‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ Training

On Tuesday 22nd of October 2019, Ffion Poole, Sharon Cochrane, Cyril Luke and Christy Taylor visited Gwerin day centre in Rhymney where we delivered ‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ training.  This training is all about when is the right time to call 999.  We talked about people’s experiences when they have called 999 or 101 and how they have been treated by paramedics and other health professionals.

We also handed out the ‘About Me’ sheets and magnets.  We talked about how to fill them in and explained to everyone that if they need to ring an ambulance the paramedics will come into their home and look for the sheets.  These sheets contain information such as a person’s likes and dislikes, allergies, what medication they take, and emergency contact details.



Student Nurse Training

At the beginning of October Ffion Poole, Kath Toms, and Sharon Cochrane – supported by Christy Taylor – delivered communication training to 1st year student nurses at the University of South Wales, Pontypridd.

There were 360 student nurses in the audience, and the training we delivered was about how to understand and talk to someone with a learning disability.  During the training we showed a video of Sharon playing the role of a person with a learning disability who has been admitted to hospital with a chest infection.  The film shows the right and wrong way to communicate with someone with a learning disability.

The students showed great interest and many came to speak to us at the end of the training. We can’t wait to do more training at the University of South Wales in the future.


TRAC (Teaching and Research Advisory Committee) Meeting

It was lovely to catch up with members of other People First groups at the first TRAC meeting of the term at the University of South Wales, at the end of September.

The team is excited about delivering training to student nurses and although it’s going to be very busy we are very much looking forward to the coming weeks.


Welsh Ambulance Service

On Thursday 25th July 2019, Ffion Poole, Sharon Cochrane, and Kath Toms, supported by Christy Taylor, visited the Welsh Ambulance Service in Swansea to help them create an easy-read leaflet on how to do CPR and use a Defibrillator.  We also had the opportunity to use a dummy to practice how to to CPR and also use a defibrililator. We had a great day, and after all the hard work Jason, one of the paramedics, let us have a go in the ambulance car.  We can’t wait for the next visit.


Training with Person to Person

At the end of July, Ffion Poole and Kath Toms – supported by Christy Taylor – delivered Safeguarding training to advocates and support workers from Person to Person.  Person to Person is an organisation which matches up people with learning disabilities (the partner) to a volunteer member of the community (the citizen advocate).  People with a learning disability can often become socially isolated and extremely vulnerable, and the advocate’s role is to assist their Partner to stand up for their rights and to make sure that their voice is heard.

Everyone who attended enjoyed the training, and got involved and was asking questions.  If anyone is interested in receiving the training we provide they can ring our office on 01443 834444 and ask for Ffion Poole or Christy Taylor.


‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ Training

In July Caerphilly People First members visited Springfield centre in Pontllanfraith where they delivered ‘Big Accident, Little Accident’ training training to a lovely group of people.  The training concerns when is the right time to call 999 (only if the situation is an emergency).  The group also talked about their experiences of calling 999 or 101, and how they have been treated by Paramedics in the past.

We also handed out the ‘About Me’ documents and magnets.  The document can be filled in to contain medical information about you (like medication, allergies etc), which you can stick to your fridge using the magnet, and which paramedics can consult if they are called to your home.


Training in Bert Denning

At the end of June, Ffion, Kath and Sharon (supported by Christy) visited Bert Denning Centre.  The centre provides support for service users who have learning/physical disabilities, and mental health issues.  We delivered Safeguarding, and Ambulance training (when to call 999) to the group and staff.  We also talked about screening for cervical and bowel cancer, and how the tests are done.  We had a brilliant morning and were greeted with such warmth, we look forward to visiting again in the near future.

bert denning


On the 16th May Ffion Poole, Kath Toms and support buddy Christy Taylor delivered training to Caerphilly County Borough Council staff in Foxes Lane.  The training provided to the project officers and training officers included Medical Training and Safeguarding.  They really enjoyed the training and the feedback was amazing.  Here are some of the comments we received:

‘Brilliant training, really enjoyed it!’

‘Great trainers, good engagement.’

‘Very informative courses, trainers were professional and I learned a lot.’

‘The presentation was clear and full of helpful advice.’

Kath and Ffion always enjoy providing the training, and if anyone is interested in receiving the training you can contact us on 01443834444 and ask for Ffion Poole or Christy Taylor, or email us on caerphillypf@hotmail.co.uk



Screening Champion Training

On 17th May Ffion Poole, Kath Toms, Sharon Cochrane and Christy Taylor attended the Public Health Wales Screening Training Program at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Victoria House, Newport. The training included discussions on cervical screening, bowel screening, breast screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, and diabetic eye screening.  Having completed the training, the four people who attended from Caerphilly People First are now ‘Screening Champions’ and are hoping to raise awareness about the importance of screening among our members, and other people in the wider community.

The champions would like to stress to anyone reading this that if you think something is wrong and you have any symptoms of the illnesses listed above, it’s vital that you contact your GP and request a screening.screening