New Courses for 2021

We are pleased to announce a heap of new courses and regulated qualifications for January onwards. These include:

Regulated First Aid

SQA accredited with a mix of distanced learning online via Google and face to face practical sessions in a ‘covid-secure’ environment.

  • Emergency First Aid at Work – basic first aid for life-threatening emergencies
  • First Aid at Work – for higher risk environments including secondary schools
  • Paediatric First Aid – recommended for anyone working in Early Years and would replace any current FAW qualification

Outdoor First Aid

ELC accredited 2 day course – fully outdoors.

SQA Accredited First Aid for Mental Health

1 day and 2 day distanced learning courses available (SCQF Level 5 and 6). You can jump in at any level without the need for prior learning or experience.


Lowland Leader Award qualifications, accredited by Mountain Training. Full course outdoors.

Our courses are also available to non ELC staff. Joining instructions for each course clearly set out the pre-requisites and any regulatory/assessment requirements for the qualification.

All training hours contribute to any required CPD/CLPL hours. Waiting lists are available for MiDAS and Cycling training.

Get ahead of the game and view our full Course Calendar here.

‘Covid Update for First Aiders’ Webinar: Wednesday 28th October 2020

Our next ‘Covid Update for First Aiders’ Webinar will be on 28th October, 4.00-5.00pm. The event is free and will be hosted on Google. A link to the event will be sent by email on the day of the course.

Please not this is NOT a replacement for a first course but will give you essential information on how to reduce covid transmission whilst administering first aid treatment.

Get your ticket now using this Eventbrite link:

HSE Extension to First Aid Certificates

The Health and Safety Executive has advised of the following changes to certificate expiry dates:

Current Expiry DateNew Expiry Date
16th March 2020 – 30th April 202031st October 2020
1st May 2020 – 30th September 2020+ 6 months
1st October 2020 – 31st March 202131st March 2021
1st April 2021 onwardsNo change

If you are waiting to book onto your revalidation course, you must make an effort to keep your first aid skills up to date. Re-read your course manual or visit one of the following websites for a wee refresher:

To remain Covid-safe, we are offering a model of blended learning with our first aid courses. You can view our course calendar here.

Reminder: Places left on this week’s Covid webinar

This week’s ‘Covid Updates for First Aiders’ webinar booked up very quickly. To secure your place on the next one visit our Eventbrite page:

Wednesday 14th October 4.00-5.00pm via Google Meet.

We’ll highlight key adaptations to first aid practices during the coronavirus outbreak which can minimise the risk of spread of infection and protect public health. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2020

World Mental Health Day is organised every year by the World Federation for Mental Health. The them this year is ‘Mental Health for All’ and they are encouraging everyone to support their campaign for investment in mental health services across the world to make them more accessible and inclusive.

Mental health is a human right, not a luxury and more people than ever are experiencing mental health problems. One in four of us will experience a difficulty in any given year, ranging from common problems such as Depression and Anxiety, to complex conditions like Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder.

This year has been particularly challenging; all our lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and millions of people have felt the impact of this on their mental health. A recent survey by the Red Cross highlighted that 49% of people in the UK have felt more depressed or anxious since lockdown with 38% people saying this has affected their sleep in one way or another. 15-24% of people are finding public health restrictions extremely difficult to cope with.

Join in the conversation online using #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Visit the World Federation for Mental Health website.

Get involved at Mind. (Also a great place for tips and advice)

ClearYourHead.Scot: Things you can do to clear your head.

Get involved: Mind #DoOneThing

Get involved: Mental Health Foundation #Tea&Talk

Our top tips for protecting your mental health

Connect with others: keep in touch with friends and family; talk about how you’re feeling

Keep Active: spend time outdoors; find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your daily life.

Learn new skills: sign up for an online course; start a hobby; find out how to fix that thing which has annoyed you for ages.

Create routines: have a structure to your day; get a good night’s sleep; limit your time online.

Give to others: pass on a smile or kind word; reach out to someone who is lonely or isolated; offer to help or volunteer.

Look after yourself: make time for you; try some relaxation or meditation; remember its ok not to be ok.

Want to know more about mental health? Book a place on one of our courses.