This section is to keep everyone informed as to training and funding opportunities that may be relevant to our various member groups.
Any budding Entrepreneurs might want to take note of this programme. Its aim is to teach all the necessary skills for the running of a successful business. Located at Armagh Business Centre it is a free course (criteria applies).
However, the course is not solely designed for business start up and is also suitable for anyone looking to improve their employability chances. The skills taught will enhance any CV and open up avenues in the employment market. Check the flyer for details.
Congratulations to Mr. John Fields and Mrs Patricia Creighton who completed their First Responders Training and will be responding to NI ambulance service calls in the coming weeks. Our new First Time Responders received their training though a four-week course and confidently passed. Their going active with the CFR programme comes shortly after the actions of the Community First Responders are being credited with assisting in the saving two lives in the city. Two men were successfully resuscitated and maintained by CRF volunteers, not the local volunteers but others who responded to the emergencies. Indeed, in one of the emergencies the CFR volunteer accompanied the patient in the ambulance assisting in the speedy delivery of the patient to Craigavon Area Hospital. These incidents happen at Callanbridge and on the Moy Road.
The West Armagh Consortium and REACT came together in the promotion of this life saving project. And we would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations to John Fields and Patricia Creighton. We hope that they will be the first of many community volunteers to take up the challenge of the first responding. The four-week training course has been described by the two CRF volunteers as very comprehensive and rewarding. They added that the training programme will also afford them further opportunities to advance their emergency medical responding skills.
We would like to take this opportunity to once again promote this fantastic project and encourage more people to uptake and avail of the training. ‘Such a programme can sometimes be under appreciated insofar that not all emergencies become newsworthy for the very fact that assistance had been readily available and had averted what could perhaps have been a more serious incident. As a result of our initial promotion we identified several people willing to put their names forward we hope that these volunteers will be able to follow through and in turn encourage even more like-minded people.
There are a number of avenues that potential volunteers can go down to register with the Community First Responders. They can contact either WAC or REACT and we will forward their details on or go directly to the CFR website https://www.cfrat.org.uk/volunteer and link into their "Volunteer Registration Form"
Anyone interested in an ocean going career might be able to avail of training being offered through the local Southern Regional College
(STCW 95) Standards of Training, Certification & Watch keeping.
Do you live in Neighbourhood Renewal Area? If yes, SRC are providing basic training for individuals looking to work on ferries, commercial vessels and superyachts. The training covers:
• Essential Skills Training
• STCW Personal Survival Techniques
• STCW Fire Fighting
• STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
• STCW Elementary First Aid
To find out more or to register Contact:
T: 028 3839 7868
M: 077 1198 1732
The second International Summer School began its visit to Armagh on 8th July. 12 students from Boston were joined by some local students who availed of a council bursary to participate in the Conflict Resolution Programme. As part of the course the students will be examining
Participation by people from Ireland and those from Abroad through UMASS Boston giving opportunity for learning and interaction of local and international perspective. Students from UMASS undertook an accredited learning as part of UMASS teaching. while Irish students undertook accredited learning through Open College Network course on Peace Building specifically designed for the school The Summer School is being led by Diversity Challenges http://www.diversity-challenges.comand University of Massachusetts Boston Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance https://www.umb.edu/academics/mgs/crhsgg/grad/conflict_resolutionand a partnership of:REACT http://www.reactni.orgWest Armagh Consortium http://www.westarmaghconsortium.orgRural Community Network http://www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org
Fourteen people availed of the recent defibrillator training that took place at Sherry’s Field Sports complex on Saturday 1st April. The training was the third in a series of defibrillator training that followed the provision of defibrillators in community houses. The West Armagh Consortium in conjunction with the Southern Regional College delivered two classes, one in the morning and the second in afternoon. The classes were delivered by Andrea Hamilton who is a trained nurse. Funding for the programme was drawn down via the Growing Communities Programme, a programme delivered by ACBC as part of its Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Board commitment.
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