Update 5 November 2020

So once again we are in lockdown and we sincerely hope that you and your families are continuing to stay safe and remain well.

This is an incredibly difficult time for all of us and we feel that the time has come to consider the future of First Aid 4 Life.

It has been an absolute privilege to train so many people, so many times, for nigh on fifteen years; our ratio of repeat customers has been quite unbelievable and totally humbling.

We have met the most amazing people, some of you famous, some of you real-life heroes, some of you even Olympians; but it is clear to us that, all of you who attended our courses, were there because “you care”.

Sadly our decision may be to consider the sale of our business.

For the right minded people the existing business has great potential for growth; with so many new opportunities available including online training, that potential is almost limitless.

So if you know of any person or organisation who may be keen to take on First Aid 4 Life, please email us via info@firstaid4life.com

We look forward to hearing back and wish you all continued Good Luck for the future in these very difficult times; we will update this announcement once we know more.

Stay Safe and Best Wishes

Sam and Stella – The First Aid 4 Life Team


Update 30 September 2020

We hope that you and your families remain well and are coping in these very uncertain times.

We are still furloughed and still not planning to run courses, Covid cases are continuing to increase with a vengeance, talk continues about more stringent restrictions and the additional winter pressures are upon us.

We just don’t know where this crisis is heading, we want to continue being responsible in order to protect our clients and staff, we admit that we are struggling to come to terms with the future.

As always we are keeping the situation under constant review and if clients need training urgently, sadly they are going to have to source one elsewhere.

Thank you for your understanding and Stay Safe.


Update 31 August 2020

We hope that you and your families are well.

We continue to be furloughed, therefore still technically ‘off the air’, which makes our business a real challenge.

At this point in time we are still not planning to run courses, Covid is on the up again (no surprises there) and now the kids are back at school, so goodness knows what the knock-on effect will be.

We believe that we are being responsible, but also realise that we are risking our business, however if this protects our clients and our staff from Covid-19, then it will be worthwhile.

Accordingly we can only advise that we are keeping the situation under constant review and, if in the mean time clients need training urgently, then sadly they are going to have to source one elsewhere.

We sincerely apologise.


Update 31 July 2020

We hope that you and your families continue to be well.

We continue to be furloughed, therefore still technically ‘off the air’, which makes running our business a real challenge.

We have also been agonising over how and when to resume outdoor first aid training.

From latest UK Government and News updates, it is apparent that while levels of infection are far below their peak, the average number of cases reported each day is now slowly creeping up again.

Separate figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released today, 31 July suggest, the number of infections could be higher. A sample of households in England (excluding care homes and hospitals) which were swabbed to test for current infection, suggest cases have risen from an estimated 2,800 to 4,200 since last week.

The ONS’s estimates of daily cases are higher than those reported by the Department of Health and Social Care because they include people without symptoms who would not otherwise have applied for a test. Several countries across Europe have also reported a recent rise in cases, sparking concern of a similar resurgence of the disease in the UK; Spain as we know has seen a particularly sharp rise.

In mind of this background and whilst continually monitoring the situation, we have decided not to re-commence training until at least the end of September 2020.

We recognise how frustrating this must be for our customers, especially as some businesses have now re-started, however our opinion is that the idea that Coronavirus is under control is an illusion, a second wave will in fact simply be a continuation of the first wave and easing lockdown has created a massively false sense of security, hence signs of a deteriorating situation.

Once again, if the above timescale causes problems for individuals because of certificates expiring, even with the HSE extension provisions (see Update 21 March below), then we can only apologise; as we have already said, this crisis is not of our making, we are being swept along just like everybody else.

Please be assured that any individual already booked, who needs to book elsewhere to satisfy their qualification expiry, will in due course receive a full refund from First Aid 4 Life.

We simply continue to ask for your patience and forbearance to help us all through these unprecedented times.

Thank you.


Update 30 June 2020

We hope you and your families continue to stay well in these difficult times we all face.

We are still here, but continue to be furloughed, therefore still technically ‘off the air’.

We are beginning to consider how best to resume outdoor first aid training, which will require a huge amount of planning to meet the stringent health, safety and social distancing requirements in order to satisfy Government policy and keep both our employees and you, our customers, safe.

We do not anticipate courses commencing again until at least September 2020 and will prioritise customers (henceforth to be known as ‘priority customers’) who had already secured places on courses postponed due to the pandemic; needless to say course numbers, by definition, will have to be much smaller than we have been used to, which will create a backlog to get people qualified again.

With this in mind we have disabled the course booking facility with immediate effect so as to be able to allocate places to priority customers in due course; once we are back in business you will be individually advised of your potential place which you can accept, or it will be offered to the next priority customer.

If the above timescale causes problems for individuals because of certificates expiring, even with the HSE extension provisions (see Update 21 March below), then we can only apologise; this crisis is not of our making, we are being swept along just like everybody else.

Please be assured that any individual already booked, who needs to book elsewhere to satisfy their qualification expiry, will in due course receive a full refund from First Aid 4 Life.

We simply ask for your patience and forbearance to help us all through these unprecedented times.

Thank you.


Update 30 March 2020

We hope you and your families are all staying well and continue to do so.

We are still here!

However, in these unprecedented times, we have had to take the decision to furlough our employees, which means we will be ‘off the air’ for the time being.

This is to protect our future, so that we have one to continue training once this nightmare passes.

It is impossible to know how long this will continue however once restrictions are relaxed somewhat and we can all see a way through this crisis, we will be back.

Until such time, please stay safe and remember #StayHomeSavesLives.

Update 25 March 2020

Guide to self isolation courtesy of the Bee Gees – with special thanks to ‘The Ulster Fry’ – we hope they don’t mind us promoting such a sensible & humorous message! #FIGHTBACK


Update 23 March 2020

We hope you are all staying well!

We find First Aid 4 Life in an interesting position, on the one hand we are being asked to continue training because first aid skills are so important in these critical times, on the other we as a society are being asked to avoid mass gatherings and our training venues are, for the time being, asking us to stay away.

On this basis we have made two important decisions that, as with everything else, may change over time, as follows: –

  1. With immediate effect all of our public training courses will be suspended for the time being, to be reviewed on a regular basis… just as soon as we can re-schedule, be assured that you will be the first to know.
  2. Several of our larger customers are considering first aid training for small groups of ‘essential people’ at their own premises, which we are very happy to provide in line with the 10 step plan advised in our update of 19 March.

We are advising individual clients not to cancel bookings at present because when training recommences the floodgates will open; if you have already booked, we will honour your booking.

Can we also please remind you of the news in our update of 21 March advising of the HSE decision to extend the validity of current first aid certificates by up to 3 months, this being also subject to constant review.

Look after each other folks!


Update 21 March 2020

First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid requalification and validity periods extended by up to 3 months with effect from 16 March 2020.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is aware that people holding Offshore Medic (OM), Offshore First Aid (OFA), First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) certificates nearing expiry date, might experience disruption to access to requalification training as a result of events or circumstances generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

HSE’s current guidance on the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l74.pdf and the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l123.pdf is that those holding an OM, OFA, FAW or EFAW qualification should undertake retraining before their original certificate expires and HSE strongly recommends that  employers, and individuals holding those qualifications should plan for requalification training well in advance of expiry dates.

If however requalification training is prevented for reasons associated directly with Coronavirus or by complying with related government advice, it is reasonable and practical to extend the validity of current certificates by up to 3 months.  Anyone taking advantage of this extension should be able to describe clearly their reasons for delaying requalification training, and demonstrate steps they have taken to undertake the training, if required.

This guidance comes into effect for certificates expiring on or after 16th March 2020. HSE will review this matter over the coming months and will issue further statements as necessary.

Also, the Department of Education has commented as follows:

The Department for Education supports the HSE statement regarding the extension of first aid certificates during coronavirus emergency and that it can be applied to paediatric first aid certificates held by staff in early years provision.

Update 19 March 2020

On behalf of all of us at First Aid 4 Life we sincerely hope that this crisis is not causing you and your family any health issues or related challenges.

The safety and the well-being of our customers and staff is always our main priority, and we are working closely with the authorities to follow all relevant guidelines that minimise health risks.

The government have advised against ‘social gatherings’ and for people to work from home ‘where possible’, also the advice for those who should self-isolate has been increased.

We should note that first aid training is not a ‘social gathering’. It is essential training that is needed by workplaces, particularly when it is not possible for staff to work from home.

Going forward therefore these are some ways in which we hope we can help, recognising that government advice is changing on a daily basis so stay tuned:

  • we can introduce a maximum class size of six which we feel is more reassuring to our clients during this difficult time.
  • we can deliver training at the customer’s venue, thereby reducing anxiety about mixing with unknown others.
  • we have implemented this 10 step plan issued by Qualsafe to ensure hospital-grade infection prevention and control in the training room.
  • we will teach our learners about COVID-19 infection prevention and control (much of which is included in the 10 step plan); it is the FIRST lesson on the course!
  • these and other procedures will be enforced and closely supervised, to the extent that attending our training is likely to be safer than being in the majority of workplaces, or even homes.

We hope that these measures will reinforce your confidence that we are striving to continue supporting our customers while this dreadful situation develops.

Once again, we sincerely hope that you all stay healthy and reassured that this Covid-19 crisis WILL pass, life WILL return to normal.