an emergency. They will know where to access it quickly – again saving time and reducing the impact of the illness or injury. First aid trainees know exactly what’s in their first aid kits, how to use the contents, and the various ways to react in an emergency. In a beneficial way, it makes each employee an unofficial health and safety risk manager.

 

6. It can reduce recovery time

Rapid reaction to illness or injury, before further aid such as an ambulance arrives can not only save lives, but in addition, will reduce recovery time of the patient. If that patient is a member of staff, that means they’ll be back to work quicker, with less impact on the business.

 

7. It can keep employees safe outside of the workplace

It’s not just in the workplace where good first aid training is paramount – employees will have those skills for life, especially if you maintain ongoing refresher courses. This means they can treat themselves, their family and friends and the public effectively in an emergency.

 

8. It’s a great team-building exercise

When your staff get the opportunity to learn a skill together, one that will help them look after one another, it brings them closer together. Many teams have reported more awareness of their co-workers wellbeing following first aid training.

 

9. It gives your employees confidence and clarity during an emergency

First aid training doesn’t just teach your staff how to treat patients in need of first aid, it also gives them confidence and effectively manage an emergency without fear, confusion or overwhelm.

 

10. The cost of a First Aid at Work Training course is nothing compared to that of potentially saving a live.

Providing first aid and CPR training doesn’t cost much, but it will go a long way to ensuring workplace health and safety.

 

If this has given you something to think about we have many Training Courses available at Ajuda Training Academy, take a look at our course calendar, give us a call on 02920 576883, or email admin@ajuda.org.uk

 

Or you can book a course online here

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GDPR training for individuals and businesses

What is GDPR?

  • On 25th May 2018, GDPR will be replacing the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • It enforces the most stringent regulations to date on how people’s personal data is lawfully collected, processed and stored.
  • We are often faced with news of data thefts and breaches in privacy.
  • GDPR is expected to set a new benchmark for consumer rights.
  • It aims to hold any companies accountable for breaching these rights.
  • The law has introduced hefty penalties and fines for organisations that do not comply with the changes.
  • Or businesses that suffer data breaches.

Data Protection in the Workplace (1)

Do you understand how the introduction of GDPR in the UK might impact your business?

It’s not long until GDPR is put in place in the UK. if, like many, you have been worrying about how the changes might impact your business, we advise that you take some time over the next month to clue up.

At Ajuda, we have recently launched a Data Protection in the Workplace course. You can find this online

If you or your organisation handles personal information about individuals, you have legal obligations to protect that information.

The benefits of good data safety are numerous and include, good business practice, the protection of people’s rights and the protection of your organisations reputation.

In recent years some companies and individuals have experienced serious legal consequences for data protection breaches and this highlights why it is so important to get it right.

Training should be a vital part of any company’s data protection policy.

Access our GDPR training course here.

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Our online training course will guide you through what’s changing and what your business needs to do to ensure that it is GDPR friendly.

Ajuda has a huge variety of other online training courses to offer. Please see here to see what other online training courses you may be interested in. You can access the first module of any course for free.

You can get further information about our online training courses by contacting admin @ajuda.org.uk or 029 2057 6883. 

Dawn Evans to talk at The National Education Show

Dawn Evans is also set to talk at The National Education Show in November 2018. Dawn established Ajuda 10 years ago after her young daughter choked on a sweet. She realised the huge importance of first aid training; if she did not have essential first aid skills, her daughter could have died. After this incidence, Dawn set out to become a qualified first aid trainer and started teaching parents, teachers, creche assistants, schools and colleges first aid skills. First aid and teaching people how easy it is to save a life has become a passion for Dawn.

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Ajuda specialises in a variety of health and safety related courses in order to keep schools safe. Ajuda facilitates affordable courses in schools throughout the UK and are specialists in onsite training during school inset days.

First Aid for Schools

At The National Education Show, Dawn will be holding a seminar introducing how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator in a school environment. Parents count on school staff & teachers to keep their children safe – in class, in the halls, and on the athletic fields. By attending Dawn’s seminar, delegates will take a step towards becoming advocates for automated external defibrillators. Delegates will learn, on a basic level, how to protect children and staff from sudden cardiac arrest and potentially death. Being equipped with this life-saving knowledge also ensures that other teachers are protected in the school environment.
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During the seminar, Dawn will be showing attendees the basic skills required to save a life, including the use of CPR and the external defibrillator. To book your ticket to attend Dawn’s seminar, please see here.

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The National Education show is an all-day education conference in South Wales that plays host to over 4,000 teachers, 100 companies and 40 professional speakers. Last year, Ajuda ran a competition at the show for attendees to win a life-saving defibrillator for their school. The lucky school that won the competition was Blaenavon Heritage VC Primary School. We are thrilled to announce that this year we will be running the same competition. For more information about our stand please read our exhibitor spotlight here.

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Please see here to find out more about Dawn. To book your ticket for Dawn’s seminar please see here.

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Facing being made redundant? Training opportunities for you.

With recent news from local companies such as Brains Brewery of jobs under threat and pending redundancies on the horizon, we have written this blog to signpost accessible opportunities that are available to you here in Wales if you are made redundant.

ChoicesBeing made redundant can be a time of great stress and unease. On the plus side however, it can open up new and exciting opportunities for you – you could be right around the corner from a whole new career change. Is it possible that you might want to retrain or add to your existing skillset?

StressThere are many different routes that you can take when you have been made redundant. Our personal favourite? Retraining!

In fact, one of our trainers received funding to retrain after an injury prevented her to continue her career as a nurse. After taking her training with Ajuda through funding, she became one of our brilliant regular tutors. Receiving funding helped her to develop both her career and as a person.

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Been made redundant? How funding from the Welsh Government can help you through your redundancy: ReAct.

The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people facing redundancy who live or work in Wales. If you have been made redundant in the last 3 months and are currently unemployed, or, are currently under notice of redundancy, you will be eligible to ReAct funding. You are entitled to £1,500 worth of training to upskill or retrain to help you become employed. Additional funding can also be accessed to help towards extra costs associated with training such as, travel, accommodation, and childcare. This is only available to you if you have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant.

Ajuda Ltd specialise in providing training to individuals to increase their employment prospects. Every place of work requires or would highly benefit from employing somebody trained in first aid, fire safety, customer service and more. Furthermore, like our trainer, you could pursue a fulfilling career as a trainer. We offer a full range of accredited training to suit your individual needs. Each training programme can be individually tailored to ensure each individual has the best possible chance of regaining future employment.

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If you would like to know more, please contact us on 02920 576 883 or email Daisy on admin@ajuda.org.uk for free advice and further information. You can also pop in to your nearest Careers Wales office for further guidance about the ReAct scheme.

 

Toasty Tips: How to keep warm through Winter

Winter frostThe temperature has really plummeted and we’ve seen snow, ice, wind and rain over the last few weeks. It’s really important to remain fit and healthy at this time of year to help your body fight off the common colds and viruses that are circulating. Eating well, wrapping up warm and carefully planning your journeys are simple ways stay safe during winter.

This blog highlights some of the first aid tips you may require over the winter months and potential hazards to look out for.

Keep warm

It is essential to maintain body heat during winter to avoid hypothermia.

Ideally, the temperature indoors should be at least 18 degrees. If you cannot afford to keep the heating on all winter (it can really add up!) then keep adding the layers, have accessible blankets around the house and hot water bottles which are particularly useful and a cost-effective way to keep extra warm indoors.

If you are venturing outside, ensure to wrap up warm and add layers such as, hats, scarves and gloves to prevent you from getting too cold.

Unfortunately, hypothermia is a huge danger at this time of year. The number of hypothermia deaths has doubled over the last five years.  It is really important to learn the signs of hypothermia which include pale and cold skin, shallow breathing, a weak pulse and disorientation.  If you suspect someone is suffering from hypothermia, then it is vital to encourage the to undertake the following:

– Slowly restore warmth and get indoors if they are not already

– Begin CPR if necessary

– If they are conscious, give them a warm drink such as

– Keep their body temperature up by wrapping them in blankets

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Further tips for keeping warm and staying safe:

– Wear several light layers rather than one chunky layer

– Regular hot drinks and meals

– Be very careful around open fire

– Close the curtains after dark to keep away drafts

– Keep your hands clean to reduce germs spreading

– Stay active

– Keep windows closed at night

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Keep healthy and fight the cold

As mentioned in the introduction, cold weather can have a detrimental impact on your health. There are many preventative measures that can be taken to ensure that you are fit and healthy throughout the winter months and avoiding sickness:

–  Enquire about getting the flu jab

–  Take multivitamins

–  Maintain a healthy diet

–  Have hot meals and drinks where possible

–  Invest in a hat, scarf and gloves and a good coat

–  Exercise and keeping active helps to maintain body heat amongst many other health benefits

When the temperature drops to below 8 °C some people particularly vulnerable people such as young children, people with existing health conditions, people with a low income and elderly people become at risk of various problems:

– Heart attack

– Stroke

– Pneumonia

– Falls and injuries

– Hypothermia

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Travel safely

During the winter, travelling can become particularly hazardous. Take extra care when walking outdoors as footpaths can become slippery. Invest in a sensible pair of shoes with good grip to help to prevent slips and trips.

If you are driving, it is important to be aware that the roads can become slippery and dangerous. It is a good idea to have a winter first aid kit stocked in the car including blankets and water in case you break down. Other driving essentials during this time of year include an ice scraper, winter screen wash, de-icer and a foil blanket.

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We hope that this blog has given you some basic ideas about how to stay safe during winter.

As well as ensuring that you take all of these measures to stay healthy, please look out for vulnerable people and do what you can to help them to keep warm. Perhaps consider donating blankets, hot water bottles and tinned food to those in need. Drive calmly and safely to prevent being involved in an accident.

If you are interested in learning more about learning basic first aid skills in the New Year, please book yourself a place on one of our open first aid courses.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Millie’s Law keeping children safe

Millie’s Law means that First aid training is to be made compulsory for new nursery recruits in September 2016. It will be a requirement for new nursery and pre-school staff to undertake paediatric first aid training thanks to new government proposals.

The new proposals will ensure that newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 or 3 qualification must have emergency paediatric first aid training or a full paediatric first aid certificate.  This life-saving change will hopefully add approximately an additional 15,000 trained early years professionals to our nurseries, pre-schools and child minders each year.

Following the tragic death of their daughter Millie, parents Joanne and Dan Thompson have shown their full support to the plans. They have been campaigning for change since Millie passed away at nursery in October 2012. Their important campaign culminated in an e-petition signed by over 103,000 people.

Mr and Mrs Thompson have also given their backing to the creation of a new special certificate to be known as ‘Millie’s Mark’, a direct outcome of their campaigning.  This will be displayed by nurseries who have achieved gold-standard provision where 100% of their staff hold paediatric first aid qualifications.  This certificate will help to give parents assurance that their child is being cared for by safe and knowledgeable staff.

The awarding of Millie’s Mark will be dependent on all of the criteria being met in addition to the legal requirements as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework.  Childcare providers will work to keep these crucial skills in the forefront of their employees’ minds, so that they are competent and ready to act in an emergency situation.

The aims of Millie’s Mark are to keep children safe and minimise risk and accidents by:

• Raising standards in paediatric first aid;

• Increasing numbers of first aid-trained staff;

• Increasing competency in applying first aid;

• Enabling staff to respond quickly in emergencies;

• Raising the quality and skills of the early years workforce and helping them with day-to-day first aid issues, such as allergies;

• Providing reassurance to parents.

Every parent wants the confidence that any person who is caring for their child has the right training should the worst happen.  First aid training really is a life-saving skill to have. Ultimately, these changes in the law could save a child’s life.  Under current rules, early years providers must only have at least one paediatric first aider available on the premises at all times.

Ajuda offer paediatric first aid courses at our training academy in Cardiff Bay. To book yourself onto a course or for more information, please contact Dawn or Ruth on 029 20576883.

Upcoming course dates are:

8th & 9th September 2016 Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) £140.00
21st & 22nd November 2016 Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) £140.00
12th & 13th January 2017 Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) £140.00
1st & 2nd February 2017 Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) £140.00
19th & 20th April 2017 Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF) £140.00

 

Alternatively, we can teach your staff at your premises on a date and time to suit you.  Discounts apply to group bookings. You can email us on dawn@ajuda.org.uk or ruth@ajuda.org.uk for more details.

Ajuda installs AED Defib at Newport Cathedral

Ajuda installed a Defib at Newport Cathedral, an active Christian community and place of worship situated on top of Stow Hill and overlooking the city of Newport.  Members of the church have recently acknowledged the importance of having an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their parish and have called on Ajuda to install one and teach them how to use it.  A defibrillator is a very important piece of equipment that can truly help to save a life by giving a high energy electric shock to the heart in certain types of cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) alone raises a person’s chance of survival from a cardiac arrest to 4%; CPR combined with the use of an AED increases the chance of survival to 74%.

There are currently many ongoing appeals in the UK to make it mandatory to have defibrillators installed in public places; so, this is a very positive and significant step for the church.  The AED, funded by a member of the parish, has been installed and is ready to use in an emergency.  Ten parishioners underwent training from Dawn Evans.  They learnt how to perform CPR and how to use an AED.  In recognising the significance of defibrillators and taking action, the parish is really looking after their community – it is a very important and worthy step forward. By taking this training and having the AED installed, in the unfortunate event that somebody suffers a cardiac arrest when inside or nearby the Cathedral, they will be in well-trained hands and will have an increased chance of survival.

For more information on this story please visit Business News Wales

Ajuda trains 300 in 3 days

Last week a team of Ajuda trainers pulled off something that to others may have seemed impossible.  Over the course of 3 days they managed to train 300 local people in Emergency First Aid.  Ajuda hired Fairwater Conservative Club for the duration of the training, which proved to be a fantastic venue for such an event.  The room was split in two – a classroom type environment with a projector on one side and an array of manikins and such on the other.

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Ajuda founder, Dawn Evans, alongside a team of 7 other Ajuda trainers, split the delegates into smaller groups to learn the practical side of First Aid Training.  Even though there were 100 people attending the 4 hour sessions each day, every single attendee got a chance to practice on a manikin with supervision from a trainer.  The practical training was combined with a presentation, videos and other activities.  Each delegate also received an Ajuda first aid manual with all the information they need on what they learnt about first aid.

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We are thrilled with the feedback we’ve received since the event and would love to take part in similar sessions in the future.  It was an incredibly rewarding 3 days and was made even better by the warm reception and the delegates’ willingness to learn.

CPR_TrainingIf you are interested in booking a large first aid event with us, or would like more information on any of our training courses, please, do not hesitate to call us on 02920 576 883 or email info@ajuda.org.uk

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South Wales Safety Groups Alliance – Inaugural Conference

The Ajuda team will be attending the South Wales Safety Groups Alliance Inaugural Conferencecardiff_city on Wednesday the 13th April at Cardiff City Stadium.  We are excited to be a part of this event that, like us, places so much importance on health and safety.  Ajuda will be located at exhibit stand number 13.  The event is being organised jointly by IOSH’s South Wales Branch, Wales IIRSM Branch, the South Wales Construction Safety Group, the Cardiff and South East Wales Occupational Health and Safety Group, and the Swansea and West Wales Occupational Safety Group.

The goal of the event is to work together to improve the safety, health and wellbeing of employees in South Wales – something that Ajuda is extremely passionate about too. The conference is set to provide attendees with the latest and most relevant information regarding health and safety, and, improve their knowledge of these problems.  By attending, delegates will able to use the information gained at the event to help reduce both the consequences and the costs of workplace injury or illness, hopefully, sharing the knowledge they gain with their employers or fellow employees. At the event there will be guest speakers, networking and other exhibits such as ours.

The event is aimed at health and safety professional’s managers and directors, as well as those who are studying for occupational health and safety qualifications. Members of Ajuda will be at the event all day promoting our courses such as Health and Safety, Manual Handling and, most recently the CCNSG passport.

We are really looking forward to being involved with this and hope to see some of you there!



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ReAct funding for redundancy in Wales

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Being made redundant can be a time of great stress and unease.  On the plus side however, it can open up new and exciting opportunities for you – you could be right around the corner from a whole new career change.  Is it possible that you might want to retrain or add to your existing skillset?

 

The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people facing redundancy who live or work in Wales.  If you have been made redundant in the last 3 months and are currently unemployed, or, are currently under notice of redundancy, you will be eligible to ReAct funding.  You are entitled to £1,500 worth of training to upskill or retrain in order to help you become employed.  Additional funding can also be accessed to help towards extra costs associated with training such as, travel, accommodation, and childcare. This is only available to you if you have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant.

Ajuda Ltd specialise in providing training to individuals to increase their employment prospects.  Every place of work requires or would highly benefit from employing somebody trained in first aid, fire safety, customer service and more.  We offer a full range of accredited training to suit your individual needs. Each training programme can be individually tailored to ensure the individual has the best possible chance of regaining future employment.

If you would like more information, please contact Ruth or Dawn at Ajuda on 02920 576 883 or email dawn@ajuda.org.uk for free advice and more information about the ReAct scheme.  You can also pop in to your nearest Careers Wales office for guidance.