Training

For details on our present programme of courses and to download a booking form please visit the Courses page from the navigation above.

A key objective of our organisation is to substantially increase the number of local people with first aid skills. The European Reference Centre for First Aid Education has highlighted the fact that the United Kingdom has much lower numbers of people with first aid skills than other parts of Europe. In the UK it is estimated that no more than 10% of the population have first aid skills whereas in Germany the figure is 80% and in Norway 95%.

Accidents and life threatening medical emergencies often happen in places where we feel the safest - our own homes. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents states that 5,000 people die as a result of accidents in the home and 2.7 million attend hospital every year. It is quite clear that people do need to have up to date first aid skills so they can react in those first minutes after an incident. Another factor to consider is that the NHS ambulance service has an ever increasing workload and with an ageing population this is likely to increase further putting strain on the service which can affect response times. This may mean the first aider having to care for the patient longer before the arrival of professional help.

In the case of sudden cardiac arrest, when breathing and the heart have stopped, staying calm, contacting the ambulance service and performing resuscitation are vital in giving the collapsed person the chance of life.

At Newark Community First Aid we are passionate about training people so they can develop the vital first aid skills they need to help a family member, friend or work colleague. We offer two types of training.

The first is our FREE Community Training based on our 2.5 hours and 4 hours courses; we can also produce bespoke courses to meet people's needs. In the year ending 30th June 2016 we provided 55 free courses in Newark and surrounding villages training 738 people.

The second is workplace first aid training designed to meet the requirements of the Health & Safety First Aid Regulations 1981. This training includes the 1 day (6 hour) Emergency First Aid at Work course, the Initial 3 day (18 hour) First Aid at Work Course and the 2 Day (12 hour) First Aid at Work Requalification Course. Our price structure for Workplace courses is based on 'value for money' - we aim to provide quality training, producing competent first aiders at a reasonable price. This we hope will encourage employers to train more of their staff, which in turn will result in more trained first aiders in the community at large. All profit from these courses will be re-invested into the charity so as to develop our services further.