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The Kirkwood Memory Walk 2024

by Helen Moss

What an amazing event this was where people were sponsored to walk either 6 or 10 miles to support the charity. Partnering with Basegreen, we provided the medical cover of 2 ambulances the first aiders and teams needed to make sure the event had all their walkers in medical hands.

The Kirkwood Memory walk history

This has been an event for a number of years, and only recently moved to an earlier start time of 10pm, I am told to encourage more people who prefer an earlier start time.

For The Kirkwood, the memory walk is a wonderful way to engage the community ,and further the mission of compassionate care, bringing people together who have a personal or business connection to this amazing organisation.

For me, I have a sister who has terminal cancer, and my amazing bonus daughter’s mum passed in The Kirkwood. Myself and Steve also have had friends and other family members of who been supported so exceptionally well by them- whilst in hospital as well as in the hospice itself.

Ensuring Participant Safety

One of the primary benefits of having first aid cover at the memory walk is the immediate response for any medical emergencies that may arise. Given that memory walks included participants of all ages, including the elderly and those with existing health conditions, the likelihood of medical incidents occurring increases and with over 1200 people and 120 dogs, our teams are trained to handle a range of situations, from minor cuts and bruises to more serious issues like heart attacks or severe allergic reactions. Luckily we had only a couple of minor injuries of falls and grazes to deal with.

The atmosphere at The John Smiths Stadium

Walkers started arriving at 7pm and with @HeartYorkshire and street entertainers on hand to help to build the atmosphere- it was brilliant from the start and I have to say I saw lots of people I hadn’t seen for a while which was amazing.

Emma from @HeartYorkshire foolishly gave me the mike….. and I then announced the dogs and owners were needed for their photo taking by the lovely @markflynn

10pm set off time

As the walkers set off, we made our way to the first point of The Kirkwood, where I  nominated myself as the cheerleader for the evening- directing people to the toilets and refreshment station at the hospice.

Let’s just say that my  ‘woooooo woooo’s’ appeared to be popular as I high 5’d the walkers.

3am (approx) Last walker completes

Let me just say it has been a  long time since I stayed out till the sun rose- and I have realised I am no longer designed for all nighters! So as much as I was really pleased all had arrived back safely- I was also pleased my bed was in sight.

Purple Dog and The Kirkwood

We support The Kirkwood as a business and have done for the last 12 months as part of their business group after all, you never know if you or someone you know may need this support.

Level 3 Blended 16 hour Outdoor Paediatric First Aid

We now deliver our specialised Outdoor Paediatric First Aid courses for childcare professionals.

This course is Awarding Body FIAB Approved, tailored for professionals who have to mirror the indoor provision with outdoor education.

Ideal for all childcare professionals including Outdoor Learning Professionals.

Our instructors bring a wealth of experience and qualifications to the courses, enhancing your learning with real life scenarios and experiences.

As well as being qualified and experienced first aid instructors, they are also trained to Level 3 in Forest School methodologies, our tutors possess the expertise needed to deliver a relevant and varied course for you.

Unlike conventional first aid courses, our course delivers practical scenarios frequently encountered in forest schools and similar outdoor childcare settings and is delivered in an open environment within both an astro pitch and outdoor environment

During the course you will look at

  • A planned and systematic approach to incident management
  • Infant and child resuscitation procedures including AED’s
  • Choking for infants and children
  • Safe airway positions for infants and children
  • Treating trauma- internal/external, major/minor including shock
  • Shock – hypovolemic and anaphylactic
  • Environmental conditions, hypothermia and hyperthermia
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Treating suspected fractures, head, neck and back injuries
  • Eye injuries and foreign bodies in eyes, ears and noses
  • Bites and stings
  • Poisoning
  • Burns and scalds
  • Electric shock
  • Common illnesses – epilepsy, asthma and diabetes

Our training course mixes the theory aspects with interactive hands-on sessions, As we are able to deliver this both indoors and outdoors, we are ensuring you have an engaging and immersive learning experience.

On successful completion each participant will also receive a book and certificate, valid for three years.

Requirements for your E-Learning

Booking onto one of our Blended First Aid Courses?

The requirements are that you complete the E-Learning before you come on the course, so here are some questions and also answers that may help you with this process.

  1. Why do I have to do my online e-learning before the course?

This is so that the learning is fresh for when you come into the classroom for your lesson.

  1. Is this the same for all of the blended courses?

Yes it is, though the amount of time it takes to complete your e-learning will vary.

  1. How long will the elearning take to do?                                                                                        

This does depend on the type of course and also your learning style. We have found that some can complete the e-learning for the paediatric course anywhere between 2 to 6 hours. For the First Aid at Work Course and Combined courses this ranges from 6-12 hours.

  1. Do you have to do the e-learning all in one go?                                                                  

No you don’t. You are able to do this in smaller bite-sized pieces, 30 minutes here and there soon breaks up the time needed. to complete

  1. Do I need to bring in the certificate?

No, we now have a system to check your learning before you arrive.

  1. Can you stop me coming onto the classroom part if I haven’t completed the e-learning?

Yes we can. This is because you need that knowledge to help your classroom learning.

Of course you may have additional questions you want to ask, and we are here to help, please call

Liz, our Lead for the Elearning and Blended First Aid Courses on 01484 546780


How could you become more confident as a first aider in the workplace?

Let’s start with looking at the importance of your confidence as a First Aider

  1. Confidence is crucial for effective first aid responses.
  2. It reassures both the casualty and those around you.
  3. Confidence inspires trust in your abilities as a first aider.
  4. It allows you to act swiftly and decisively in emergencies.
  5. Confidence helps maintain a calm demeanor, which is essential in stressful situations.

So then we look at how we can build confidence as a First Aider

Knowledge and Training

  1. Regular updates with your first aid knowledge through courses and refreshers.
  2. Familiarising yourself with the latest first aid protocols and techniques helps build your confidence.
  3. Practice scenarios with fellow first aiders or through simulations.
  4. Understand the limitations of your skills and seek help when needed.

Practical Experience

  1. Volunteer at events or join first aid organisations to gain hands-on experience.
  2. Shadowing experienced first aiders to learn from their approach.
  3. Reflecting on past experiences to identify areas for improvement.
  4. Starting with simpler cases to build confidence before tackling more complex situations.

Then the saying about mind over matter, so we look at Mental Preparation

  1. Visualise yourself successfully handling different first aid scenarios.
  2. Develop a positive mindset towards challenges and setbacks.
  3. Practice relaxation techniques to manage stress during emergencies.
  4. Cultivate self-belief through affirmations and positive self-talk.

And of course communication skills are key

  1. Practice clear and concise communication with casualties and bystanders.
  2. Learn to remain composed and assertive when giving instructions.
  3. Listen actively to understand the needs of the casualty and those assisting.

Looking at your equipment and being prepared means you don’t have to worry about this once you are there.

  1. Familiarise yourself with the first aid kit and its contents.
  2. Ensure your kit is well-stocked and readily accessible.
  3. Regularly check and replenish supplies to maintain preparedness.
  4. Carry necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for your safety.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  1. Build a rapport with fellow first aiders to foster a supportive environment.
  2. Coordinate effectively with emergency services and other responders.
  3. Understand your role within a team and contribute accordingly.
  4. Acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of others during emergencies.

If you have used your first aid skills, ask for feedback, a debrief if you like

Celebrate successes and milestones in your first aid journey

Continuously evaluate and update your approach based on feedback and experiences.

    Community Engagement

    Participate in community events to raise awareness about first aid preparedness.

    Inspire others by sharing your experiences and journey as a confident first aider.

      And basically have an amazing time knowing you have been part of saving someone’s life

      #firstaidatwork #firstaid #confidence #training #huddersfield #

      Feel free to adjust or expand upon any of these points to suit your blog’s needs!

      Remember as a child, life was stress free?

      Well here 20 reasons to take you back to the more carefree life you perhaps enjoyed….

      Most of us appreciate the effects that stress can have on our lives, so what does it look like if you don’t have stress in your life?

      1. You feel calmer: When you’re not stressed, you feel happier and more relaxed. It’s like when you finish all your homework and can play without any worries.

      2. You have better sleep: Stress can make it hard to sleep well. Lowering stress can help you sleep peacefully, just like a cozy blanket helps you sleep better.

      3. You have more energy: When you’re not stressed, you have more energy to do fun things, such as having fun with your friends.

      4. You have better focus: Stress can make it hard to concentrate. When you’re calm, it’s easier to pay attention in work and at home.

      5. You build a stronger immune system: Being stressed all the time can make you more likely to get sick. Lowering stress helps your body stay strong and healthy, like eating your veggies such as sprouts.

      6. You have happier relationships: When you’re not stressed, you’re nicer to your friends and family. Lower stress levels mean more smiles and laughs with the people you care about.

      7. You have less tummy troubles: Stress can sometimes make your tummy feel funny. Lowering stress can help your tummy feel better and keep you from feeling yucky.

      8. You are better at problem-solving: When you’re calm, you can think better. It’s like solving a puzzle – when you’re not stressed, the pieces fit together easier.

      9. You have more creativity: Stress can make it hard to think of fun ideas. Lowering stress levels can help your imagination soar, like when you were a child.

      10. You have less worries: Stress can make you feel worried about things that might not even happen. Lowering stress means you can enjoy the present moment without thinking too much about what might go wrong.

      11. You have a healthier heart: Too much stress isn’t good for your heart. Lowering stress can help keep your heart strong and healthy, just like exercising and eating well.

      12. You have better moods:  When you’re not stressed, you’re happier and more cheerful. Lowering stress levels means more smiles and laughter, making each day brighter.

      13. You have a healthy body: Too much stress can make your body feel tired and achy. Lowering stress helps you feel strong and ready to take on the day, like a superhero!

      14. You have a better memory: Stress can make it hard to remember things. Lowering stress levels can help you remember important stuff, like where you left your keys or phone

      15. You get fewer headaches: Stress can sometimes give you headaches. Lowering stress means fewer headaches, so you can focus on having fun instead of feeling grouchy.

      16. You have more time for fun: When you’re not stressed, you have more time to do things you love, like meeting your friends and family or going on adventures.

      17. You are less grumpy: Stress can make you feel grumpy and crabby. Lowering stress levels means you’re more likely to have a smile on your face and be nice to everyone around you.

      18. You have healthy skin: Too much stress can make your skin unhappy. Lowering stress helps keep your skin glowing and looking its best, just like washing your face and drinking water.

      19. You develop better sports skills: Stress can mess up your game. Lowering stress levels can help you focus better during sports, making you a better player on the field or the court.

      20. You have happier pets: Believe it or not, pets can feel stressed too! When you’re calm and relaxed, your pets feel happier and more relaxed too, just like when you give them belly rubs and treats.

      #stressfree #lifestylechanges #happinessinlife

      HSE Updates with Mental Health First Aid

      What are these updates?

      Let’s start with what is a First Aid Needs Assessment.

      • This is a systematic evaluation of the risks and hazards within your workplace or community setting to determine the appropriate provision and level of first aid cover you should provide. It is bespoke to your setting and company.
      • It involves identifying potential injuries or illnesses that may occur and assessing the resources needed to respond effectively.
      • If you have more than 1 site, each site should have its own first aid needs assessment.

      What are the key parts to your First Aid Needs Assessment:

      • Identification of Hazards: Recognising potential risks and dangers present in your workplace, such as machinery, chemicals, or environmental factors like extreme temperatures.
      • Assessment of Risks: Evaluating the likelihood and severity of injuries or illnesses resulting from the identified hazards.
      • Consideration of Workforce Characteristics: Taking into account the size and dempgraphics of the workforce, including any specific health conditions or vulnerabilities present ( injuries/illnesses/long term conditions eg)
      • Review of Previous Incidents: Examine any past incidents or near misses to identify patterns or areas for improvement in your first aid provision.
      • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring compliance with Health and Safety regulations, such as the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 in the UK.
      • Training and Competency: Assessing the training needs of all your designated first aiders and ensuring they possess the necessary skills and knowledge to respond effectively to emergencies that may show within your workplace (Paediatric and First Aid at Work trained for schools)
      • Equipment and Facilities: Determining the types and quantities of first aid equipment needed, as well as the adequacy of first aid facilities in the workplace or community.

      Why are First Aid Needs Assessments Needed in the UK?

      1. Legal Requirement: Employers in the UK are legally obligated under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, including provision for first aid.
      2. Duty of Care: Employers have a duty of care towards their employees and others affected by their activities, which includes providing appropriate first aid measures.
      3. Risk Management: Conducting a first aid needs assessment helps organisations identify and mitigate risks, reducing the likelihood of accidents and minimizing the impact of incidents when they occur.
      4. Prompt Response to Emergencies: By identifying potential hazards and assessing the necessary resources, first aid needs assessments ensure that trained personnel and adequate equipment are available to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies.
      5. Employee Wellbeing: Having well-trained first aiders and adequate first aid provision in place promotes a safer working environment and demonstrates a commitment to the health and wellbeing of employees.
      6. Reputation and Trust: Effective first aid provision enhances an organization’s reputation and builds trust among employees, customers, and the wider community.

      New changes:

      With this in mind, employers now must do the same for First Aid for Mental Health, to ensure all employees are supported with their emotional needs as with their physical needs and this should be recorded in the same way as the physical first aid needs assessment in done.

      In summary, a first aid needs assessment is a crucial process for evaluating risks, determining necessary resources, and ensuring legal compliance to provide prompt and effective first aid response in the UK. It helps organisations create safer environments, protect individuals from harm, and fulfill their duty of care responsibilities.

      Emergency First Aid at Work Courses

      Title: Importance of Emergency First Aid at Work Course

      Accidents and medical emergencies can happen anywhere, including the workplace. As an employer or an individual, it is crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of everyone present at the workplace.

      Having employees trained in emergency first aid can make a significant difference in managing unexpected incidents effectively.

      In Huddersfield, where a thriving workforce operates in various low risk industries such as office spaces and smaller shops, an Emergency First Aid at Work Course is a necessity that should not be overlooked.

      This blog outlines the reasons why such a course is vital for your workplace in Huddersfield.

      1. Prompt and Effective Response to Emergencies:

      During critical situations like accidents, injuries, or sudden medical conditions, every second counts. Having employees trained in emergency first aid ensures that there are individuals capable of providing immediate and appropriate responses. Whether it’s administering CPR, stopping bleeding, or stabilising a person until professional medical help arrives, these trained individuals can significantly increase the chances of positive outcomes. That is why here at Purple Dog, first aiders are trained to be both confident and competent in their first aid skills.

      2. Enhanced Safety Culture: Introducing an Emergency First Aid at Work Course in your Huddersfield business, fosters a culture of safety in the workplace. When employees are educated about first aid, they become more aware of potential hazards and are better equipped to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. This proactive approach to safety can lead to a reduction in workplace injuries, ultimately benefiting both your employees and you as the employer.

      3. Legal Compliance: UK law requires employers to provide adequate first aid provisions in the workplace. In many cases, this includes having a sufficient number of employees trained in first aid, depending on the size and nature of the business. By enrolling employees on one of our Emergency First Aid at Work Course, businesses in Huddersfield can ensure they meet legal requirements and avoid potential penalties. This also includes those who work from home as part of a bigger company, you must still be trained in first aid as their employer duty of care.

      4. Reduced Downtime and Absenteeism: Workplace accidents and injuries can lead to significant downtime and increased absenteeism. By having staff trained in emergency first aid, immediate care can be provided, minimizing the severity of injuries and potentially accelerating the recovery process. This, in turn, reduces the overall impact on productivity and helps maintain a smooth workflow.

      5. Confidence and Empowerment: Employees who undergo an Emergency First Aid at Work Course gain valuable skills and knowledge. This training instills confidence in their ability to handle emergencies, both at the workplace and in their personal lives. Feeling empowered to take immediate action in a crisis not only benefits the individual but also creates a sense of security and reassurance among colleagues.

      6. Team Building and Morale: Working together to achieve a common goal fosters teamwork and strengthens interpersonal bonds. By encouraging employees to participate in an emergency first aid course, employers demonstrate their commitment to their staff’s well-being. This gesture enhances employee morale, loyalty, and dedication towards the organization.

      For your business, an Emergency First Aid at Work Course is not just an option but a necessity for any responsible employer. The benefits of having a trained workforce extend far beyond compliance with regulations; it ensures a safer working environment, prompt response to emergencies, and improved employee morale. Investing in such training is a proactive step towards building a more secure and resilient workplace.

      Why not book onto one of or Emergency First Aid at Work courses? Click here to find the course dates and times

      The Combined First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid Course

      Brilliant News!!

      We have been asked a number of times previously ‘isn’t there a course that covers both adult and child first aid?’

      Well now we can say ‘yes there is’.

      This combined course is a 3 day course.

      So instead of it taking 5 days for the 3 day First Aid at Work Course, and then an additional 2 days for the Paediatric First Aid course, your staff are only out of your setting for 3 days in total.

      The courses meet your legal requirements under The HSE, OFSTED and the EYFS.

      All the same subjects are covered as they are on the separate courses- and it works out cheaper in cover in your settings and also the price of the course, so it really does help budget setting.

      Feedback from the courses have been very positive:

      “I found the course really beneficial and feel much better prepared to be able to support anyone in the school as needed, rather than potentially having to refuse to assist someone due to not having the correct training. It didn’t feel in any way jarring to cover both adults and paediatric on the same course, rather it felt that each element complimented the other, giving a fuller, clearer picture of how to help with first aid.”

      “I really enjoyed the practical elements of the course, and the opportunity to allow for additional questions and discussions as we covered each area, which helped to reinforce our learning and address any misconceptions.” – Southgate School

      Have a look on our combined courses section for the dates of the next upcoming courses.  #firstaid #training #huddersfield #savinglives #schools #earlyyears#