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Get First Aid Trained - 3 Day Course with the Boyd Group

QA LEVEL 3 AWARD IN FIRST AID AT WORK (QCF)

This Ofqual Regulated Qualification is specifically designed for individuals who wish to act as a first aider in their workplace. Successful candidates will learn how to manage a range of injuries and illnesses that could occur at work and will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give emergency first aid.

 

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What’s more, as a regulated qualification, employers can book this course for their employees and rest assured that they have fulfilled their legal responsibilities for providing quality first aid training, without having to undertake any lengthy due diligence checks introduced in the recent HSE changes.

Boyd Safety are approved by Qualsafe Awards, an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual to offer regulated qualifications.

 

This 3 day course covers 

  • The role and responsibilities of a first aider
  • Assessing an incident
  • Managing an unresponsive casualty
  • CPR
  • Recovery position
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Choking
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Shock
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Wounds and bleeding
  • Fractures
  • Sprains, strains and dislocations
  • Minor injuries
  • Burns and scalds
  • Poisoning
  • Eye injuries
 
The cost of this 3 day course is just £170 plus VAT to find out more call Michelle on 01387 251170
Qualsafe Awards Registered Centre

ASSESSMENT

Learners must pass two multiple choice question papers and demonstrate competency in the practical assessments in order to achieve the qualification. Our experienced and knowledgeable instructor will guide the learners through the course material and offer support and advice to ensure that learners are prepared for the assessments. The training is accessible and additional support is available to learners who require it.

MSP SLAMS LATEST BLOW FOR LOCKERBIE STATION PASSENGERS AS TICKET COSTS SOAR

South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth has slammed the latest blow to hard-pressed rail passengers using Transpennine Express services from Lockerbie railway station- after the private rail firm announced plans for a near 40% fare hike.

 

Rail fares across the UK are set to go up by an average 2.7% from 2 January. However commuters travelling to work in Edinburgh from Lockerbie currently pay £20 for a day return. This will rise to a massive £27.50 in the new year for any passenger leaving Lockerbie to head for the capital in the morning.

Even the off-peak day return from Lockerbie, which won’t be available until the 12.25 pm train to Edinburgh, will rise by 5% to £21 for a day return.

The news comes at a time Lockerbie was revealed as the WORST station in Scotland for performance as a result of the failing Transpennine Express service- and the third worst in the whole of the UK with a ranking of 2,616 Out of 2,618, according to www.ontimetrains.co.uk.

Their analysis showed that most Transpennine services from Lockerbie are more likely to be cancelled than on time.

Of the 7 weekday Transpennine trains from Lockerbie to Edinburgh 4 services failed to turn up on time at all, 2 were on time on just 2% of occasions, with the best performing service on time for just 5% of journeys.

Likewise, of the 10 weekday Transpennine services from Lockerbie to Glasgow, 4 have not been on time at all over the last 12 weeks, while another 3 were on time less than 10% of occasions.

It was also revealed recently that Transpennine Express:

  • will axe the current busy 10.32 am service from Lockerbie to Edinburgh will be AXED for the next five months- despite the train from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh still passing through Lockerbie station.
  • passengers with mobility scooters have been told they will need to apply for a pass to take their scooter on new trains on a journey by journey basis for the foreseeable future rather than be able to apply for the current annual pass
  • passenger seat reservations have also been put on hold on services for the foreseeable future as the company change rolling stock on services.

Commenting on the latest news, Colin Smyth repeated his call for FirstGroup to be stripped of the Transpennine Express franchise. Colin Smyth said, “The performance of Transpennine Express simply goes from bad to abysmal. For the company to propose a near 40% price hike for anyone working in Edinburgh is a disgrace given that services are cancelled more often than they run on time. The fact the fare hike comes on the back of the axing of the 10.32 am service for the next five months means many passengers now have no choice but to get early morning trains so will have to fork out for this eye-watering fare increase. Passengers are rightly furious at this latest blow which will price many out of work at a time the service from Transpennine Express is appalling”.

“I have written to the company asking them to rethink this fare increase, but they know that the UK Government who regulate services on this route simply turn a blind eye to rail bosses exploiting passengers who rely on services from Lockerbie. This latest scandal backs up my call for First group to be stripped of the Transpennine Express franchise and for services to come under public control.”

 

Service

Current Fare

Proposed fare from 2 January 2020

Lockerbie- Edinburgh (day return) All-Day

£20

£27.50 (for all morning services from Lockerbie)

Lockerbie- Edinburgh (open return) from 10.32 am

£31.20

NO 10.32 AM SERVICE.

8.35 AM £39.90

Get Your Staff First Aid Trained in 2020

EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK

QA LEVEL 2 AWARD IN EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK (QCF)

The Boyd Group are running a series of Emergecy First Aid at Work Courses during the first 3 months of 2020.

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This Ofqual Regulated Qualification is designed for individuals who wish to act as an emergency first aider in their workplace. Upon successful completion of this qualification, candidates will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give safe, prompt and effective first aid in emergency situations.

What’s more, as a regulated qualification, employers can book this course for their employees and rest assured that they have fulfilled their legal responsibilities for providing quality first aid training, without having to undertake any lengthy due diligence checks introduced in the recent HSE changes.

Boyd Safety are approved by Qualsafe Awards, an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual to offer regulated qualifications.

 

Priced at just  £50 + VAT per person, the courses are running on:

6th January, 27th January, 5th February, 18th March between 9am and 4pm at Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club.

 

This price includes lunch. 

 

To Book Call Michelle on 01387 251170 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Business of Literature – €1.9 million Fund Set to Unlock the Potential of Literary Tourism Sector

 Three-year literary tourism pilot programme launches across four
Northern European countries this Autumn
 €80K fund available to support literary tourism enterprises in
Dumfries & Galloway
 Organisations and businesses encouraged to sign up to January
2020 workshops


The untapped potential of literary tourism is the focus of Spot-lit, a new three-year multi-partner project spearheaded by the Wigtown Festival Company in Dumfries & Galloway, that aims to grow the literary tourism sector in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region.

 

The new programme will support organisations and businesses in this culturally-rich region to grow, collaborate and better engage audiences together.
Literary tourism is an emerging niche sector within the wider cultural tourism sector, where places with literary heritage offer author and fiction-related tourism opportunities along with opportunities arising from literary festivals, trails and bookshops. In Dumfries & Galloway, this would include literary rich locations such as Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town; Ellisland Farm, home of Robert Burns; Kirkcudbrightshire, home of S.R. Crockett and one-time home of Dorothy L Sayers; Elrig, birthplace of Gavin Maxwell; and Moat Brae House in Dumfries, Scotland’s national centre for children’s literature and storytelling and the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story.

 

Funded by Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020, the regions participating in the Spot-lit programme area are the West of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Eastern Finland and South-West Scotland. Collectively, the region is home to world-class literary icons and landscapes; however, research suggests there is potential for this sector to work together and grow significantly. Current low levels of joined-up literary tourism activity in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region make it a sector that is ripe for development.

 


Spot-lit addresses the need for shared development and marketing of existing assets and the development of new ones, which respond to emerging literary and cultural consumer needs. This will result in a better cultural tourism offering and deliver greater economic impact than projects developed in national isolation.
The programme will include the development of a cluster network across the regions, a series of business support workshops, the development of 20 new literary products or services and shared learning across the project regions, and transnational marketing.

 

In January 2020, Spot-lit partner Wigtown Festival Company will deliver a series of workshops for businesses in Dumfries & Galloway that are interested in literary tourism product development.

The workshops will cover the following topics:
 Building successful literary tourism experiences for visitors
 Designing and developing your literary tourism product or service
 Knowing and growing your market.


The workshops will be held in Dumfries at The Stove on January 16th 2020, in Wigtown at the County Buildings on January 17th, and at Kirkcudbright Galleries on January 21st. Attendance at the workshops is free of charge, though registration is essential.

Spot-lit workshops are open to small businesses (including sole traders), social enterprises, community groups and literary associations with a unique idea for the development of literary tourism in their area.

Visit Spot-lit.eu to find out more.

Following on from the workshops, businesses will be invited to participate in a Literary Business Support Programme. The programme will be open to SMEs, social enterprises, community groups and literary associations with a unique idea for the development of literary tourism in their area. This bespoke programme will involve a series of monthly engagement workshops, learning journeys, business advice clinics and individual mentoring supports. The programme will engage with and support a minimum of 5 businesses in each region and will include up to €10,000 of business development support for each business.

In tandem with the Literary Business Support Programme, a new Literary Tourism Model will be developed based around children’s literature.

The project launched on September 25th with a new website at www.spot-lit.eu and dedicated social media channels @spot_lit_eu. Literary businesses and organisations across Dumfries & Galloway are encouraged to register their interest for the upcoming events and workshops.

The project will run until September 2021.

 

The workshop dates are below and can be booked by clickikng the appropriate link:

16 January 2020 at The Stove, Dumfries

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spot-lit-business-support-workshops-dumfries-tickets-84733838191 

17 January at County Buildings, Wigtown

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spot-lit-business-support-workshops-wigtown-tickets-84740249367  

21 January at Kirkcudbright Galleries, Kirkcudbright

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spot-lit-business-support-workshops-kirkcudbright-tickets-85126753411  

FIRST GROUP SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS FRANCHISE, SAYS MSP

South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth has called for First Group to be stripped of the franchise to run Transpennine Express rail services after accusing the company of hitting “an all-time low” in customer service.

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The comments come at a time

  • the company confirmed the current busy 10.32 am service from Lockerbie to Edinburgh will be AXED for the next five months- despite the train from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh still passing through Lockerbie station.

  • services from Lockerbie and the capital suffered some of lowest levels of performance since the franchise began with 16.5% of trains to Scotland cancelled or significantly late and just 26% arriving at their final destination on time.

  • passengers with mobility scooters have been told they will need to apply for a pass to take their scooter on new trains on a journey by journey basis for the foreseeable future rather than be able to apply for the current annual pass

  • passenger seat reservations have also been put on hold on services for the foreseeable future as the company change rolling stock on services.

  • fares will rise yet again next month by 2.8%

 
Colin Smyth said, “Once again passengers using Lockerbie are being treated to a second class service with trains now routinely late or cancelled. Those that do run are overcrowded, a problem that will get worse when the popular 10.32 am is axed for the next five months. What is infuriating local people is the fact the train will still pass through the station, but such is the contempt for passengers from Lockerbie it just won’t stop”.
  • “Despite growing overcrowding, passengers can’t book a seat on the trains that do run and if they are disabled they won’t be able to take their mobility scooter on board without booking well in advance and be subject to a risk assessment. To add insult to injury passengers will be hit hard in the pocket with yet another fare hike next month”.
  • “Enough is enough. It’s time the UK Government stood up for passengers for once instead of the big rail firms. Instead of First Group axing services the Government should axe First Group and remove the Transpennine Express franchise from them”.